New Mexico History Museum, Santa Fe

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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. See New Mexico History Museum and all Santa Fe has to offer by arranging your trip with our Santa Fe journey site.
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  • I came here specifically to learn about the history of Santa Fe and New Mexico and I found it here. The exhibits are not really interactive, nor are the displays particularly high tech, but the...  more »
  • Indoor & outdoor seating. Great service & southwestern food On the plaza where 109 Governors Palace is.  more »
  • 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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