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Palace of the Governors closing for remodeling

Changes are coming for the historic Palace of the Governors in Santa Fe.

The museum will close to the public for six months beginning Aug. 1. The closure is for the next phase of the multi-year remodeling project, which began in 2016 with new exterior stucco and plaster.

“The Palace of the Governors is a National Historic Landmark and in 2014 was designated a National Treasure by the National Trust for Historic Preservation,” said Andrew Wulf, executive director of the New Mexico History Museum and the Palace of the Governors.

“It is the Palace of the people of New Mexico and has played a significant role in the lives of our communities since it was first built in 1610, as the seat of the northernmost region of what was then New Spain.”

The renovations beginning Aug. 1 will include the installation of a heating, ventilation, air conditioning (HVAC) system as well as fire safety construction. No information on the cost of the project was available Monday.

According to Wulf, the temporary closure for this installation also requires the complete deinstallation of all of the palace exhibits and will allow the History Museum’s curators and educators to rethink the palace’s interpretive plan, which has not been updated for at least 10 years, with some exhibits dating back to the 1970s.

The Palace of the Governors will reopen in spring 2019. During its six-month closure, the palace will open for a monthly open house for the community to enjoy the Palace in the Raw lecture series, a multi-date event which begins in early October of this year.

The New Mexico History Museum, the Palace Press, the History Library and Photo Archives remain open throughout the duration of the palace closure.