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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 #28 of 107 attractions in Santa Fe
Type: Art Museums
Description: This museum houses over 3,000 objects in its varied collection of Spanish Colonial art.
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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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18 reviews 18 reviews
3 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 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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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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44 reviews 44 reviews
28 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 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The Museum of Spanish Colonial Art on Museum Hill in Santa Fe is boring and outdated.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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101 reviews 101 reviews
27 attraction reviews
117 helpful votes 117 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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71 reviews 71 reviews
17 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 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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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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
6 helpful votes 6 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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Lafayette, Colorado, United States
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32 reviews 32 reviews
22 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2013

I love most museums but this one sounded a bit tedious. Not so! I loved the well written descriptions, excellent layout and I learned a great deal.

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Houston, Texas
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27 reviews 27 reviews
15 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013 via mobile

Small but impressive collection of artifacts. Old and new items to explore. The youth collection showcases young people that are sure to be a success. Definitely worthwhile!

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Memphis, Tennessee
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

A lovely little gem of a museum, often overlooked by those heading to the International Folk Art or Wheelwright museums. Displays outstanding and important examples of early southwestern furniture and interesting small exhibits change every few months.

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