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Free Activities and Museums around Santa Fe

posted Feb 11, 2013, 4:30 PM by Darcy Pedersen

Looking for a weekend activity? Thanks to CG parent Anna Llobet for compiling this excellent resource for parents!

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Bradbury Science museum

1350 Central Avenue, Los Alamos, NM 87544.

Free admission

Tuesday-Saturday: 10 am–5 pm
Sunday & Monday: 1–5 pm

Georgia O’Keefe Museum

Free to NM residents  from 5-7pm the first Friday of each month

Sunday  10 AM - 5 PM

Monday  10 AM - 5 PM

Tuesday  10 AM - 5 PM

Wednesday  10 AM - 5 PM (Last Wednesday of every month (Sept 2012-May 2013): 12PM-5PM* )

Thursday  10 AM - 5 PM

Friday  10 AM - 7 PM 

Saturday  10 AM - 5 PM

Harwood Museum of art

Free on Sundays for NM residents

238 Ledoux Street in Taos, NM, 87571       


Institute of American Indian arts museum

NM residents free on Sunday

Children under 16 always free

Santa Fe, New Mexico at 108 Cathedral Place,

s Monday and Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. and on Sunday from noon until 5 p.m. We are closed on Tuesdays

Museum of Indian arts and culture

710-708 Camino Lejo, Santa Fe

free for NM residents on Sunday

children under 16 always free

Tuesday through Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm. During the summer months, from Memorial Day through Labor Day, the Museums are also open Mondays from 10am-5pm


Museum of international Folk Art

Open 10AM to 5PM 

Free Friday evenings from 5 to 8PM

706 Camino Lejo, off the Old Santa Fe Trail,

Museum of Spanish colonial art


750 Camino Lejo  Santa Fe,

10:00am – 5:00pm  Tuesday – Sunday (Closed Mondays)

Free to New Mexico residents on Sundays

Under 16 always free


New Mexico History Museum

113 Lincoln Avenue

10 am 5 pm Tues. through Sun.

Free on Sunday to New Mexico residents 

Free Friday Evenings, 5 to 8 pm

Free on Wednesday to New Mexico senior citizens

Free to Museum Members and children under 17 


Palace of the Governors

105 West Palace Avenue

10am-5pm Tuesday through Sunday, except in the summer (Memorial Day through Labor Day), when the Palace is open all week long. Open til 8pm Fridays. Admission ticket includes access to the Palace, New Mexico History Museum and Palace Print Shop.

                        School groups FREE

                        All NM residents FREE on Sundays with ID

                        NM senior citizens age 60+ FREE on Wednesdays

                        Children 16 and under always FREE

                        Museum of New Mexico Foundation Members FREE

Friday evenings 5-8 pm FREE

New Mexico Museum of Art

107 West Palace Avenue, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., and Free Friday Evenings 5 - 8 p.m.

                        Friday evenings (5 - 8 p.m.) admission is free.

                        Museum members and children 16 and under are always admitted free.

                        Sundays are free for New Mexico residents with ID.

Wednesdays are free for New Mexico resident seniors with ID.



New Mexico museum of natural history and science

1801 Mountain Road NW in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

open from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM every day

                        New Mexico seniors age 60 and older receive free Museum admission every Wednesday.

Free to New Mexico residents (with ID) on the first Sunday of every month.

                        Admission to the Museum is free to all Veterans (with ID) on Veterans Day, November 11th.

Sandia Mountain Natural History Center

60 Columbine Lane Cedar Crest, Albuquerque

Free to New Mexico residents (with ID) on the first Sunday of every month.

                        Admission to the Museum is free to all Veterans (with ID) on Veterans Day, November 11th.


Randall Davey Audubon Center & Sanctuary

1800 Upper Canyon Road, Santa Fe

open daily from 8:00 AM to dusk

8:00 AM every Saturday, Bird walks lead by local experts, FREE!

Santa Fe Public library


The Planetarium at Santa Fe Community College

at Santa Fe Community College

Tickets are $5 for adults; $3 for preteens and seniors; and free for SFCC students, SFCC employees and planetarium members.

Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian

704 Camino Lejo, Santa Fe,

Monday through Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Admission is free.

Rio Grande Zoo, Aquarium, Botanic Garden


Membership: Family 2 adults and 4 children or 3 adults and 2 children          $99/year allows

                        FREE UNLIMITED Admission* to all ABQ BioPark Facilities:


                                                Botanic Garden


                        FREE Admission to  Zoo Boo and the Mothers' Day Symphony Concert

                        HALF PRICE Admission to the Summer Nights and Zoo Music Concert series

                        FREE or discounted admission to over 150 reciprocal zoos and aquariums throughout the nation

                        FREE Subscription to BioScape, our members-only quarterly publication featuring special insider information, upcoming events and updates on animal developments

INVITATIONS to our wildly popular and exclusive members-only picnic "Feast With the Beasts", annual meeting, and events

Bataan Memorial Museum

1050 Old Pecos Trail, Santa Fe, NM

Tuesday thru Saturday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

FREE Admission

National Hispanic Cultural Center and Museum

1701 4th Street SW
Albuquerque, NM 87102

Tuesday-Sunday, 10am-5pm

Free for children under 16 and NHCC members
Free on Sundays

New Mexico State Capitol Building, NM Governor’s gallery and New Mexico Capitol Art Collection

411 State Capitol, Santa Fe

corner of  Old Santa Fe Trail and Paseo de Peralta in Santa Fe.

Capitol building is open Monday through Friday 8:00am - 5:30pm, and Saturdays after Memorial Day and before Labor Day. Tours of the building are given regularly throughout the year and can be arranged by calling 505-986-4589.

Bandelier National Monument

Visitor center hours are 9 AM to 430 PM during winter.

Memorial Day - Labor Day: 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (Saturday of Memorial Day weekend through the Monday of Labor Day weekend )


January 21
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

April 22-26
five days during National Park Week

August 25
National Park Service Birthday

September 28
National Public Lands Day

November 9-11
Veterans Day weekend

Bandelier National Monument Annual Pass
Valid for one year from month of purchase. Admits purchaser and passengers in a single, private, non-commercial vehicle, or the pass holder and his/her immediate family (spouse, children, parents) when entry is by other means (foot, bicycle).

7-Day Automobile/Vehicle Permit
Entrance fee for all persons traveling in a single, private, non-commercial vehicles (car/truck/van/motorcycle).