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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 #8 of 151 Attractions in Santa Fe
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, History Museums, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Sights & Landmarks, Museums
Owner description: Opened May 24, 2009 just behind the historic Palace of the Governors, the New Mexico History Museum...
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Type: Historic Sites, History Museums, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Sights & Landmarks, Museums
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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Lynchburg, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

Enjoyed a free lecture about films shot in New Mexico, which was very informative, and also enjoyed the Fred Harvey company exhibit and docent talk. Great gift shop, too!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

A great museum, professional well done displays, great interactive exhibits. We spent 3 hours there but could have stayed longer. Price is very reasonable and includes the Palace of Governors. Palace of Governors is still in progress- lots of empty space but watch the video to get more information. Great gift shop. Staff is Not friendly or helpful.

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Rye, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

This is a very balance museum that explains the New Mexican history which is the oldest in Noethern America. The exhibits offer artifacts and audio presentations. A great source for students as well. Great gift shop.

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Ridgetown
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

We arrived when the museum opened at 10:00 a.m. and left for lunch at 12:30 p.m. During this time we saw the displays on the main floor and bottom level. Frankly, we rushed the bottom level a bit. We came back after lunch to see the top floor but that did not take much more than 15 minutes. While we... More 

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Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

Between the Palace of Governors and the New Mexico History Museum, I learned a lot about the history of New Mexico. The Museum was well thought out and chronologically displayed the history of New Mexico from early native Americans, Spanish rule, etc.up to the present day. I now know that I should have planned to spend more time understanding the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

I have visited the History Mus numerous times. The temporary exhibits and permanent collection are excellently presented in a beautiful building near the Plaza. A wonderful Harvey House collection has been added to the permanent collection which can't be missed. Anyone interested in the history of New Mexico should visit one of the better history museums in the southwest.

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Santa Fe, NM
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

Santa Fe is a town rich in culture and history and it's local museum had long housed artifacts from the Spanish Colonial period it was unable to display or properly protect. With the opening of the History Museum, the long span of New Mexico's history from Native American to Spanish to Anglo to the multicultural chili stew it is today... More 

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Abilene, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

Loved going on a Friday night - museum is free from 6-0 and has a festive air ... not crowded. Always great exhibits, but especially like the Fred Harvey

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Burlington, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

I've always thought that Hollywood movie makers never let facts get in the way of telling a story and a visit to this museum confirms that. Actual history much more interesting than Hollywood's take.

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West USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

If you are interested in learning more about the history of NM this is an excellent stop. Appropriate for all ages with some hands-on aspects that are great for children. Free on the first Friday of each month from 5-8PM.

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