The New Mexico Colonial Home was built in the museum’s Heritage Gallery and is the centerpiece of the Spanish Colonial section of the gallery. New Mexico’s Spanish Colonial period was from 1598 — when the Spanish first settled in the region — to 1821. The time period for the home is 1815.
Like two other structures in the museum’s 20,000-square-foot gallery — Home Sweet Home and the Mercantile – the New Mexico Colonial Home is an exhibition that allows visitors to walk through, giving them a feeling of stepping back in time.
The home is made of adobe plaster and lots of wood, in the form of posts, vigas, latillas, corbels and lintels, that gives the structure an authentic, traditional look. It includes two rooms – a living room and courtyard, or placita.