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New Mexico History Museum

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Address: 113 Lincoln Ave, Santa Fe, NM 87501-2005
Phone Number: (505) 476-5200
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Opened May 24, 2009 just behind the historic Palace of the Governors, the...

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.

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Always stop at museums. This was one of the best!

Excellent docent lead tours. Very in depth historical account of New Mexico and specifically Santa Fe. Displays are well signed and organized. Loved the Fractured Faiths exhibit... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Excellent docent lead tours. Very in depth historical account of New Mexico and specifically Santa Fe. Displays are well signed and organized. Loved the Fractured Faiths exhibit. The historical details provided helped fill in the gaps of my knowledge of the various Inquisitions throughout history. A terrible phase in humanity, but important that it is told. The Low Riders on... More 

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Greenwich, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This Museum contains a lot of historical information. It takes a good 3 hours to properly process. We found it very educational. Currently upstairs there is a lowrider exhibit which my husband really enjoyed. But the Palace of the Governor's was our mutual favorite.

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Wonderful museum presents the unique history and culture of New Mexico. The exhibits offer a great deal of what is missing from standard high school or even college curriculum. In addition to the expected exhibits on Spanish Mission days and the Wild West era, was pleasantly surprised to see a fascinating history of Sephardic Jews, and an exhibit on the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

My wife and I visited this museum and were amazed at the detail that has been put into the myriad of displays. We truly enjoyed the tour. We will be back.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Very beautiful. if your into the history of New Mexico that includes Los Alamos and the atomic bomb, billy the kid. My favorite show was the lowrider exhibit that happened this summer. If your a New Mexico resident keep in mind that all museums are free to residents on Sunday

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My visit to the New Mexico History Museum was a perfect respite from the hot midday weather, and I felt that my overall experience in New Mexico was enriched because of what I learned here. Most Americans know the general story of how the nation began on the east coast, the war for independence, expansion westward, etc. However, New Mexico... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Allow a good half-day to see it all, as the history goes back well over 500 years. The Fred Harvey exhibit is outstanding.

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Excellent exhibit on the Converso Jews from Spain, and New Mexico history. Highly recommended! Right by the Plaza, and has an excellent museum gift shop.

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South Lake Tahoe, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A little bit of all New Mex history here...nice quiet little place, well done displays, not too crowded

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a museum that takes time to see and experience. The Palace of the Governors, the oldest capitol in the US, is well worth your time and you should linger there. The new part of the museum (which resulted in renaming to NM history museum), the permanent exhibit, is chock-a-block full of information, auditory, visual and sensory, of the... More 

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