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Museum of Spanish Colonial Art

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Address: Museum Hill, 750 Camino Lejo, Santa Fe, NM
Phone Number: 505-982-2226
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Description: This museum houses over 3,000 objects in its varied collection of Spanish...
This museum houses over 3,000 objects in its varied collection of Spanish Colonial art.
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Spanish Heritage of Santa Fe

This is a collection focused museum which delves into the Spanish heritage of the early European / Mexican settlers of this area. Great historical perspective with commensurate... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 26, 2015
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Turin, Italy
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52 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

Small, interesting museum which is the only one of its kind in the U.S. to focus on this particular subject matter. I particularly enjoyed the temporary exhibit "Blue on Blue: Indigo and Cobalt in New Spain." Who knew Franciscan friars traditionally wore indigo-colored robes? The second temporary exhibit, a collection of black and white photos, was also very interesting. The... More 

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Amarillo, Texas
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45 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

My wife and I stopped here before visiting the other museums on Museum Hill. As the name says, this one is dedicated to Spanish Colonial Art and its influence in New Mexico. The museum did offer some very nice and interesting pieces of art and it is displayed in a way that engages the visitor. My wife and I enjoyed... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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29 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

Very disappointed. I was here a few years ago and really enjoyed this very small museum. This trip, half of it was an exhibit of uninteresting photographs. I wanted to show my companion the historical artifacts but there weren't that many. I expected much better for the $8 entrance fee to this place. Disappointing.

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Dallas
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54 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

This is a small museum and is divided into the Indigo Room, several small photography galleries, and several small rooms with miscellaneous artifacts. I especially enjoyed the Indigo room, the photography, and the silverwork. The museum also houses a significant Colonial Spanish religious collection which is magnificent. All of the staff was phenomenal. Don’t miss the filigree platter – glorious!... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

This is a collection focused museum which delves into the Spanish heritage of the early European / Mexican settlers of this area. Great historical perspective with commensurate collection pieces. Has also South American art pieces. Nice visit.

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Kalispell, Montana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 486 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

This museum veers away from the Native American influence in Santa Fe and speaks more to the Spanish influence. The Spanish Artwork is very different than the Native American and now, contemporary artwork but it is very unique. The museum has fabulous artifacts and some works on loan from South America. If you love retablos and metal work this will... More 

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Naples, Florida, United States
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34 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

This museum, part of the Museum Hill attractions, does it's best to show visitors the art, and more, of the Spanish period of New Mexico. Most interesting was our conversation with the attendant who traces his family lineage back through several generations and his families maintenance of land titles going back over a century. Almost wish he recorded these thoughts... More 

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Fredericksburg, Virginia
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57 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

My wife and I absolutely loved the retablos and other painted pieces in the museum. Their were also collections on loan displaying other others of colonial new spain, such as South American artifacts. The gift shop has some great options for unique art from local artists, however, the majority of the items did seem overpriced.

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

This is a true Spanish style Museum where you have an opportunity to learn about the Spanish influence on Santa Fe wihch began back in 1598 when the Spanish conquistadors arrived in this part of the USA...it also has many artifacts, a set up how they lived and don't forget to spend time in the basement where there are archives... More 

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North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

Lovely display of Spanish heritage and art--especially interesting collection on Spanish-Native American religious icons and interaction. Wonderfully simple explanations of displays.

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