Museum Hill, aka Camino Lejo, a short drive from the historic Santa Fe Plaza, is home to four museums and the Santa Fe Botanic Garden. As you turn off Old Santa Fe Trail you'll see the Journey's End Monument. A covered wagon pulled by mules and accompanied by pioneers commemorates the arduous journey west on this historic trail. The first museum you'll come to is the Museum of Spanish Colonial Art housing traditional arts from the period when New Mexico was a Spanish colony. On Milner Plaza you'll find both the state-run Museum of Indian Arts and Culture and the Museum of International Folk Art. Hungry? Enjoy lunch at the Museum Hil Cafe. The Santa Fe Botanic Garden, opened in 2013, sits across the road from here. Last stop on the Hill: the small, private Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian.. There are admission charges to these venues.
Santa Fe, NM
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Best Attractions & Activities: "Check out the shops in the museums for carefully-selected and well-priced merchandise. The Colleen Cloney Duncan Museum Shop at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture has an extensive collection of Native American jewelry and handcrafted items. The Case Trading post at the Wheelwright is also worth a stop."
Recommended as Best Attractions & Activities Because: The area has a high concentration of important museums that are an integral part of the Santa Fe experience.