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New Mexico History Museum

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Address: 113 Lincoln Avenue, Santa Fe, NM 87501
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+1 505-476-5200
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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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Vibrant variety of Historical facts. Great gift shop.

We enjoyed reviewing the artifacts and stories connected with them. This is a quiet relaxing place to wander through, not exciting but a nice break in the day. The gift shop has... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We enjoyed reviewing the artifacts and stories connected with them. This is a quiet relaxing place to wander through, not exciting but a nice break in the day. The gift shop has some lovely handmade jewelry and a nice selection of books on New Mexico and its art. A bit different than most museums.

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Laurel, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

If you're a veteran, let them know and show a card at the desk and your party gets in for free. Take the tour - very informative, but not comprehensive. Then go back and check out the sections not covered in the tour. The adjacent Governor's Palace is accessible from the museum building without additional charge. Take some time in... More 

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

As a military ID card holder, this museum was free. It's a fairly new facility explaining in depth the history of the state.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited the New Mexico History Museum in mid-January 2017. We took the 1-hour tour with the docent and then spent another hour and a half on the portions of the museum not covered in the tour. This museum is attached to the Governor's Palace on the Plaza. If you are a U.S. veteran (with proof of service), admission is... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Our docent, Paula, was very interesting and informed. We started with a history of the building, which I never realized I would find so captivating. Her selection of the art pieces to show us was spot on to our interest level. We would recommend this tour to any architectural or art buff.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visited this museum while on trip with husband. The numerous artifacts and pictures tell a unique story. The people in Santa Fe are warm and friendly. Much respect for this museum.

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Sioux Falls, South Dakota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I love to visit museums of all kinds while traveling. I especially enjoyed the New Mexico History Museum. The museum was my first introduction to the long history of Spain in this region. My favorite exhibit detailed how the railroad changed New Mexico and the history of Harvey Houses and the Harvey girls. Another favorite experience was the guided tour... More 

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Hilton Head, South Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The museum does a nice job of showing the history of New Mexico. Artifacts, paintings and photo walk you through time without spending too much time in any era.

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Au, Austria
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visited this museum 3 times in 7 years. To say it keeps getting better, while true, is not a complete description. It has bs become for me a dream. I was raised in San Antonio with it's deep Spanish heritage, so maybe I'm predisposed to the love that history. It's when you add in the Native American influence cultural fusion.... More 

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Wolfeboro, New Hampshire
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a well appointed museum with detailed explanations about the history of the region. On a cold day it was a pleasant way to keep warm while learning about this interesting part of the world.

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