The Chimayó Museum is located on Plaza del Cerró, the center of a Spanish Colonial settlement established in 1740. Plaza del Cerró is enclosed by contiguous adobe buildings. Its three entrances are only wide enough to admit people on foot and animals, making it easy to defend. It is one of the last fortified plazas in New Mexico.
The museum building is a classic adobe with viga ceilings and dirt floors – the traditional style that is the foundation of contemporary Southwestern architecture.
The building was originally home to Jose Ramon Ortega and Petra Mestas Ortega, ancestors of the world-renowned Ortega family of Rio Grandé weavers. The couple raised 14 children in the building.
The museum is dedicated to educating the public, particularly young New Mexicans, about the history and culture of Chimayó and its surrounding communities, and to supporting the work of established and emerging local artists.
The museum has a collection of photographs dating to the late 1800s and early 1900s that show the everyday lives, work and faith of Chimayó’s people.
The museum also display contemporary work, including the Española Student Art Show and Los Maestros.
The museum is run by the nonprofit Chimayó Cultural Preservation Association.
Address: Plaza del Cerro, Chimayó, NM 87522
Hours: Wednesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Closed October through April
Admission: By donation