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“Excellent museum”

Palace of the Governors
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Wisconsin
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“Excellent museum”
Reviewed July 18, 2014

Great museum on New Mexico history. Plan on at least two hours. Typical museum with lots of reading and artifacts. Also went to the Albuquerque history museum and personally thought very poor.

Visited July 2014
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Beaverton, Oregon
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“Fascinating history”
Reviewed July 18, 2014

Combine with a trip to New Mexico history museum for a great afternoon. Natives sell jewelry outside under the eaves

Visited July 2014
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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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“Two different experiences”
Reviewed July 17, 2014

While the Palace and the artisans' market outside are two different experiences, apparently Tripadvisor readers review the two together, which makes a rating difficult. While we really enjoyed looking at all the different crafts for sale and talking to (and buying from) the artisans, the tour of the 'Palace' itself was disappointing. For a $9 admission fee there was no map or helpful brochure, and no audioguide was available. (And no staff member told us that a pass for admission to the four state museums would have cost us $20 for all four, definitely a better value.) We tried listening to a docent but the room in which the tour began was so stuffy, and we were there so long, that we had to leave, and went through the rest of the museum on our own. Both of us, separately, came to the same conclusion, that it just isn't that interesting a place to the average tourist but probably would be for a New Mexico history buff.

So.....five stars for the artisans and their market, two for the museum.

Visited July 2014
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Paso Robles, CA
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“A Great Piece of Santa Fe History”
Reviewed July 16, 2014

Under the same entrance ticket as the Museum of History, and part of the Museum Pass, the Palace of the Governors provides a valuable insight into the history of Santa Fe. Very well done exhibits and informative presentations.

Visited July 2014
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Euless, Texas
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“The only place to buy local Indian jewelry”
Reviewed July 13, 2014

We did not visit the inside of the palace, we just perused the wonderful Indian jewelry being sold in front of the palace. According to our tour guide and the Indians selling jewelry, all of the jewelry sold in front of the palace (not on the square) is authentic and must be made by Indians from New Mexico. There are many wonderfully crafted unique pieces at reasonable prices. Turquois and silver are prominent.
The Indians are very friendly and patient and there is no hard sell. These people earn their money and deserve respect for their beautifully crafted work. We got some wonderful pieces there.
Note that even though the shops across the square do sell some authentic Indian wares, not all of it is authentic. Be watchful for hard selling individuals.

Visited July 2014
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