Palace of the Governors, Santa Fe

#5 of 36 in Museums in Santa Fe
Specialty Museum · Hidden Gem · Museum
The Palace of the Governors (Spanish: Palacio de los Gobernadores) (1610) is an adobe structure located on Palace Avenue on the Plaza of Santa Fe, New Mexico, between Lincoln Avenue and Washington Avenue. It is within the Santa Fe Historic District and it served as the seat of government for the state of New Mexico for centuries. The Palace of the Governors is the oldest continuously occupied public building in the United States.

Plan your Palace of the Governors visit and explore what else you can see and do in Santa Fe using our Santa Fe day trip planner.
Create an itinerary including Palace of the Governors
© OpenMapTiles © OpenStreetMap contributors

Palace of the Governors reviews

Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor traveler rating
TripAdvisor traveler rating 4.5
972 reviews
  • The Palace of the Governors is the oldest continuously occupied public building in the US. It's right on Santa Fe Plaza, and we appreciated the chance to see such an historic building. When we...  more »
  • This building has so much history, Unfortunately due to Covid all of the museums are closed, but just walking around and reading about the place was amazing.  more »
  • NOTE!! CURRENTLY CLOSED DUE TO RENOVATIONS! We visited the first weekend in Aug 2019. We were able to see the back side and courtyard and the printing press room by buying admission at the New Mexico History Museum located behind the Palace. We enjoyed looking at the building outside and especially enjoyed seeing the Native American artisans selling their beautiful jewelry along the walk on the plaza.
  • My family and I recently made a 4-day visit to Santa Fe, and the Palace of the Governors was one of our planned stops. I wanted to ensure we wouldn't miss it so I emailed the Collections and Education Manager since s/he is listed on the website as being the contact for tours. This person replied in a reasonable amount of time with a list of the hours (apparently cut and pasted from another source). What the person did not mention is that the Palace has been CLOSED FOR A YEAR for renovations! I would think the Palace of the Governors would have so much to offer, but it is very poorly managed (from its 1990s-style web page to its lack of social media presence to its employees who are purveyors of misinformation). I hope the future finds someone more than hapless at the helm to help the institution live up to its potential in 2019 and beyond.

Plan your trip to Santa Fe

  • Get a personalized trip
    A complete day by day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it
    Refine your trip. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it
    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it
    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.