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Museum of Spanish Colonial Art

Museum Hill, 750 Camino Lejo, Santa Fe, NM (Downtown)
505-982-2226
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Ranked #27 of 109 Attractions in Santa Fe
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Art Museums
Description: This museum houses over 3,000 objects in its varied collection of Spanish Colonial art.
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Beaverton, Oregon
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24 reviews 24 reviews
16 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

I loved this small museum with all kinds of Spanish colonial art, but the best part is the room featuring contemporary art done in the Spanish colonial style by children who have been mentored by local artists. Exquisite!

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Paso Robles, CA
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195 reviews 195 reviews
48 attraction reviews
110 helpful votes 110 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

A private museum located on Museum Hill (and not on the Museum Pass). We very much enjoyed the informative exhibits, providing excellent insights into the history of the Spanish in New Mexico. A very nice museum shop too. Friendly staff.

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Columbus
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46 reviews 46 reviews
17 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

This may be the smallest museum I've ever visited, but the works they had were stellar. The exhibit on women's accessories had truly stunning items. The traveling exhibit from Peru was also great. I went to this museum casually, almost to kill time, and was blown away by how much I enjoyed the items they had. I think it's a... More

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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19 reviews 19 reviews
3 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

This may be the best kept secret in Santa Fe. I have lived in Santa Fe for 8 years and this was my first visit here. The museum is small but full of Spanish Colonial artifacts . They have a great gift shop with not too expensive merchandise.

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Fairfax Station, Virginia
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2013

This museum represents the rich traditional Spanish arts that were, and still are, focused in and around New Mexico. Currently there is a stunning main exhibit of silver and crystal that belonged to a Spanish Embassador - delicate filigree and fabulous table wares will catch your eye. Other parts of the museum feature collections from modern day artists who still... More

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White Plains, New York
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49 reviews 49 reviews
31 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2013

The Museum of Spanish Colonial Art on Museum Hill in Santa Fe is boring and outdated. The staff, which sees few visitors, seems bored too. However, if you favor religious art -- virtually all the paintings have religious themes -- and primitive art, you’ll be less bored than we were. The Museum tries to explore Spanish Colonial arts and crafts... More

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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106 reviews 106 reviews
27 attraction reviews
137 helpful votes 137 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2013

Most tourists go to the main museum site a 1/4mile up the road and bypass this small gem. But if you are interested in a local museum giving a simple insight into the traditional Spanish heritage in northern New Mexico, this is your spot. Simple displays of everyday objects from the past few centuries in the context of a traditional... More

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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79 reviews 79 reviews
20 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

I visited here to gather additional information for a work project exploring the history of Spanish Americans. Many of the art pieces were beautiful, but we found the signage lacking in content and delivery; we’re still wondering about the Asian art on display here. The two staff members we encountered (one took our admission fees and the other worked in... More

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St Augustine
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23 reviews 23 reviews
9 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2013

This museum is a must. I liked it enormously because it is extremely well curated (everything is well explained and the exhibits are logically arranged). There is also a great set of 5-7 minute videos on the technical details of producing these works (the wood carvings, the tin work, etc.). The posted information is interesting. I found the docent tour... More

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Kansas City, Missouri
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2013

they do a great job curating this small museum jewel on museum hill... good rotating special exhibits

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