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“Great place to see artifacts of the old New Mexico” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of La Hacienda del los Martinez

La Hacienda del los Martinez
Ranked #14 of 93 things to do in Taos
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: Living Museum of Late Spanish Colonial Period in Northern New Mexico built in 1804 by Severino Martinez and his family. On National Register of Historic Places. Winter Hours are a shortened version of our regular season hours.
Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“Great place to see artifacts of the old New Mexico”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2011

This was an experience worth seeing. This was truly a history museum that allows you to get a feel for what it might have been like to live during the time of the Martinez family (assuming you were wealthy at that time -- smile). I was impressed with how they arranged each room and gave a description of the contents. My 13 year old was impressed and amazed with all that he saw.

Visited August 2011
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
“Good visit!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 May 2011

We enjoyed this hacienda. Very good exhibit pieces, small enough to see in 45 min. Small souvenir shop with good prices.

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Wheaton, Illinois
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“Skippable”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2011

My first stop on Saturday, July 24, 2010, before driving into Taos proper, was at La Hacienda de los Martinez. I had decided to visit all 5 museums that were part of the Museum Association of Taos. It would cost $40 to see each of them separately, but I bought the $25 pass that covers them all (available at each museum). With this pass you have 1 year to make a single visit to each museum. I had two days. No problem.

I have to say that I wasn’t that impressed with this first museum stop. The Hacienda is mildly interesting at best. Nowhere in the league of El Rancho de los Golondrinas near Santa Fe. There are some nice displays. But they’re not extensive and there are some better ones at the other museums. At first I was impressed by the Santos display containing both Bultos and Retablos…until I visited the Millicent Rogers Museum. I did spend about an hour at the Hacienda from noon until 1pm. While I don’t mind having visited here, I’d say give this one a miss unless you have a lot of time on your hands and ONLY if you’ve bought the pass. Not worth $8 on its own IMHO.

Keith

Visited July 2010
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“You have to visit this Hacienda (farm / estate) for an insight into local history and religion”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2010

If I had to choose between the local Indian Puebla (which is also excellent) or this Hacienda, I would choose the Hacienda. 5 stars, but only if you're interested in exploring some of the local culture, religion and history.

An old working farm, which became a centre for trade and regional politics, this is a very interesting museum to visit. Slightly off the beaten track (you'll need to drive), it's close to the town centre and comprises of 21 rooms, each room with plaques and explanations (self guided tour) which accompany a good written handout.

Open till 4pm, it's $8s for entrance - call the reception on 575-758-1000 or http://www.taoshistoricmuseums.com/

You can view how a family lived in the early 1800's, how the kitchen works for a regional centre / large family, the "mountain men" meeting room etc etc. Very very good.,

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Westcliffe, CO
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“A View Back Into History”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 June 2009

We were referred to the Hacienda Martinez by a shopkeeper in Taos and decided to go just to see what there was to see. The Martinez family acquired the hacienda in 1803 and moved in the following year, operating a sheep ranching and trading operation between Taos and Mexico. They wove wool fabrics from their own sheep and traded them for goods from Mexico to sell and use, making it a busy place. The house itself has no external windows and is built around two small placitas, or small plazas. They had a blacksmith shop, a large kitchen, a trading room and several rooms used by the family as well as the servants. There were ladders available to allow the roof to be accessed in the event the house needed to be defended. There are 21 rooms available to inspect, as well as artifacts from the family. It is a great way to see what life was like in New Mexico long before it became a state, and shows the hardships anyone living in that era would have needed to overcome. The hacienda is not spectacular in the sense of views, but is great for learning more about the history of the area, as well as that time period, in general. Be sure to check on the discounted museum admission that's available if you plan to see more than one museum while you're in Taos.

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