Palace of the Governors

Palace of the Governors, Santa Fe: Hours, Address, Palace of the Governors Reviews: 4.5/5

Palace of the Governors
4.5
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Tucson17,485 contributions
Oct 2021
On a good day (probably a weekend), the long, covered entry front to the historic building will be awash in blankets claiming the sales-front territory upon which vendors will display their wares. This is the real-deal. Everything is made by the artisans who have licenses to display their native works.

Primarily jewelry but not limited to metal works, vendors will display their pottery works, and any/every artistic rendering a human mind can dream. All vendors must be licensed. The gentleman from whom we bought some impressive earrings displayed his license. Look him up, his work impressed us.

I don't believe this is a barter situation, their prices are pretty fair and not open to haggling.

Do stroll up and down the promenade and take in all the excellent hand-crafts for sale. These are some mighty talented artists!
Written October 22, 2021
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SusanR
6 contributions
Sep 2021
We went on a weekday in September and there were about 8 artists there. The best part, besides seeing their wares, was talking with them. One of the artists was part of the San Ildefonso pueblo, and made beautiful black on black pottery. His work was out of my financial box, but we talked with him about his craft and the pueblo.

There were ware ranging from around $10 to the upper hundreds.
Written September 23, 2021
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Frederick G
Weatherford, OK129 contributions
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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Arcee_CO
Wheat Ridge, CO1,070 contributions
Apr 2021
The interior is still closed as of April 26, 2021, because of small rooms. The historic 1610 exterior is available 24/7, no charge or tickets. However, the indigenous arts vendors are not allowed to display on the porch. The adjoining state History Museum is fully open, with a $12 ticket price.
Written April 27, 2021
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ANNIEPG
Pittsburgh556 contributions
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, IL154 contributions
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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Heidi D
Scarborough, ME319 contributions
May 2022
The Indiginous people come here to sell their beautiful jewelry and art. The prices are failry steep but well worth is as the quiality is unmatched. If you want to go in to the Palace, you have to go into the New Mexico Museum
Written June 1, 2022
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Edward
Santa Rosa, CA685 contributions
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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Bob J
Southport, NC950 contributions
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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SuzyQu15
Brooklyn, NY1,443 contributions
Oct 2021
This is actually the New Mexico History Museum, housed in a building dating from the 1600’s, located at the Plaza. It is interesting to see the architecture and learn the history through various exhibitions. Unfortunately there are no furnishings. Worth a stop on.
Written October 26, 2021
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