New Mexico History Museum, Santa Fe

4.6
#3 of 36 in Museums in Santa Fe
Find out more about the indigenous people and Spanish colonization at New Mexico History Museum. You'll see the Palace of the Governors--the 17th century seat of the Spanish government--which holds chronicles of Santa Fe and the surrounding area. Visit the interpretive center, and view the first printing press of New Mexico. Browse through photo archives, showcasing over 750,000 images on anthropology, archaeology, ethnology, mining, railroads, and agriculture. You'll also be able to buy handmade arts and crafts from Native American artisans. Work out when and for how long to visit New Mexico History Museum and other Santa Fe attractions using our handy Santa Fe journey site .
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  • Helpful staff advises to begin on main floor, then go down and then up. Main floor is by far the best, because it has the most artifacts as compared to photos. Worth a trip.  more »
  • First time in New Mexico and we learnt a lot from this museum about the State's violent past. There is a lot to look at here. My favourite part was the arrival of tourism in the area and the Harvey.....  more »
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  • A must on your first visit to Santa Fe. We did not know very much New Mexico State history, and left informed and enlightened. Our only regret was the Palace of the Governors was closed due to renovations and we were unable to tour that. (Aug 2019) Follow the timeline for the best experience. Wonderful displays. Beautiful gift shop. Highly recommend!
  • We visited this museum the weekend after the Forth of July, 2019. In my opinion this museum lives up to many other attractions in Santa Fe, overrated and overpriced. We were charged the regular out of state admission rate, even though the Palace of the Governors was being renovated (meaning we could not view this exhibit). Yes, we were warned prior to being charged for admission. Yes, we were still charged the twelve dollar admission even though the Palace exhibit was closed. WHY? The rest of the museum was nothing special, especially the "Atomic Age" exhibit (where photography is prohibited, though I'm not sure why since it's such a poor excuse for a museum exhibit). That being said, the "permanent" exhibits DO NOT justify this admission rate. I do not recommend this museum to anyone. We will not be back, Palace or not.
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