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La Hacienda del los Martinez

Ranchitos Rd, Taos, NM 87571
505/758-0505
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Ranked #15 of 39 attractions in Taos
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Specialty Museums
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Denver, Colorado
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60 reviews 60 reviews
13 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

This was my first visit and I was charmed and educated. They have a current exhibit (like through about June 2014) of photograph of moradas in the Taos area. They are identified only by the subject, the weather, and the time of day for privacy; but the written notes including quotations from members of the Hermanidad (AKA Los Penitentes), offer... More

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Taos, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

Fun small gift shop, amazing look at life way back in the trading days; just walking around the exterior of the Hacienda is worth the visit. Santos/bultos room is outstanding. Take the 7 minute drive out of town and go!!!!

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Kutztown, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2013

When you enter the hacienda you feel that you have been transported back 200 years. This large adobe was the home of the Martinez family who farmed the land and it was also a trading post. The self guided tour (there is printed material on each room) shows how the family lived and worked. There are rooms that served as... More

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Warrensburg MO
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2013

Museum is part of Taos Museum pass, and is historic rather than art, demonstrating early Hispanic settler life. Friendly staff in gift shop and weaving demonstrator (who enjoys first person). Try not to get there too close to closing.

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Illinois
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18 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2013

The Martinez hacienda is always a highlight of our trips to Taos -- we visited here for the third time, this time with grandchildren, aged 10 and 12 and their parents. It's a low key site and not crowded, allowing a leisurely stroll through the rooms surrounding two central courtyards. Period furniture and artifacts tell the story of life on... More

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Los Angeles, California
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37 reviews 37 reviews
17 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2013

This property allows one to step back in time and experience the life and times of early settlers in the Taos area. Most of the rooms are open and furnished in typical styles of the period. There is one large room with an extensive display of beautiful quilts and another room with beautiful photographs.

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Chicago
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54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2013

The family hacienda dates back to 1804, when it was bustling with people and daily activity. The admissions office/gift shop is well organized. At first glance, there doesn't seem to be much to see, but there's much to observe, including a live blacksmith demonstration. The free handout is detailed and describes each room, a total of 21, surrounding 2 courtyards.... More

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Hartford, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2013

We always enjoy some of the History of the places we visit. Very interesting if you are into this sort of thing.

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Newcastle, Wyoming
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

The Martinez hacienda is a restored adobe fort like structure that has a living history program explaining the lifestyle of hispanic settlers in the early days of Taos. Since they had to be self sufficient, everything needed was within the walls of the hacienda and you are free to investigate on your own at your own pace. Very worthwhile visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

This is an important museum for four reasons: 1. It is one of the earliest dwellings of European settlers in the area -- a self contained little fort. 2. The structure is scrupulously. preserved 3. The design informs us of the daily life of the settlers. 4) Brother Martinez, member of the original family, was a hugely influential humanitarian, progressive... More

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