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“New Mexican military history dating back almost 200 years.” 5 of 5 stars
Review of New Mexico National Guard Museum

New Mexico National Guard Museum
1050 Old Pecos Trail, Santa Fe, NM 87505 (Formerly Bataan Memorial Museum) (Downtown)
505 474 1670
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Ranked #77 of 227 things to do in Santa Fe
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Cd'A, Id.
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“New Mexican military history dating back almost 200 years.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2013

I have wanted to visit this museum for at least 2 previous trips to Santa Fe but, never made it happen. This time I was determined to see just what the "BATAAN" museum was had to offer. Turns out the museum houses historical military record of military actions and service of conflicts clear back in time to when the U.S. and Mexico were engaged in war, to Civil War action in New Mexico, to both World Wars, and all recent wars in Europe and the Arab region. Showcased are several articles of uniforms and many weapons from knives to swords to pistols, rifles, and machine guns. There were even items found or confiscated from enemy troops. The museum is a great look back into the past military involvement of the fine service men and women of New Mexico, and the current involvement of the New Mexico National Guard. The accounts of the service people who were lost in the Battle for Bataan was most touching and truly worth the trip to this museum. Thank you for giving the public a chance to remember some very difficult times with honor.

Visited June 2013
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Rhineland
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“Small but worth checking out”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2013

Before I visited Santa Fe, I found out there is a memorial/museum dedicated to the Bataan March: The Bataan Memorial and Military Museum. The New Mexico National Guard units 200th/515th Coastal Artillery were one of the main captives held during the march and subsequent captivity. Besides highlighting the Bataan March, the museum also has information on general New Mexican military history from 19th century to the present. Even though the museum is small and can be easily covered out in one hour, I recommend history buffs to check it out.

Visited April 2013
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Eugene, Oregon
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“Excellent Film and Museum”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2013

This is the sort of museum where my wife reads every word and misses no artifacts. And I almost matched her thoroughness. From the old west to the present day, the museum tells the story of New Mexican military history. We had particular interest in the Bataan death march and the museum didn't disappoint. The 10-minute film narrated by Alec Baldwin was outstanding. But we were fascinated with all the other memorabilia on display as well.

Visited March 2013
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San Diego, California
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“Tom O”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012

What a suprise when I visited this museum. I have seen a lot a military musuems and this is a small gem that anyone who has an interest in history, espically military history should visit. Yes, it does have some history on the Bataan Death March but is has more of a lot of other things. They have artifacts dating back to the soldiers of the initial Spanish who came to Santa Fe, continuing into the 1800's where the Union troops were dealing with attempted conquers of New Mexico from the Confederacy. The history displays continue up through World War ! and II and into the modern age of F-16's of the New Mexico National Guard. For a small museum they have an outstanding small arms weapons display that could be the envy of many a larger museum. Best of all, it's free but if you want to contribute money, there is a small box to drop some bill off.
I actually enjoyed this more than the Russian Military Museum in Moscow.

Visited December 2012
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Surprise, Arizona
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“What a gem”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2012

This small, but growing museum is a tribute to all the Soldiers from New Mexico, especially the soldiers who were in the Bataan Death March and were on the "hell-ship" transporting them to the POW camps and forced labor.

The movie is a must to understand what they all endured. Their bodies looked similar to the bodies in Nazi death camps. It may not be appropriate for young children.

The museum is Free, but your donations will help grow this museum.

Visited October 2012
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