The New Mexico History Museum opened in its 96,000 square foot building in 2009. It strives to be more than merely a place to house artifacts. It prides itself on working to advance education, civic engagement, and social change.
New Mexico has a unique mix of backgrounds, cultures, and languages. The museum uses a variety of technology, such as film, interactive computer programs, and oral histories to tell the stories of New Mexicans throughout the years.
The main exhibit is called "Telling New Mexico: Stories from Then and Now." It is divided up into six separate components, which illustrate the progression of New Mexican culture from the pre-colonial era to the present day. Each section offers first-person views into society, which can help us understand what life was really like.
The first section describes New Mexico before the arrival of Europeans. The second section involves life once the Spanish came and colonized present-day New Mexico. The third section bears witness to Mexican independence and the expulsion of Spain.
In the fourth section, New Mexico becomes part of the United States following the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo in 1848. The fifth section describes New Mexico's integration into the United States and its role in the country. The final section offers a tapestry of stories that describe present-day New Mexico and its people.
Cover image provided by The New Mexico History Museum.