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Address: Museum Hill, 750 Camino Lejo, Santa Fe, NM
Phone Number: 505-982-2226
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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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Well curated and in an interesting building.

The museum is housed in an interesting adobe structure near the Old Town, Santa Fe Plaza, a few other museums, and the botanical gardens. I really enjoyed my visit here, I just... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Crystal L
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Anchorage, Alaska
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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73 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

why is this museum so lacking? No guards when you come in and in fact no one to ask a question of. The gift shops is bad. The exhibits are up forever! Find better stuff to look at and learn at the NM History Museum. It is so sad!

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Anchorage, Alaska
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78 reviews
46 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The museum is housed in an interesting adobe structure near the Old Town, Santa Fe Plaza, a few other museums, and the botanical gardens. I really enjoyed my visit here, I just wanted more! There is not a very large permanent exhibit, but it is well curated. It focuses mainly on the New Mexico, but there are also pieces from... More 

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Thank Crystal L
Keller, Texas
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45 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Time flew by and we were not able to see everything because we did not know we would spend that much time. Next visit we will alot more time as there is lots to see.

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Nashville, Tennessee
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25 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015

I was really visually overwhelmed by the wonderful collections in the museum. I loved the stories behind the objects. This was a great place to loose myself in the afternoon.

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Denver, Colorado
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19 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2015

Small, but covers quite a bit with decorative arts, religious works, everyday tools, textiles, modern photography, etc. Fascinating recreation of a period room. Very pleasant and savvy docent. Nice little gift shop with a sale of used books -- did my Christmas shopping early!

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Thank C G
Turin, Italy
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37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 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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Thank malicetx
Dallas
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54 reviews
21 attraction reviews
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 342 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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