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Coronado - Museum Foundation - Museum of New Mexico

Museum Foundation

Museum Foundation


Coronado Historic Site is where Francisco Vásquez de Coronado—along with 300 soldiers and 800 Indian allies from New Spain—entered the Rio Grande valley in search of the fabled Seven Cities of Gold. He camped near the Tewa pueblo of Kuaua, an earthen pueblo excavated in the 1930s. A square kiva, excavated in the south plaza of the community, contained many layers of murals which are some of the finest examples of pre-Columbian mural art in the United States and can still be viewed today. The visitor center, designed by noted architect John Gaw Meem also contains prehistoric and historic Native American and Spanish Colonial artifacts.

485 Kuaua Road
Bernalillo, NM 87004
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8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday through Monday
Closed Tuesdays

Closed New Year's Day, Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day

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$5 per visitor
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