Palace of the Governors

Santa Fe’s Palace of the Governors was built in 1609-10 by the Spanish government of New Mexico, and is now the oldest continuously used public building in the United States. The adobe fortress and government center has served as the capitol building for colonial Spain, Mexico, Pueblo Indians, and even (briefly) the Confederate States of America. The old palace now houses the History Museum of the Museum of New Mexico. The museum houses an artifact collection of over 15,000 objects, focusing on the history and culture of New Mexico and the Southwest, and spanning all the eras of New Mexico’s history: Spanish Colonial (1540-1821), Mexican (1821-1846), Territorial (1846-1912) and Statehood (1912-present). The Palace of the Governors also includes the Fray Angélico Chávez Library, a non- circulating, closed-stack research facility that preserves historical materials on the development and history of New Mexico, the Greater Southwest, the American West, and Meso-America from pre-European contacts to the present.

Links: Palace of the Governors Home Page

Location Map and Directions: Click Here

Leave a Reply