Palace of the Governors
Palace of the Governors
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roadtrip_ken_2017
Oakland, CA436 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
This building was originally built in 1610 though it was largely destroyed in 1680 and has been rebuilt and reconfigured a number of times since then. You can visit the inside of the building as part of your admission to the adjacent New Mexico History Museum. The long covered front porch of the building has dozens of Native American vendors along its full length, and they sell an array of jewelry, clothing and food items, and other things. It's worth checking out what's for sale there even if you're not looking to buy anything. The Palace interior is interesting, and there are good exhibits showing the changes to the building over the centuries. The Palace plus the New Mexico History Museum will be a worthwhile visit for anyone who's interested in the area's long history.
Written June 11, 2024
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Natalie
Windsor, CO33 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
BEST PLACE IN SANTA FE TO FIND AUTHENTIC NATIVE AMERICAN ART, JEWELRY AND MORE TO PURCHASE!!!

Yes, it’s a museum too. I did not go in the museum, but I’m sure it was fabulous. The gift shop, however, is AMAZING. TripAdvisor recommended it, so I reluctantly walked in thinking the prices would be ridiculous. I was wrong. The quality of their merchandise is top notch and prices extremely reasonable. The two clerks were informative and lovely! When I return to Santa Fe, I will be going back here! Highly recommend!
Written January 15, 2024
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Michelle H
Pittsburg, TX211 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
I last visited many years ago, maybe over 20, so definitely things have changed somewhat. When I was here before there seemed to be move native vendors, such that the area was full. This time, of course it was mid week off season, but there were only a handful, maybe less than 50% occupied. I understand there is now a lottery for the vendors to determine who gets to set up so maybe it was just a slow week in general. Regardless, the jewelry is beautiful and authentic.
Written November 9, 2023
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glorp719
5 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
It's mostly empty. Interesting to stroll through to get an idea of the construction and layout, but what passes for displays aren't worth the time or admission cost. One exception: If you're interested in things related to printing and publishing, there is an excellet exhibit in a couple rooms across the placita at the back of the main palace building.
Written October 20, 2023
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scott r
Silver Spring, MD707 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023
The palace is accessible from and included with the NM state history museum. This for the Palace only. Not much history of the building explained as you move through, the exhibits are rather wan. But then much of the Spanish Colonial experience artifacts are more of the same and it takes some real effort to curate one of these sites so that it coalesces into a cohesive whole (see San Juan Capistrano, perhaps). I expected more history and a better representation of the buildings use thru the centruies. Had this been a stand alone, it wold have been disappointing. As for the sidewalk vendors; just not my thing - perhaps if I knew what I was lookng for or looking at, but but I'm generally not into filling the suitcase with eith tchotchkes or even handcrafted jewelry, so these markets are usually lost on me. Plenty of foot traffic though, hope local people can sanre some bucks.
Written August 18, 2023
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Jana J
Clinton, TN139 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
if you like history this is the place to go. Wasn't real busy so could enjoy the museum and take your time.
Written June 20, 2023
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Pam B
Colorado Springs, CO10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
Friends from England and Ireland visiting. The artists were so very kind and friendly. The jewelry items and the sand art and pottery items purchased were lovely and quality and there was no pressure. Thank you for providing this opportunity to support our treasured and talented Native communities!
Written June 5, 2023
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Rob S
Boise, ID742 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
Liked the floor cutouts where you could see the original foundations. Amazing how old many Santa Fe buildings are.
Written May 21, 2023
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Icarus4335
Colorado Springs, CO772 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
It is included as part of the New Mexico History Museum, but there is essentially nothing to see as of Spring 2023. Most of the building is under construction, so there are only 2 rooms to actually look at with very limited exhibits.
Written March 24, 2023
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KarloGato
Chicago, IL151 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
We had visited Santa Fe several times before but the Palace of Governors had been closed. The enovated and historic rooms are worth seeing, along with the New Mexico History Museum, which had several interesting exhibits, including a broad historical outline and one on the state's hot springs.
Written November 22, 2022
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