New Mexico History Museum (NMHM) announces that, for four days starting Tuesday, March 28, the Palace of the Governors and courtyard will temporarily close to the public. Construction on rooms within the Palace has reached a critical juncture, and to maintain standards of safety and quality visitor experience, NMHM has decided to limit access to the construction area.
The rest of the History Museum, including the Domenici Building and Chávez Library Building remain open.
“Great headway is being made on interior rehabilitation of the Palace of the Governors,” NMHM Executive Director Billy Garret said. “Contractors are actively working on repairs and refinishing of nine rooms that encompass more than 5,050 square feet. Once finished, these areas will be used as galleries, gathering spaces, an education lab, and limited but much needed storage.”
The ongoing construction in Palace of the Governors supports two goals: first, to support long-term preservation of the Palace as a National Historic Landmark, and second, to improve the functionality of the building as part of NMHM. As galleries are finished, temporary exhibits drawn from the museum’s extensive collections are being installed. The next exhibits to open will feature Nuevomexicano santos and Native American-made jewelry.
Substantial completion of interior rehabilitation is expected by the end of the year.
Work being conducted in the Palace through March 31: includes:
- Wall replastering
- Floor repair
- Electrical repair
- Asbestos abatement
- Duct work
- Ceiling installation