Palace of the Governors
- Type: Museums, Sightseeing
- Time to Spend: 1 to 2 hours
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Constructed in 1610, the Palace of the Governors was the original capitol of New Mexico. It was the site of the only successful Native American uprising, which took place in 1680, and it has been in public use longer than any other structure in the country. Today, the Palace of the Governors showcases 400 years of the state's history (officially as part of the New Mexico History Museum) with the help of such artifacts as a stagecoach dating back to the days of the Santa Fe Trail and an altarpiece made in 1830 for a church in Taos. You can also peruse exhibits on Native American life and culture; visitors are invited to check out ancient storage pits that necessary food items like corn and barley were once stored. Outside, Native American craftsmen sell handmade souvenirs.
Sitting on the Santa Fe Plaza, the Palace of the Governors is open all day Tuesday through Sunday, and on Mondays in the summertime. Admission is about $9 for out-of-state visitors and $6 for New Mexico residents, and children 16 and under can enter for free. Site tours are available as well. For more information, check out the palace's website.
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