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New Mexico History Museum

Address: 113 Lincoln Avenue, Santa Fe, NM 87501 (Downtown)
Phone Number: (505) 476-5200
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Ranked #9 of 112 Attractions in Santa Fe
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, History Museums, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Museums
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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.

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new mexico
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195 reviews 195 reviews
48 attraction reviews
107 helpful votes 107 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014 NEW

The rich history of New Mexico before and after statehood, is well represented at the New Mexico History Museum. My husband and I pay a yearly visit and never tire of the on-going exhibits. These attractive displays interpret the history not only of New Mexico, but of the Southwest as well. Many are cause for reflection on who we are... More

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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18 attraction reviews
150 helpful votes 150 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014 NEW

There are TA listing for both the museum and the Palace of Governors but they seem to be connected with some of the most interesting artifacts from the Spanish colonial period displayed in the Palace of Governors. The historic building is every bit as interesting as the items it contains.

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Encinitas, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014 NEW

The history of how New Mexico was once part of Mexico and then independent and finally a state of the U.S. is really interesting. I had no idea how much New Mexico was a battleground between the Native Americans, the Mexicans, and the U.S. This museum does an excellent job telling the long history of New Mexico.

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24 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

This is a wonderful place with lots to see. One special surprise we had was the Santa Fe Opera practicing on Saturday afternoon in the auditorium attached to the museum! It was so beautiful and captivating. What a boon!

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Indian, Alaska
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6 attraction reviews
89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

This is a good museum and we especially appreciated the helpful staff. The woman at the ticket counter was very personable and helpful. Even one of the guards was helpful. We were very impressed with "Poetics of Light", an incredible special exhibit on pinhole photography with images from around the world.

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Augusta, GA
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268 attraction reviews
241 helpful votes 241 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

The permanent exhibit is extremely well done. The chronology of NM's history is simply set forth and easy to read. It's history is rich and different from most other states in the country, and we found it fascinating. There was a gentleman there giving a little lecture about Los Alamos, and we caught a few minutes of that. The temporary... More

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7 attraction reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

All are native Americans selling their artistic creations have come for years and love the different types and styles of jewelry. Price of silver has resulted in a variety of other metals being used. Many young artists are introducing less traditionally styles. Shortage of turquoise has resulted in different stones being offered. Wonderful experience. Talk with the people they are... More

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La Crosse, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

Very effective telling of the story of New Mexico, from prehistory to late 20th century. Nicely laid out--easy to find your way. You can cruise through in 40 min, just looking at the banners and major displays, or spend many hours reading detailed text and studying the many rare and historic artifacts.

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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10 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

If you are a tourist you have to visit. If you are a NM resident and have never gone - WHY? Great view of history and art. It is a good place to put history in perspective.

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Hudson, Florida
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

THIS MUSEUM IS REALLY WELL DONE,,It will five you a background to understand not only Santa Fe but the history of New Mexico in general.... It will improve your understanding of places you will visit in New Mexico.Outside of the museum are artist who display and sell their handcrafted works of art. They are a part of the Native American... More

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