Weddings and Events | New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs

Weddings and Events

If anyone knows how to celebrate, we do—we’ve been doing it for centuries!

Event venues rooted in culture, history and natural beauty

Have your guests experience the ultimate that New Mexico has to offer in charm, beauty and authenticity by holding your special event at one of our state’s museums or historic sites. 

Surrounded by art, history and natural beauty, DCA’s facilities provide you with opportunities not found elsewhere. Not only are rental fees competitive and affordable, but the facility rentals offer unusual flexibility in terms of catering options to meet your individual needs.

In Santa Fe’s Historic Downtown—Make History with YOUR event

Take a walk into the past, while creating future memories.

The New Mexico History Museum and Palace of the Governors are set in the heart of 400-year-old Santa Fe on the Plaza. The Palace of the Governors, built in 1610, and the oldest public building in the United States, is not only a designated National Historic landmark, but has also been added to the prestigious National Treasures list.  The Palace and its courtyard, along with the NM History Museum, offer a unique setting for your wedding or other special events.

For more information, see:

The New Mexico Museum of Art stirs the imagination: an enchanting wedding or cocktail reception in a courtyard garden full of flowers, an awards ceremony in a stately boardroom, luncheon or early breakfast in a sculpture garden. The Saint Francis Auditorium serves as one of Santa Fe's premier performance halls, seats 450 people and is a perfect venue for events from weddings to concerts to lectures.


In Santa Fe on Museum Hill on Milner Plaza—Delight your guests with views and spaces that are unparalleled

Milner Plaza on Museum Hill straddles a ridgetop once crossed by travelers on the Old Santa Fe Trail. Located in the close-in foothills of the Sangre de Cristo range, it is provides a stunning entry point for event-goers.

The Museum of Indian Arts & Culture and the historic Meem Auditorium in the Laboratory of Anthropology offer a spectacular venue for private parties, receptions, and corporate events. The museum offers intimate settings for small groups and meetings, or ceremonies and celebrations in the historic Meem Auditorium, which is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Details here: 

The Museum of International Folk Art is a unique venue with a variety of exciting spaces available for rental. Outdoor spaces boast spectacular mountain views with several patios on Milner Plaza. Indoor spaces include a light-filled Atrium, the Neutrogena Lounge, and the opportunity to have one or more galleries open. Corporate events, weddings and receptions can all be accommodated at the museum. See:

Also located on beautiful Milner Plaza on Museum Hill is the Museum Hill Café which can serve as a convenient lunch or reception location for small groups up to 100. 

In Lincoln, in a town frozen in time

President Rutherford B. Hayes called Lincoln’s main street “the most dangerous street in America.” In this quiet one-street community you and your wedding guests can walk in the footsteps of Sheriff Pat Garrett, Billy the Kid, and other infamous characters involved in the Lincoln County War, 1878-1881. Imagine your ceremony in the Old Lincoln County Courthouse or the San Juan Mission Church. Arrive on horseback or Harley and make your wedding part of the history of Lincoln, located 12 miles east of Capitan on U.S. 380.

In Jemez, among the ruins at Giusewa

Imagine your event taking place among the massive stone walls of San Jose de los Jemez Mission, built about the time the Pilgrims arrived in Plymouth Rock. Jemez Historic Site is a registered National Historic Landmark boasting picturesque prehistoric and historic ruins, 1400’ of accessible trails, and an interpretive center with modern amenities. Situated just 60 miles north of Albuquerque in the Village of Jemez Springs, your attendees will also have easy access several dining establishments, hiking trails, fishing access and some of Northern New Mexico's most renowned and relaxing natural hot springs and bath houses. 

For contact information go to: