The New Mexico History Museum showcases Santa Fe’s history and has a huge collection of artefacts, photos and maps encompassing the history of the Native people, Spanish explorers, outlaws, the railroad, World War II, hippies and modern-day New Mexico.
The Museum shares its space with the ‘Palace of Governors’ and is the newest museum in the state! If you love history, a visit here will get you more familiar with Santa Fe’s past.
Entrance Ticket Details For New Mexico History Museum
- N$12 General Admission.
- N$7 New Mexico residents.
- Free on the first Sunday of each month to New Mexico residents.
- Free on Wednesday to New Mexico senior citizens.
- Free to Museum Members and children under 17.
- Free Friday Evenings from 5.00 to 8.00 pm May through October (5.00 to 8.00 pm on first Fridays from November through April)
New Mexico History Museum Hours
- May through October: Open for free from 5.00 to 8.00 pm Fridays.
- November through April: Open for free from 5.00 to 8.00 pm on first Fridays.
How to Reach New Mexico History Museum
- By Bus: Sheridan Avenue Transit Center
- By Train: Santa Fe Depot
- By renting a Car/Bike/Bicycle.
- By Taxi/ Cab
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34.28% of people who visit Santa Fe include New Mexico History Museum in their plan
10 AM - 11 AM
50.49% of people start their New Mexico History Museum visit around 10 AM - 11 AM
1 Hr 30 Minutes
People usually take around 1 Hr 30 Minutes to see New Mexico History Museum
95% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting New Mexico History Museum
New Mexico History Museum Reviews & Ratings
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.
Although it looks nice, the collection is oddly composed. Text is often not well written or without clear details. A lot of awkward moments where Native American genocide is brushed over in favor of Euro-Christian triumphs. The Moon/Apollo exhibit was barely more than a high school book report and the atomic history exhibit was also strangely slapped together. However the place looks like it has a lot of funding and generic museum-like decor.
A good museum with a ton of cool artifacts. The Palace of the Governors was closed for renovations during our visit which was disappointing. Some exhibits could’ve been fleshed out a little more.
This place was fascinating. So much history in NM and it was amazing to be exposed to it. Also, kudos to them for giving me free admission for being a veteran. I didn't ask for it, but they went out of their way to ask after looking at my driver's license. Friendly staff, too!