Palace of the Governors
The Palace of the Governors, centrally located on the Santa Fe Plaza, stands as an iconic symbol of the history of New Mexico through four centuries and five governments.
Welcome to what is officially the oldest public building in the United States, Santa Fe's Palace of the Governors.
The Palace of the Governors is an adobe structure that sits between Lincoln Avenue and Washington Avenue, within Santa Fe's Historic District. This establishment served as the seat of the state government for centuries, first opened after constructed in 1610. It was discontinued as a government seat in 1909. The Pueblo/Spanish Colonial Revival architecture certainly makes it stand out, and so does the collection of priceless historical information within.
Inside you will find informational exhibits on the development of New Mexico, the museum chronicling the history of Santa Fe, New Mexico, and the region in general. The 'exhibits, collections, and archives reflect the Spanish Colonial (1540-1821), Mexican (1821-1846), U.S. Territorial (1846-1912), and U.S. Statehood (1912-Present) periods of history'. There are over 15,000 objects inside, some collection highlights including the Segesser Hide Paintings, State Seal, 16th Century Helmet, and 'Pancho' Villa Clock. Take a free docent tour during your visit and learn all about what is offered inside this National Historic Landmark and American Treasure. There are also downtown walking tours available each April through October.
The Palace of the Governors is a part of the New Mexico History Museum and also holds access to the Fray Angelico Chavez History Library, the state's oldest library, first opened in 1851.
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