Originally serving as Spain's seat of government in the present day American Southwest during the 17th century, the Palace of the Governors has survived and is now home to the history of the city of Santa Fe, all of New Mexico and the entire southwest. The palace was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1960 and an American Treasure in 1999. Exhibits open to the public include artifacts found throughout New Mexico's history, including hide paintings, a 19th century desk, and a state seal made of recycled hardware.
The collections consist of more that 15,000 objects and rotating exhibitions. Current displays include 'Treasures of Devotion,' highlighting the influence of the southwest region on religious artwork and a working exhibit of 19th and 20th century printing equipment and techniques still used to produce items such as books and cards.