In May 2009, the New Mexico History Museum became the state’s newest museum, joining its oldest, the Palace of the Governors, a National Historic Landmark that, in a way, is the museum's largest artifact. Inside our many walls, we tell more than 500 years of the stories that made the American West. Start your New Mexico adventure with our permanent exhibit, "Telling New Mexico: Stories from Then and Now," exploring the experiences of Native peoples, Spanish colonists, Santa Fe Trail riders, outlaws, the railroad, artists, scientists, hippies and more. Stories are told through artifacts, documents, maps, films, computer interactives, vibrant lectures, hands-on workshops, performances, and annual events like the Santa Fe Mountain Man Trade Fair and Las Posadas. Other features of our campus include the Native American Artisans Portal Program. The most visible symbol of the Santa Fe Plaza, this program supports Native artisans who have met standards of authenticity. Each day, the artisans display their wares on the Palace Portal and demonstrate the ongoing vigor of Native American culture and crafts in New Mexico. Be sure to visit the Palace Press in the courtyard for a glimpse of early printing techiques, and head upstairs in the museum for rotating exhibitions. The Cowden Cafe serves light lunches of soup, salad, and sandwiches. Two museum shops sell the best in New Mexico-made art, crafts and literature.