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New Mexico History Museum

113 Lincoln Avenue, Santa Fe, NM 87501 (Downtown)
(505) 476-5200
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Ranked #8 of 109 attractions in Santa Fe
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

If you're visiting Santa Fe, and want to learn about how this city came to be, this is a must stop on your trip. Exhibits cover Santa Fe and New Mexico from the city and states' early beginnings, all the way up to the present time. Much to learn about the history and various people and events that have made... More

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Quincy, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

Very good information and displays about NM history. There were two periods that were insufficiently covered: 1) the pre-colonial era/ native American periods and 2) the modern period and the development of Santa Fe as an artistic center. This was disappointing.

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Los Altos, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

Spend 1-1.5 hours wandering through the well-conceived display of New Mexico history from early Native American artifacts to Spanish "discovery" and Mexican settlement. Texas occupied NM for a matter of days during the Civil War before their supply lines were cut and NM finally made statehood early in the 20th century. Interesting exhibit on the people who came to Los... More

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Houston,TX
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

This is a 3-level museum devoted to more than 400 years of New Mexico history. It is worth buying the $25 Cultural Pass which will admit you to multiple museums, monuments and venues in Santa Fe and beyond. Do not be deterred by the fact that it is good for one year. It more than pays for itself with 3... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Not to miss the current pinhole camera exhibit. It went up on National Pinhole Day in April. Also, stop by the Print Shop for an informative and interesting exhibit.

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texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

A lot to read, but also much to see. Does little with pre-White people times, but walks one through from then until the 1960's and beyond very well. A couple of big galleries for temporary shows.

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

The displays are very nicely done and creative. There is lots to see and a few things to interact with. Great lighting and sound. Great gift shop. This is a museum to be proud to visit.

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Yuma, AZ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

We visited this museum while spending a few days in Santa Fe. I have some family history related to Santa Fe and decided this would be an interesting museum. It is laid out in a nicely organized way and provides a great introduction into the history of New Mexico. We combined this with a visit to the Palace of the... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

A great place to enjoy for several hours (or whatever time you have). They have sections for each era. The galleries are very well organized. Kids will love the multimedia displays. Very reasonable entry fee for a beautifully arranged museum.

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Lawndale, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

This museum is split in two. The old museum which has many artifacts of old(religious, underground digs, and New Mexican history). I found this part of the museum my favorite. This was the building that housed most of the government in the old days. The history and feeling of this building was just fantastic. The second part was the newer... More

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