History museums' acquisitions always instill wonder in children who have become bored with their own closets full of skeletons. Discover a body of knowledge with today's Groupon: for $37, you get a one-year family/dual membership to the Museum of New Mexico Foundation, good for two specified adults plus any children ages 16 and younger (a $75 value).
A private, nonprofit organization, the foundation supports the four museums and six historical monuments, located in Sante Fe and throughout the state, that comprise the Museum of New Mexico. Membership knights the card-carriers with unlimited admission to these 10 sites for a year, with enough exhibitions and events to sustain even the most ravenous fact-collecting, intellectual appetites.
Guests can time-travel at the New Mexico History Museum’s modern facility with artifacts, art, and interactive displays, then walk next door to the oldest continuously occupied government building in the country, the Palace of Governors. Coronado State Monument, boasting prehistoric and historic Native American and Spanish Colonial artifacts, marks the spot where Francisco Vásquez de Coronado first entered the Rio Grande valley looking for the Seven Cities of Gold and the Four Subdivisions of Sheetrock. The New Mexico Museum of Art proudly showcases a rotating collection of more than 20,000 works by artists who have worked, lived, or been influenced by the Land of Enchantment.
Members also get access to other monuments, plus the Museums of Indian Arts & Culture and International Folk Art, as well as a 10% discount at museum cafés and shops. A subscription to the foundation's magazine, El Palacio, suitable for bedtime reading or swatting away unwelcome critter callers, as well as discounts on museum lectures, programs, and classes, round out the cultural package.
Museum of New Mexico Foundation
With four museums and six monuments, the nonprofit Museum of New Mexico Foundation keeps the state's artistic and cultural heritage alive with enthralling permanent collections, exhibits, and events. Art aficionados can marvel at more than 20,000 works by artists with strong ties to the state in the New Mexico Museum of Art, check out more than 1,300 artifacts in the Museum of Indian Arts & Culture, and attempt to tape their “lost cat” flyers to more than 100,000 items culled from 100 countries at the Museum of International Folk Art. Meanwhile, the New Mexico History Museum’s 30,000-square-foot exhibition space covers topics ranging from the Santa Fe Trail to World War II through art, maps, and photographs.
After each museum visit, guests can stop by the Coronado State Monument, which marks the spot where Coronado and his crew entered the Rio Grande Valley in search of the Seven Cities of Gold and their lost car keys. The foundation's sextet of monuments also includes the stone ruins of a 500-year-old Indian village at Jemez and exhibits on frontier and military life at Fort Selden.