The Museum is located in the Plaza del Cerro, one of Chimayo's historic neighborhoods. The Plaza was organized as a fortified community in the second half of the eighteenth century by the Spanish colonial administration of New Mexico. The rectangular Plaza is made up of a contiguous row of adobe buildings. It was designed to protect its residents from attack. It is one of the best surviving examples of a fortified plaza in New Mexico. The Museum building is classic New Mexican adobe home with white-washed mud plastered interior walls, vigas as supporting ceiling beams and hardened mud floors. In the nineteenth century, it was the home of Jose Ramon Ortega y Vigil and Petra Mestas Ortega, ancestors of the world-renowned Ortega family of Chimayo weavers. The couple raised fourteen children in the building that is now home to exhibits honoring Chimayo's past and present. In addition to historic artifacts that have been donated to the Museum by our many supporters, on display are vintage photographs that illustrate life in Chimayo in the past. The Museum also provides a venue for many special events. It plays host to historians, genealogists, storytellers, poets, musicians, dancers and community advocates. Through our Los Maestros del Norte program, young students from the area come to the Museum to learn traditional New Mexican arts and crafts from Spanish Market artisans.