Historical Attractions in New Mexico with kids

You’ve heard the saying “History can be fun”…well, we think history IS fun (especially in New Mexico!)

New Mexico is filled with history, and what better way to learn about it with children than to experience the many places to visit in The Land of Enchantment  that can actually take you back in time!

Historical attractions come in all shapes and sizes. There are landmarks where iconic events happened. There are homes of historic figures filled with treasures and artifacts from their amazing lives. There are historic buildings whose walls are filled with stories from New Mexico’s past. 

The best way for kids to learn about history, is to actually visit the places where history happened. It makes sense! Kids can use their imagination as they read and hear all about events, people and places, and feel like they have gone back in time.

There are plenty of things to do with kids in New Mexico when it comes to history, so what are we waiting for - let’s GO! 

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  • Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad

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    Chama

    A living museum and National Historic Landmark known as America's Highest and Longest Scenic Railroad its no wonder this national treasure was listed in the book '1000 Things To Do Before You Die'.

  • El Rancho de las Golondrinas

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    Santa Fe

    Welcome! We invite you to take a journey to the past at "The Ranch of the Swallows". This historic rancho,now a living history museum, dates from the early 1700s and was an important paraje or ...

  • Fort Union National Monument

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    Watrous

    ort Union was established in 1851 as the guardian of the Santa Fe Trail. During its forty-year history, three different forts were constructed close together. The third Fort Union was the largest in ...

  • Taos Pueblo

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    Taos

    Taos Pueblo is the only living Native American community designated both a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and a National Historic Landmark. The multi-storied adobe buildings have been continuously ...

  • Aztec Ruins National Monument

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    Aztec

    Aztec Ruins in New Mexico make a unique family day out experience! A historical and fascinating adventure surrounded by 900 year old ruins.

  • Indian Pueblo Cultural Center

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    Albuquerque

    Fascinating, all year round at this historical cultural center in New Mexico, that showcases the history and traditions of the Pueblo Indians.

  • Sky City Cultural Center

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    Acoma

    Take a guided tour of the ancient pueblo village atop a 367-foot sandstone bluff, Discover the traditional Native American culture and living history of Acoma Pueblo in New Mexico.

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  • Farmington Museum at Gateway Park

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    Farmington

    A local museum offering exhibits and interpretive media on the regional culture, as well as workshops, live performances and trade and craft demonstrations!

  • Old Coal Mine Museum

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    Madrid

    Stroll back in time to when the last train left Madrid carrying coal, now a "ghost town" and interactive museum great for kids!

  • Bradbury Science Museum

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    Los Alamos

    Interactive exhibits to uncover all things science and technology in New Mexico!

  • The Museum of Indian Arts and Culture

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    Santa Fe

    The Museum of Indian Arts & Culture is located on beautiful Museum HillTM at 710 Camino Lejo off Old Santa Fe Trail in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from ...

  • Santa Fe Childrens Museum

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    Santa Fe

    Discovery and play awaits kids at this Santa Fe children's museum, with interactive exhibits, hands on learning, and where kids can be curious, play, learn, and enjoy!

  • Museum Of International Folk Art

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    Santa Fe

    Visit the largest collection of international folk art in the world - in Santa Fe! Cultural fun for the family

  • New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science

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    Albuquerque

    This interactive, high-tech museum featuring an active volcano, an Ice Age cave, and dinosaurs galore! A planetarium is there too!

  • American International Rattlesnake Museum

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    Albuquerque

    An exciting and educational day out with the family...and snakes! A great conservation museum to explain how rattlesnakes have influenced our lives...with LIVE snakes!

  • J&R Vintage Auto Museum

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    Rio Rancho

    Around 60 antique cars and trucks are on display to delight rev heads of all ages, including 12 classic cars which have competed in the Great American Race!

  • National Atomic Museum

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    Albuquerque

    The National Atomic Museum is the nation's only Congressionally chartered museum of nuclear science and history. The museum was established in 1969 as an intriguing place to learn the story of the ...

  • Tinkertown Museum

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    Sandia Park

    Tinkertown Museum is an amazing animated wood-carved western town and three ring circus enclosed in a compound made of 50,000 glass bottles.

  • Maxwell Museum Of Anthropology

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    Albuquerque

    A FREE museum with exhibits and programs relating to cultures of the world, with a special emphasis on the cultural heritage of the Southwest!

  • Herzstein Memorial Museum

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    Clayton

    The mission of the Union County Historical Society, a non-profit organization, is to preserve the cultural heritage of Union County. It shall maintain the Herzstein Memorial Museum, an institution ...

  • Blackwater Draw Museum

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    Portales

    The Blackwater Draw Museum displays artifacts and exhibits associated with the Locality No. 1 site. Over 13,000 years of site usage are described, from mammoth hunting to modern culture.

  • Eastern New Mexico University Natural History Museum

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    Portales

    The Natural History Museum consists of an Exhibit and a Research Collection. The Exhibit features live plants and animals native to the Llano Estacado and other regions of eastern New Mexico. The ...

  • War Eagles Air Museum

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    Santa Teresa

    The War Eagles Air Museum is dedicated to collecting, restoring and displaying historic aircraft of the World War II and the Korean Conflict eras. This unique Museum pays special tribute to military ...

  • Las Cruces Railroad Museum

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    Las Cruces

    Housed in a historic Santa Fe Depot, the Las Cruces Railroad Museum interprets the railroading history of Las Cruces and the Mesilla Valley.

  • Roswell Museum and Art Center

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    Roswell

    The Roswell Museum and Art Center inspires discovery, creativity, and cultural understanding of the art and history of the American Southwest and beyond.

  • New Mexico Museum of Space History

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    Alamogordo

    Explore the centre of the USA's space program with rockets, movies, a planetarium, and a whole host of space artifacts!

  • International UFO Museum

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    Roswell

    The International UFO Museum & Research Center is all about the history, science and research about UFO events worldwide. Amazing!

  • Harwood Museum

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    Taos

    The Harwood Museum of Art of the University of New Mexico preserves, collects and exhibits historic and contemporary art and culture of the Taos region. The Museum stimulates learning, creativity and ...

  • Taos Centre for the Arts

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    Taos

    Bringing to the Taos Community World Class Cultural Events,Concerts, Shows, Youth Programs in Drama and Art. One of the many places to visit if you're looking for things to do with kids in New Mexico

  • Rex Museum

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    Gallup

    A museum on the history of Gallup displaying verious artifacts and information.

  • The National Museum of Nuclear Science and History

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    Albuquerque

    A fascinating museum in New Mexico where kids can learn the story of the Atomic Age, with exhibits showcasing the entire nuclear history

  • Billy The Kid Museum

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    Fort Sumner

    The Billy the Kid Museum in Fort Sumner, New Mexico is much more than a living tribute to the man who would become legend, Billy the Kid. When you visit, you will enjoy a variety of displays, all ...

  • New Mexico History Museum

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    Santa Fe

    The new museum includes permanent and temporary exhibitions that span the early history of indigenous people, Spanish colonization, the Mexican Period, and travel and commerce on the legendary Santa ...

  • E3 Childrens Museum and Science Center

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    Farmington

    Museum fun in New Mexico with hands-on exhibits around Sound, Light, Magnetism, Shadows and Art, plus travelling exhibits, and weekly special sessions!

  • National Solar Observatory

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    Sunspot

    The National Solar Observatory at Sacramento Peak welcomes visitors during the daytime. The Observatory is open to the public between dawn and dusk. To find out how to get here, read the road ...