History Attractions in Santa Fe

In a city that's 400 years old, it's not too hard to find significant historic sites to visit.

We lead with Bandelier National Monument and Pecos National Historical Park, because 1300 A.D. is pretty darn historic, if you ask us. In New Mexico, it's important to understand the Native Americans who were here first, and who still are very much here.

For one-stop New Mexico history shopping, the new New Mexico History Museum near the Plaza offers an impressive survey of human habitation of the Land of Enchantment, from prehistory to now.

Number 5 on our list is San Miguel Mission, the oldest existing church in the U.S., being built in 1610. Down the street is Loretto Chapel, built in the 1870s, and famous for its "miraculous staircase." Around the corner is the Gothic St. Francis Cathedral, built in the 1880s.

We end our list with the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, dedicated to the artist whose love of New Mexico put us on the international art-scene map. She counted many important luminaries of the 20th-century as friends, and their contributions to New Mexico's artist legacy are honored here as well.

Pecos National Historical Park

Pecos National Historical Park preserves over 12,000 years of rich cultural history including Pecos Pueblo and Spanish mission ruins, the ruts of the Santa Fe Trail, the Forked Lighting Ranch and the Civil War Battle of Glorieta... read more

New Mexico History Museum

113 Lincoln Avenue
West Palace Avenue

Challenge The Way You Think... read more

El Rancho De Las Golondrinas

334 Los Pinos Rd

San Miguel Mission

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401 Old Santa Fe Trail
At E. De Vargas St

Oldest Church In The United States... read more

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Loretto Chapel

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207 Old Santa Fe Trail
Between Alameda and Water Sts

Miracles in the High Desert... read more

Museum of Spanish Colonial Art

750 Camino Lejo
The museum is located about 2 miles southeast of the Plaza

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New Mexico Museum of Art

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107 West Palace Ave
At Lincoln Ave

New Mexico's Oldest Art Museum... read more

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St. Francis Cathedral

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131 Cathedral Pl
Cathedral Place at San Francisco St

Historic Landmark... read more

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Georgia O'Keeffe Museum

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217 Johnson St

Modern Art Museum... read more
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