Palace of the Governors
Palace of the Governors
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Frederick G
Weatherford, OK165 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
No trip to Santa Fe is complete without a day on the plaza and no day on the plaza is complete without going to the Palace of the Governors. I highly recommend going to the Museum of New Mexico History which allows you access to the Palace. It is very well restored and gives great insight into colonial New Mexico under the Spanish.
The wall of vendors is also very interesting--all Native American artists selling their wares of beautiful hand made jewelry at very reasonable prices and many will talk to you about what inspired this or that piece. So cool!
Written August 10, 2021
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vwc20841
Boyds, MD203 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
We went to the Palace of the Governors twice to visit the natives who were selling their jewelry and crafts. It is wonderful but the prices are not any better than the stores. The natives make their living from selling their home crafted jewelry and that is important to know.
Written March 26, 2020
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Wendy S
Austin, TX748 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
I lovef chatting with the Artists about their work. I found some jewelry and Christmas ornaments. None of it was cheap, but all of it was well crafted. I liked the artistry and uniqueness of the work here far more thsn anything I'd seen in the nearby shops.
Written February 17, 2020
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Beverly W
Lakeland, FL30 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
If you are looking for beautiful jewelry and pottery done by local artist this is the place to go. In this market style pavilion you will also get to meet and talk with the artist. It was a great opportunity to find out their process for creating the artwork as well as the meaning behind the symbolisms in their work. Everyone was so friendly and talkative. All vendors are licensed by the city to sell their artwork so I felt I was buying authentic traditional Indian artwork.
Written March 15, 2020
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ANNIEPG
Pittsburgh578 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021
We did not visit the interior of the building but enjoyed the Native American artist vendors outside. Their work was beautiful and every one of them were friendly and willing to talk about their craft. I bought a few gifts and a treat or two for myself. I would have given 5 stars but there weren't as many of them as I saw on a previous visit and they did begin to pack up early on this weekday.
Written November 8, 2021
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JHughes50
Naperville, IL155 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 • Couples
There is a museum inside the Palace of Governors explaining its long, long history. With your admission you also go inside the History Museum of New Mexico. There is so much interesting information to take in. Everyone talks about Santa Fe’s galleries and art, while still exceptional, I never hear about the very old history even prehistoric of the city and state. Older than Jamestown and St. Augustine. Some of the oldest in the US. Loved learning so much here….I highly recommend.
Written October 21, 2021
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Bob J
Southport, NC951 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
While the interior of the Palace remains closed, the real draw is the Native American market that continues in front of the building. Be aware that most of them are still wearing masks because Covid has devastated some of the tribes. Handmade jewelry, pottery and some other items can be found. I saw some excellent copper and silver work. Just be aware of the crowds.
Written July 17, 2021
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SnowyShasta
Portland, OR2,193 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
The Palace of the Governors is the oldest continuously occupied public building in the US. It's right on Santa Fe Plaza, and we appreciated the chance to see such an historic building. When we visited in October, everything was closed and quiet due to Covid, but we still were happy that we'd gotten a chance to see the exterior of the building.
Written December 6, 2020
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Edward
Santa Rosa, CA1,974 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021
This is a very historic building from early 17th century Spanish settlement of Santa Fe and an important building to have preserved. There is a museum inside and the portico on front facing the plaza gives a good feel for the city's past. It is also a location to buy jewellery, ceramics, and other Native American from the licensed craftsmen and women themselves, who sell them in the portico.
Written January 15, 2022
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Ms.LoveTravel
Knoxville, TN948 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
Great History stop for Santa Fe but feel like the touristy open air market was just sad. I was a little disappointed that I did not see "the people" having made or making the jewelry themselves. Anyone can order what was being sold and the jewelry looked alike from one person to the next, not individual artistry. Room for improvement here, in my opinion. Do see the history and the beautiful park adjacent to but skip the wares.
Written January 7, 2020
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