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Belen Harvey House Main
104 N. 1st Street Belen, NM 87002

The Belen Harvey House opened in 1910. It served Santa Fe Railroad passengers until 1939. It re-opened during World War II to feed troop trains, then became the Santa Fe Reading Room, a break room and dormitory for railroad employees' until 1980. Saved from demolition and restored by the citizens of Belen, it re-opened as a museum in 1985. The building looks much the same as it once did, but now there are permanent historical exhibits in the formal dining room and upstairs where the Harvey Girls' dormitory rooms were. Temporary exhibits are displayed where the lunchroom and kitchen once were. Managed by the Belen Public Library, there is a branch library at the museum that specializes in local, regional and railroad history. The museum also houses the Belen Model Railroad Club and its permanent model train displays. The old wood-lined newsstand is now the museum's store. Many visitors like to sit in the shade and watch trains go by a few feet away. Others come for the annual Festival of Trees during the Christmas season, which has now been expanded to include the historic Bugg Lights, once a holiday light display tradition in Albuquerque. Located at 104 N. 1st Street, the Belen Harvey House Museum is free. Hours are 12:00 to 5:00 p.m. Tuesday - Friday and 10:00 a.m to 5 p.m. Saturday. To make arrangements for special tours, call (505) 861-0581. For more information about special events and the museum's exhibit schedule, visit us on