Conde Nast: Best World Cities for Art and Culture


In Condé Nast Traveler’s 2016 Annual Readers Choice Awards survey, readers were asked to name the their favorite hot spots of music, dance, museums and theaters. Readers propelled Santa Fe to the ninth spot, eclipsing Washington, D.C. and Prague and placing just behind Venice.

Considering Santa Fe’s more intimate size when compared to these major metropolises, it’s safe to say that New Mexico’s political and creative capital punches above its weight. The sheer number of museums, art galleries, performance centers, art markets, festivals and artistic, culinary and crafts classes have made Santa Fe a treasure trove of cultural finds and experiences.

While the Georgia O’Keeffe museum is one of the downtown’s cultural focal points, the online magazine advises not to miss Museum Hill or Canyon Road.

“[T]he Museum of International Folk Art is packed with 130,000 objects, the ultimate in art, textiles, and kitsch from around the world—Japanese woodblock prints, Indonesian shadow puppets, you name it. Canyon Road is a literal highway of art galleries (and shopping, dining, etc.—all that culture can make you hungry). .”

Read more at Condé Nast Traveler’s “World’s Best Cities for Art and Culture

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