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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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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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Well worth visiting

My husband is a Civil War buff, so we went to see the special exhibit, which was small but thoughtfully done. We also liked the Harvey Hotels exhibit, which inspired us to eat... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Anchorage, Alaska
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Anchorage, Alaska
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122 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

My husband is a Civil War buff, so we went to see the special exhibit, which was small but thoughtfully done. We also liked the Harvey Hotels exhibit, which inspired us to eat lunch at La Fonda. Normally we go to Museum Hill, but look forward to see more of this museum on our next visit to Santa Fe.

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Springfield, VA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 144 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The museum is a good introduction to the history of New Mexico and well worth the visit. We particularly enjoyed the small exhibit on the Harvey Girls as well as an exhibit called "Painting the Divine" which focused on religious art in the new world.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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132 reviews
79 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is one museum that I feel like I have to recommend even if you aren't normally big on museums. For one, part of the museum is located in the Palace of Governor's and just seeing the interior of the building is worth the price of admission. Beyond that, there is a real treasure trove of exhibits to be found,... More 

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Saskatoon, Canada
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137 reviews
79 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

very well done, get a combo ticket which lets you into the governors mansion next door as well. Good displays very well laid out.

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Waterford, Michigan
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

As a world traveler, I have visited many museums. And as a Chicagoite, I have used the Museum of Science and Industry as the standard. The New Mexico History Miuseum is right up there with the best because: 1] Its collections are carefully displayed in uncluttered ways; 2] Signage provides succinct and easy to read copy; 3] Where possible, the... More 

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Anchorage, Alaska
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I think this is a great comprehensive history museum. It goes mostly in chronological order, except for some stories which are told if full and need deterring from the many timeline. It all makes sense and if fairly nicely curated and summed up. I really enjoyed all of the maps which give you a sense of how the land was... More 

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Thank Crystal L
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I just love going to this museum. The exhibits are really quite interesting and have been put together well. At times, there are presentations that coincide with a specific exhibit. Recently, we visited to see the Civil War exhibit. There was music and a presentation by re-enactors of the civil war era. We specifically went to the exhibit to see... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Doing maintenance to the museum, very little time to observe, will return as a customer for sure. Very well kept and interesting.

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New Mexico
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12 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Stopped in and had only about 2 hours to spare to be a tourist. Very welcoming reception but not much direction given. Its not necessary since it is very intuitive and modern in guidance throughout the exhibits. Loved the touch screens, videos, sound highlights. Then the Palace of the Governors gives such a sense of history and being in the... More 

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New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was the first place we went to in Santa Fe in order to get an good overview of the history in New Mexico. We joined a docent led tour which was phenomenal. She gave a great one hour tour of the museum and brought the history to life with her animated presentation. We spent another few hours at the... More 

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