The primary goal of the New Mexico Military Museum is to discover, preserve, and disseminate knowledge about New Mexico’s military history. This museum seeks to strengthen public understanding of how conflicts have shaped the state of New Mexico as well as the national experience.
By documenting, preserving, and exhibiting the stories of war through our collections, we hope that we may begin a dialogue with the community about how wartime efforts have shaped the state of New Mexico and the world-at-large.
OUR CURRENT GOALS
We are turning over a new leaf in our history. We are now focused on a single goal which is to tell the story of military history through the lens of New Mexico's history. This is done by focusing on collections care.
With a Museum Director now in place, we are working on gaining intellectual and physical control of our collections with new cataloging strategies in place, as well as new exhibits planned. Stay tuned for more updates!
The New Mexico Military Museum has undergone a few name changes in just a few short years. It was originally called the Bataan Memorial Museum as a way to honor those involved with the Bataan Death March and their connection with the building that the NMMM resides in. Given the National Guard's connection to this armory and their physical history here, the name was changed to the National Guard Museum. Now, in order to be more inclusive and allow for more educational opportunities, the name was changed to the New Mexico Military Museum.
OUR HISTORIC BUILDING
LA ARMERIA DE SANTA FE
The New Mexico Military Museum is located in the Old Santa Fe Armory which is included in the National Register of Historic Places (Ref. # 11000530). It was the second armory built in Santa Fe and became the home of Battery C of the 200th Coast Artillery which played a major role in the defense of the Philippines and were part of the Bataan Death March. This location also served as New Mexico's induction center during World War II.