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New Mexico History Museum

113 Lincoln Avenue, Santa Fe, NM 87501 (Downtown)
(505) 476-5200
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Ranked #10 of 109 Attractions in Santa Fe
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, History Museums, Landmarks/ Points of Interest
Owner description: Opened May 24, 2009 just behind the historic Palace of the Governors, the New Mexico History Museum takes over the role of being the state's history... more » Owner description: Opened May 24, 2009 just behind the historic Palace of the Governors, the New Mexico History Museum takes over the role of being the state's history museum from the Palace of the Governor's which is now part of the history campus. « less
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Victoria, Canada
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6 reviews 6 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

I had very little knowledge of the local history. The museum gave me a good background and taster for finding out more about the state's history. There was a good mixture of pioneer and native history, great permanent exhibits and the temporary exhibits showing pin hole camera pictures were very interesting. I would definitely go back.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

We spent a bit over two hours here seeing the excellent collection of artifacts and reading the informative signs. It provides a good overview of the state's interesting history.

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Saratoga Springs, New York
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

Some parts of the museum were very interesting, especially the historical side. There was a part of the museum with a temporary exhibition, and I didn't care much for it.

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Niskayuna, New York, United States
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24 reviews 24 reviews
6 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

It's like being transported back in time as you walk through the displays of the New Mexico Museum. This museum has creative, crisp and easy to read presentations in English and Spanish. It is moving to see the plight of the Native cultures and creates an opportunity to review our own personal history and roots. The museum brings you full... More

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Massachusetts
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32 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

We took the tour which was offered at 10:30 and noon when we were there in September. Our guide, Shelby, was excellent and very informative. The $9 pp admission for out of staters, included the tour of the Palace of Governors as well as admission to the history museum behind it. Enjoyed them both. found out that it is free... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

Visit the museum's pictorial history section. Thousands of pictures of early New Mexico. We found a picture of my wife's great grandfather in the archives.

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Dunedin, Florida
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66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

This museum is relatively new and a companion to the governor's adobe palace next door. Excellent photographs. In town off square but is still very challenged by museums at Museum Hill outside Sante Fe.

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Great place!! Very informative and learned a lot about the area. A definite must visit place. Found out much that I did not know before.

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

The New Mexico History Museum can be entered through the Palace of the Governors or from the street. The building is beautiful and the displays very informative. I'm not sure what year it was built, but it is in excellent condition. We were a little late and didn't get to see everything we hoped, but don't miss the display about... More

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Savannah, Georgia
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51 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

This is located in the downtown heart of Santa Fe, so there's just about no excuse not to visit it during your stay. The exhibits are extensive and informative and the staff is just so friendly. One very pleasant worker even invited me to join him for a chat during his lunch break. I also found a nice area of... More

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