Single pass now offered for State museums and monuments


SANTA FE-With the nation’s largest and most diverse family of state-run museums as incentive, the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs is now offering a one-ticket pass for entry into all of the state’s 14 museums and historic monuments.

The New Mexico CulturePass allows the purchaser one-time visits to each of the eight museums and six monuments that are funded and operated by the State of New Mexico. The $20 pass is valid for one year from date of first use and is available to both New Mexico residents and tourists.

“From dinosaurs to Pueblo pottery, rocket ships to world-class folk art, the people of New Mexico have developed our nation’s most ambitious collection of state-supported museums and monuments,” said Stuart Ashman, Secretary of the Department of Cultural Affairs. “We thought it made sense to package these thematically diverse cultural experiences into one ticket for convenience and economy.”

At $20 the New Mexico CulturePass represents more than a 50 percent savings if all 14 museums and monuments are visited. The average admission price to a state museum is $5, to a State Monument – $3. The CulturePass is being sold at all state museums and monuments, on the department’s website – http://www.newmexicoculture.org and beginning in March at the Tourism Department’s visitor centers located statewide. The passes are good for general admission only. Films shown in museum theaters, as well as certain special events and programming are not included.

“Because our cultural facilities are located throughout New Mexico, the CulturePass adapts immediately to travel plans,” explained Ashman. “And with the variety that the museums and monuments represent, there’s something for all ages and interests.”

Museums included in the New Mexico CulturePass:
Palace of the Governors (Santa Fe)
Museum of Fine Arts (Santa Fe)
Museum of International Folk Art (Santa Fe)
Museum of Indian Arts and Culture (Santa Fe)
Museum of Natural History and Science (Albuquerque)
National Hispanic Cultural Center (Albuquerque)
New Mexico Museum of Space History (Alamogordo)
Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum in Las Cruces (Las Cruces)

State Monuments included:
Lincoln (town of Lincoln)
Coronado (Bernalillo)
Jemez (Jemez Springs)
Fort Selden (Radium Springs, near Las Cruces)
Bosque Redondo Memorial (Fort Sumner)
El Camino Real International Heritage Center (south of Socorro)

Established by the New Mexico Legislature in 1978, the Department of Cultural Affairs also includes the Office of Archaeological Studies, Museum Services Division, State Library, Historic Preservation Division and New Mexico Arts. The department’s museums and monuments welcome nearly a million visitors each year.

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