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New Mexico History Museum

113 Lincoln Avenue, Santa Fe, NM 87501 (Downtown)
(505) 476-5200
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Ranked #7 of 107 attractions in Santa Fe
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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long island, ny
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47 reviews 47 reviews
5 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

This is really a two part museum with the govenors palace. We took the guided tour of the history museum and he was amazing and interesting. Definitely recommend this with the guide.

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

The NM History Museum is terrific! New Mexico's history is presented in a clear way with great displays. I learned so much! Plus, the museum shop is extensive and well-stocked. Not to mention, it has a great browsing atmosphere.

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Nebraska
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75 reviews 75 reviews
26 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

We stopped in to see the historical governor's palace & were very pleasantly surprised by the museum. The museum was well laid out & contains many interestingly displayed items. Well worth the time & cost.

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Oak Park, Illinois
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28 reviews 28 reviews
19 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

This museum is almost a must-see if you're going to stay in Santa Fe for more than a couple of days, and want some perspective on the place. It offers a good intro to the long history of the city and the state. It's a bit pricey so I'd recommend getting at least a two-museum pass for just a bit... More

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Mobile, Alabama
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43 reviews 43 reviews
10 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

A nice presentation of the history of New Mexico. The location of the exhibits is chronologically a bit confusing, but all-in-all the museum and adjoining Palace of Governors are well-done and worth the cost of admission.

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SF
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40 reviews 40 reviews
7 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

The front section in the Palace of the Governors has a decent collection of artifacts but presents them in a rather unorganized fashion. The new wing in the back has a more direct linear history of the colony / state but is weak on artifacts. Overall it does help you understand the history of New Mexico, but it could certainly... More

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Vancouver, Canada
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15 reviews 15 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

The Museum is a good way to spend a few hours learning about the history of the area. It is a bit spendy but most of the exhibits are clear and easily understood.

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Portland, Oregon
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014

The History Museum includes the Governor's Palace. The exhibits provide a good introduction to New Mexico history from the pre-Columbian days to modern times. It is well laid out and respectful of the many traditions that combined to make New Mexico.

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Cruso, North Carolina, United States
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27 reviews 27 reviews
10 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014

We spent much of the day there with a break for lunch. The museum provides an excellent overview of the state's long and varied history. One of the reasons for my 5 star rating is that the state has really interesting history! Be sure to leave time for the old capital building. Also, the "Cowboy Exhibit" was novel. We bought... More

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Pensacola, Florida
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17 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

Found this to be very interesting. I tried the guided tour, but gave up when it basically became a lecture. I realize she is a volunteer, but it was better to just walk around myself. The exhibits were very interesting, and I enjoyed walking around and looking and learning. I would recommend this as a good place to visit.

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