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New Mexico History Museum

113 Lincoln Avenue, Santa Fe, NM 87501 (Downtown)
(505) 476-5200
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Ranked #12 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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Reading, Pennsylvania
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

This museum is relatively new to Santa Fe and they've done an excellent job explaining the storied history of the region. Don't miss the gift shop-the best in Santa Fe.

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Bloomington, Indiana
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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

We spend a day in Santa Fe visiting museums and doing some minor shopping. This museum provided some good background on the area. To reduce confusion an overall orientation of the two buildings would be helpful. That might exist but we didn't see it.

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Top Contributor
63 reviews 63 reviews
17 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

The museum itself is fascinating, offering a good overview of New Mexico from pre-historic to modern times. The second floor exhibits, particularly the one on pinhole photography, were well worth the entry fee which, by the way, also gets you into the palace of Governors across the courtyard. The guide seemed knowledgeable but it was difficult to hear her over... More

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New York City, New York
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184 reviews 184 reviews
120 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014 NEW

If you're new to New Mexico, you'll get a good orientation to its past by going through the chronological display of New Mexican history, from ancient times through the Spanish colonial era and the Mexican era to the American era. The displays are easy to grasp, and the information is in English and Spanish (a great idea that other museums... More

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Tucson, Arizona
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100 reviews 100 reviews
45 attraction reviews
149 helpful votes 149 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

The museum is housed in two buildings, and neither one has a simple, chronological map to guide you. The relatively meager collection does provide an overview of the state's long history, but it comes in clumps and possibly out of order. Perhaps if the volunteer docent had shown up (no-show, no-call) our experience would have been different, but our self-guided... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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85 reviews 85 reviews
18 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

This was a really interesting museum. We got to it mid-afternoon and then were sent away when we discovered that it was closing. We had only made it to the mid-nineteenth century at that point! The museum is organized in two parts -- the original governors palace and then a brand new interpretive, museum center. We easily spent 2.5 hours... More

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Oklahoma
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45 reviews 45 reviews
25 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

While it's hard to get away from the shops and galleries, the New Mexico History Museum is so well done that it should be a "first" on everyone's list. You can spend as much time or as little as you like, but you need to get there to set the tome of visiting this extraordinary city. The displays are bright... More

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Pittsburgh
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90 reviews 90 reviews
36 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

The New Mexico History Museum was new, beautiful, and roomy. It was also a nice place to cool down while spending some time enjoying history.The museum was one of several that you could visit as part of the available $20 museum pass. It even had nice restrooms!

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boston
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Didn't love this museum. Mostly set up to entertain and educate small children. I found the exhibits neither sophisticated nor interesting.

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Lots to see presented in easy to follow ways. An added bonus the day we visited was the choral group preparing to do their concert which we were not able to stay for. Their practice session was beautiful.

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