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New Mexico History Museum

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Address: 113 Lincoln Avenue, Santa Fe, NM 87501
Phone Number: (505) 476-5200
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Description: Opened May 24, 2009 just behind the historic Palace of the Governors, the...
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.
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I only had 2 hours, but was able to see some of the exhibits. There was no charge for military or ex-military. The museum is very well done, and I would have liked to come back... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 21, 2015
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South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

I only had 2 hours, but was able to see some of the exhibits. There was no charge for military or ex-military. The museum is very well done, and I would have liked to come back for more.

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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

Wow! Being from Texas I assumed New Mexico was a wasteland with some mountains mixed in, I was wrong. Surprised at the rich history of NM in a shown in a very interactive & interesting way! The culture and arts, involvement in the Civil War, role in World War II (don't miss this!) to the history of the Spanish, Mexico... More 

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Franklin, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

We sort of stumbled into this facility during our visit to Santa Fe. What a great place! Many great artifacts (don't miss the stagecoach) and scattered throughout were various archeological diggings under the floor. I truly learned a great deal about the history of the region. And if you're a veteran admission is free.

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

enjoyed the chronological history of the people and geography of NM. many diaramas and objects from the indian ancestors, spanish, US settlers, to current day residents

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Lake Stevens, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

We were fortunate to arrive at the museum just before a tour was scheduled to begin. This 45 minute free overview of New Mexico History covers centuries in a capsule. While there are many topics that you'll want to explore in depth these twice daily tours are a great intro to your visit to the museum.

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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33 reviews 33 reviews
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79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Went with my daughters class for a field trip. There was enough to do to keep the kids interested and the exhibits were interesting and filled with culture and history. I would recommend to taking kids over 7 or leave the kids home and visit one of Santa Fe's great museums as a couple or with friends.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

Upon entering, you greeted by enthusiasm from staff. And then as you walk through this interactive museum, you will experience minimal artifacts used to describe and show the event being described which allowed us to flow through the periods easily. There are several movies, documentaries, and interactive displays that made history come alive. Definitely recommend and allow two hours minimum... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

A bigger then expected museum. The exhibition of pinhole photography was excellent. It showed many different techniques and styles of pinhole photography. Other galleries showing paintings or historical materials were very good. Definitely worth a visit.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

The New Mexico History Museum was a great afternoon activity. Learned a ton about the history of Santa Fe. Very well laid out and interactive.

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

The exhibits are fabulous. The history of New Mexico is fascinating, heartbreaking and a testament to the strength of a people. Such a great way to spend a couple of hours---but pair it with a trip to the Palace of the Governors!!!

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