New Mexico History Museum, 113 Lincoln Ave. on The Plaza, combines the state's oldest and newest museums. Permanent and changing exhibits focus on the history of New Mexico—Native Americans, Spanish colonists, Mexican rule, the Santa Fe Trail, the railroad era, statehood, World War II and the present day.
The museum serves as the anchor of a campus complex. The Palace Press, situated in the rooms adjoining the courtyard, is a working exhibit dedicated to the history of the state's printing techniques. The portal (porch) is a gathering place for artisans who sell jewelry, pottery, weavings and crafts. The Fray Angelico Chavez History Library has a collection of some 40,000 titles, while a photo archives contains more than 750,000 images dating back to the early 1850s.
Guided tours are available. Time: Allow 3 hours minimum.
Museum daily 10-5 (also Fri. 5-7), May-Oct.; Tues.-Sun. 10-5 (also first Fri. of the month 5-7), rest of year. History library and photo archives open by appointment only. Closed Jan. 1, Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas.
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