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New Mexico History Museum

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Address: 113 Lincoln Ave, Santa Fe, NM 87501-2005
Phone Number: +1 505-476-5200

Opened May 24, 2009 just behind the historic Palace of the Governors, the...

Opened May 24, 2009 just behind the historic Palace of the Governors, the New Mexico History Museum takes over the role of being the state's history museum from the Palace of the Governor's which is now part of the history campus.

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Wonderful history of the area and New Mexico

Lots to see and hear. Includes the Palace of the governors, where they are discovering an older history of the site than first known.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
Boulder, Colorado
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I visited while exhibit on Low Riders was on - interesting but not my cup of tea. The history of NM is well explained.

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Boulder, Colorado
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Lots to see and hear. Includes the Palace of the governors, where they are discovering an older history of the site than first known.

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The New Mexico History Museum can be a bit confusing because it is made up of a number of facilities including the newer New Mexico History Museum, the Palace of the Governors, the Palace Press and the Fray Angelico Chavez History Library. The two main attractions are the Palace of the Governors and the modern New Mexico History Museum. They... More 

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Olympia, WA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

New Mexico has a history as rich as any in North America. This museum tells it very well. It does not shy away from the shameful. Very much worth the time.

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Boulder, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We didn't really know what to expect, but were warmly greeted upon entering and given materials to read along our way. We didn't expect to spend as long as we did in the museum and Governors Palace, but found it so interesting that we spent the morning. We hadn't realized the extent of the Spanish exploration and the ensuing history... More 

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Lakeland, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Excellent history museum that displays the long history of New Mexico. The displays are well done and cover many different areas of culture and historical events. The Palace of Governors is part of the museum and displays life as it was when it was built in 1610

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Northampton, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

...on our 9-day visit to Santa Fe. Starting here gave us our bearings for all the other interesting things we had in mind for our extended stay. Well laid out, and well "choreographed".

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Being relatively new Westerners, we always enjoy learning about western history and heritage. We were very interested in long history of Spanish culture in New Mexico that continues to the present day. Well organized.

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Media, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Could have spent the entire day here, as there was so much to see. Part of the museum is the old govenors place. While remolding and fixing they found other ruins underneath and have glass covering it so you can see. The chapel part still has the dirt/hay floor along with many statues.

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Bend, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I am a history buff & love museums so this review may be a BIT biased! First of all, make sure you've got plenty of time as this museum warrants it! Secondly- the actual building IS the oldest public structure in the country- dating back to 1700!!!! They give Military and Veterans a big discount making the entire experience terrific.

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