El Camino Real International Heritage Center, Socorro

(4.2/5 based on 60+ reviews on the web)
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  • Who knew? A 400 year old highway. This is historically significant to the western US. A lot of reading, no hiking or driving. Small entrance fee unless you fit one of the excluded categories. Stop if ...  more »
  • Transfer to Santa Fe from T or c. we leave the interstate to go to El Camino Real monument, a building in the middle of nowhere. The Museum covers the various paths taught by natives, the Spaniards and colonists to keep alive the economy of the territory that would become then New Mexico. It is well worth stopping, not deviation sincerely fatto...ma also the day tit and (seems to rain at any moment) does not help to really appreciate the 360° panorama to almost turn up front. We recommend it, given its decentralized place, just for history buffs.
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  • This is a very well designed and executed museum to tell the story of the El Camino Real. The architecture of the building really stands out, and the contents and displays are top notch. For those who...  more »
  • Visited in the afternoon on a friday. It was delightful. New, clean and well organized. Everyone was friendly and very informative. I think it was on a par with the Albuquerque Museum. I would recommend it. M Cortes
  • A must see
  • This is one of the creepiest museums I have ever visited. We went on a weekday about 2 in the afternoon and nobody was there except one guy at the front desk who seemed like he didn't want to be there and a guy in the gift shop who acted like he hadn't seen a human in weeks. The center is several miles off the interstate for seemingly no good reason. There is nothing between the freeway and the center so one has to wonder why it's so far away. Strange. After watching a short video history you walk into a room that feels like the entrance to a haunted house. It's a dark corridor with sounds of wolves and coyotes howling. As you continue into the museum, there are no windows which contributes to the haunted house feeling. Toward the end there is a funhouse mirror with the outline of several bodies one of which has a strange light emitting from it's head. WHY!? So Weird. The whole place is very fancy and informative but it feels like it was designed by someone who never actually visited the site. Maybe I'm being harsh or showed up at the wrong time, but jesus, I thought I was walking into a Scooby Doo mystery.