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New Mexico Colonial Home - Circa 1815

On long term display at the New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum

The Spanish colonial home (la casa) gives visitors an idea of what a home from the time around 1815 would have looked like.

Walk through the home and see period artifacts and get a feel for colonial New Mexico. Most houses of the period followed a design typical of the regions surrounding the Mediterranean Sea (Southern Europe, the Middle East and North Africa), with single rooms built end-to-end around a central courtyard (placita). Doors and windows from each room opened onto the placita. The artifacts and features of the New Mexico colonial home are based on archaeological information from excavations, wills, and inventories from the late 1700s to 1800s.

The New Mexico Colonial Home is on long-term display.

Also on exhibit at the New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum


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