New Mexico History Museum

Learn Santa Fe History on Foot: Downtown Walking Tours Resume in April

March 20, 2012


Ever noticed the recycled rifle barrels in a certain window of the Palace of the Governors? Wondered where the Manhattan Project scientists learned of their new posting? Picked out the Victorian architecture among the Pueblo Revival on the Santa Fe Plaza?

Learn those facts and more by taking a Downtown Walking Tour led by New Mexico History Museum/Palace of the Governors guides. The tours resume on April 16 (through mid-October), Monday-Saturday, beginning at 10:15 a.m. Gather at the Palace Courtyard’s Blue Gate just south of the History Museum entrance at 113 Lincoln Ave. Cost is $10. Children 16 and under are free when accompanied by an adult. Museum guides do not accept tips. (No tours are offered on the Saturdays when large events are held on the Plaza, such as Spanish Market and Santa Fe Fiesta.)

Each tour lasts about 2 hours and features a leisurely pace with plenty of opportunities to ask questions. Enjoy stories of the people and events that have made Santa Fe a world-class tourist destination. Los Compadres del Palacio, a support group of the New Mexico History Museum, operates the program with guides who are trained in Santa Fe history. (Many are also guides at the History Museum and Palace of the Governors.) Proceeds from the tours benefit the museum’s programs and events.

Special group tours can be arranged by calling (505) 476-5200.

The History Museum’s blog takes you on a virtual version of a tour. Check it out by clicking here.

Download high-resolution images of walking tours by clicking here.



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