Street Address
104 North 1st Street
Belen, NM 87002
Mailing Address
104 N. First St.
Belen, NM 87002
phone: 505-861-0581
Tuesday - Friday12:30 PM - 5 PM
Saturday10 AM - 4 PM
Sunday - Mondayclosed
Closed Mondays and Major Holidays
The Harvey House Museum is located at 104 North First Street. in Belen. To reach the museum, drive East on Reinken Avenue till you reach Second Street., just before the overpass. Turn right, go one block and turn left on Dalies Avenue. Go one block to First Street. You will see the Harvey House at the end of the street. Free parking is available.
Free. Donations Accepted.
Museum Type(s)
Gift Shop
Group Tours
Frances Zeller, Museum Tech
phone: 505-861-0581
Jim Sloan, Historian
phone: 505-861-0581


The Santa Fe railroad arrived in Belen in 1880, when Belen was just a small farming community. For the next 25 years, there was little train traffic through Belen, because the main rail line went west from Albuquerque. But in 1908 the railroad opened a new line that avoided the steep grades over Raton Pass. This new line was the Belen cut-off, and it routed many more trains through Belen. Belen began to bustle.

The rail passengers who stopped in Belen needed a place to get a good meal. So in 1910 the railroad built a Harvey House restaurant right by the railroad tracks. It was the 86th restaurant in the chain, operated by the Fred Harvey Company. It contained a large lunchroom, a more formal dining room, a newsstand, kitchen facilities, a bakery, and sleeping rooms upstairs for the Harvey Girls who served the meals.

That Harvey House is still standing today. Inside you can find hundreds of memorabilia pertaining to the Harvey House and the Santa Fe Railway, as well as exhibits on early local businesses in Belen. The Harvey House Museum is one of the few places where you can learn about America’s first chain of restaurants. It is a fascinating story.

Artifacts Collections

  • Harvey Girls
  • Railroad
  • Local Belen and Valencia County
  • Harvey House

Research Collections

Branch Library with Southwest, railroad, Belen and local area as well as Harvey House research materials.

Educational Programs

The Belen Model Railroad Club

The Belen Model Railroad Club is an educational club whose members have a common interest in HO-scale model railroading using DC (direct current). To share our interest and collective knowledge of model railroading and railroading history, we provide general public access to our layouts. Our layouts are open to the public weekly (Tuesday through Sunday) at the historic Harvey House Museum in Belen, New Mexico.


    Lecture hall at Public library 2 blocks away

    Lecture Halls


    Access: General Public, Students, Scholars

    Appointment required: Yes


    First floor wheel chair accessible.

    Wheelchair Accessible




    Private Group Tours Available

    Private group tours available during off hours. Please call 505-861-0581 to schedule.

    Gift Shop

    Group Tours