New Mexico State Capitol (Roundhouse)

New Mexico State Capitol (Roundhouse)

New Mexico State Capitol (Roundhouse)
4.5
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7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Edward
Santa Rosa, CA889 contributions
The New Mexico State Capitol is worth a visit, especially for those who like visiting public buildings like this like I do. It is one of the smaller capitols, especially for someone used to one as large as California's, and it is also relatively new, having been competed in the 1960s. The hallways are lined with art and there is a nice central rotunda area with glass ceiling and floor inlaid with the state seal. The doors outside have some nice details. It is more modern in style than most state capitols, given that it is much newer than most, and the round structure with the relatively plain exterior also make it a bit unique.

One problem is that it is not open as regularly as some capitols. It is closed Sundays and only open sometimes on Saturday. Even on weekdays when it is supposedly open until 5:30, they evidently sometimes close early. Before we went, I decided to double check that it would be open on the Thursday when we would arrive there, not a holiday. Therefore, I had e-mailed the capitol's contact and they responded that it would be open that day until 5:30. We got there just in time to see the inside but only very briefly because they decided to close at 3 pm that day simply because they ended government business early. Be prepared, therefore, for the possibility that it may close earlier than expected and double check the website for the limited openings on Saturdays.
Written September 5, 2022
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JeanneFleur63
Venice, FL139 contributions
Couples
The artwork here is beyond amazing and it’s free to see! When we visited, there was a display of textile art that was gorgeous. We walked through every floor and corridor, and the amount of artwork could have rivaled most museums. There were even artistic benches. It seems nobody knows about this place, as we had it almost to ourselves. Thankfully, my fellow trip advisers alerted me, and now I do the same for you.
Written September 23, 2022
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Don H
Hollywood, FL10 contributions
Family
I have been to quite a few capitals and this one is the best so far. The structure isn’t as grand as some of the others. There is no fancy dome but the interior experience is superior. I took a self guided tour. The building could be mistaken for an art gallery. Santa Fe has a heavy focus on art and the capital is no exception.

Some of the paintings and pieces are eye catching. Take your time and check them out. The round design means you won’t miss anything. Just start in one spot and when you circle back to the your starting point it time to move on to the next floor.
Written April 12, 2022
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Devalina S
San Diego, CA21 contributions
We went on a Sunday evening, and were a bit surprised to find that there was hardly any Security detail visible. Then we saw a gentleman, riding his bicycle around the building's walkway, and realized that the building is freely accessible to all. It was a relief to see such a testament to what is truly a 'peoples' house'.
The statues of ' Morning prayer' and 'children at play' were interesting and touching.
Well done, New Mexico!
Written October 26, 2021
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Laura P
Glen Ellyn, IL25 contributions
This is our 41st state capitol visit. Obviously the architecture and age of the building is much different than many other state capitols, but it is still a stunning place to visit. The artwork and galleries are outstanding.

We had booked a guided tour in October but when we arrived on Jan. 30th for our tour, we were told the guided tours had been discontinued. That was a disappointment of course. The materials for a self-guided tour are minimal.
Written January 6, 2022
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Carl F
Green Bay, WI394 contributions
The tour guides highlighted mainly the art throughout the capitol and did not give us much history of the state. This was our 24th state capitol and by far the least info about the state. That being said, the tour of the capitol was worth it and I recommend it to everyone.
Written September 30, 2021
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Sheila S
Santa Clara, UT12 contributions
I spent 1 hour enjoying all 3 floors of the amazing art here. The parking is free and a walkable distance to the Plaza. Most state capitols emphasize the state's history, but Art is the History here in NM. I loved it and hope to return soon.
Written June 1, 2022
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Roslyn N
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Couples
The art gallery is vast. It is free to the public. Must walk through metal detector on the way in. Free parking structure on the west side of the building (this may be subject to change). I was a big fan of the Buffalo by Holly Hughes.
Written August 23, 2022
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SnowyShasta
Portland, OR1,674 contributions
The building was closed to everyone except employees/personnel when we visited, but we were able to enjoy the exterior during our walk around downtown Santa Fe. The capitol building is the only round one in the US, modeled to suggest the sun symbol (also on the state flag). We were able to walk all the way around the exterior and enjoyed the chance to see the unusual architecture.
Written December 6, 2020
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wicomet
Madison, WI272 contributions
Couples
New Mexico has to have the most unique capitol building n the country. Instead of a grandiose dome, it’s a cylinder that’s filled with wonderful New Mexican art, and it serves as a free museum. Plan on 30-45 minutes to enjoy.
Written July 3, 2021
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New Mexico State Capitol (Roundhouse), Santa Fe

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