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The purpose of the education programs at the Museum of Spanish Colonial Art is to promote, preserve, encourage, and educate the public about the study of the Spanish colonial arts and its related cultures and living traditions. The Society’s museum and onsite collection serve as the center and basis for educational programs.

You will find educational tools in the Museum to make your visit fun and informative. Interactive materials add a new dimension to the traditional adult-oriented art galleries. In the Youth Gallery, parents can read a story, help children complete a puzzle, explore our costume nicho, or children may complete a coloring sheet or weaving activity.


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Lectures and special programs for adults are scheduled during the year, and feature traditional market artists, historians, authors, art curators, and special speakers with an artistic or historic focus. These programs are free to members.

Please call 505-982-2226 for specific program details.

Docent (tour guide) led tours of the museum are available for walk-ins without reservations, year-round at 11:00AM.

Tours may be for schools, organizations, private groups, or for bi-lingual Spanish groups. Tours last 45 minutes to an hour and groups need to schedule two weeks in advance through the Education Department by calling 505-982-2226, Ext. 109 or emailing

The Spanish Colonial Arts Society sponsors a free educational outreach program, “Art Connections” in public and private schools in northern New Mexico. These classes are in the traditional Spanish colonial arts and are taught by experienced Market artists. Classes are taught in retablos, straw appliqué, tinwork, colcha embroidery, pottery and weaving. The artists bring examples of their art work and also give a demonstration to introduce the art form. Each student who participates receives the materials and training to complete an individual art project and an invitation to visit the Museum with their family for free. We are grateful to our donors whose gifts make our Education Outreach Programs possible.

A follow-up class field trip to the Museum of Spanish Colonial Art for a docent-led tour continues the education in New Mexico history, art and culture. Beautiful art works from the Museum’s collection of over 3500 pieces dating back to the 17th century show the connections between Spain, Mexico, New Mexico, South America, Asia, and Europe. Classes can also visit the ethnobotanical garden in spring and fall to view the plants used by the artists to make their paints and weaving dyes.