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“Interesting but needs work”

New Mexico National Guard Museum
Ranked #75 of 270 things to do in Santa Fe
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Beaverton, Oregon
Level 5 Contributor
64 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Interesting but needs work”
Reviewed July 17, 2014

Glad we went but the museum needs a little sprucing up. It is not interactive. Not enough detail of the items on display. It seemed like a collection of items but not curated.
Interesting to see contribution that New Mexicans had made from the Civil War on.
Museum is free but check the hours.

Visited July 2014
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Rogers, Arkansas
Level 6 Contributor
128 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
“Not open on the weekend.”
Reviewed May 13, 2014

We were in Santa Fe on a Saturday as part of a vacation, and attempted to visit this museum. I had seen it on tripadvisor and decided it would fit into our schedule. I had visited their website and it showed them open on Saturdays beginning at 10, as does the big sign out in front of the building. But the little sign on the window next to the locked front door shows closed on Saturday. What a disappointment. It would be nice if they would update their website.

Visited May 2014
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Phoenix, Arizona
Level 6 Contributor
397 reviews
193 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 475 helpful votes
“Recognizing Those Who Sacrificed Everything”
Reviewed December 15, 2013

The museum primarily recognizes the New Mexico National Guard both from The Great War (World War I) up and through the present conflicts of Iraq and Afghanistan with a significant amount of focus on World War II and the Bataan Death March (World War II - Philippines). In the entrance corridor this are photos and documentaries of those from New Mexico who lost their life in the Bataan Death March - it is a sobering reality understanding how young these chaps were and what they had to endure.

The historical artifacts contained were worth the trip and seeing first hand the weapons used as well as other items such as uniforms. The only aspect that would have made the museum more enjoyable would have been if the artifacts had a history tied to them and where they were obtained. Regardless, the museum is a special and unique place to visit.

Visited December 2013
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Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Full of New Mexico military history!”
Reviewed June 24, 2013

This little out of the way museum was well worth the visit. Located at the National Guard headquarters and not in the downtown area, but if you are into military history, especially World War II, you have to visit here! Free, but please leave a donation to help maintain the exhibits.

Visited June 2013
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Cd'A, Id.
Level 6 Contributor
111 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
“New Mexican military history dating back almost 200 years.”
Reviewed June 18, 2013

I have wanted to visit this museum for at least 2 previous trips to Santa Fe but, never made it happen. This time I was determined to see just what the "BATAAN" museum was had to offer. Turns out the museum houses historical military record of military actions and service of conflicts clear back in time to when the U.S. and Mexico were engaged in war, to Civil War action in New Mexico, to both World Wars, and all recent wars in Europe and the Arab region. Showcased are several articles of uniforms and many weapons from knives to swords to pistols, rifles, and machine guns. There were even items found or confiscated from enemy troops. The museum is a great look back into the past military involvement of the fine service men and women of New Mexico, and the current involvement of the New Mexico National Guard. The accounts of the service people who were lost in the Battle for Bataan was most touching and truly worth the trip to this museum. Thank you for giving the public a chance to remember some very difficult times with honor.

Visited June 2013
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