The Albuquerque Museum#6 in Best Things To Do in Albuquerque
For an in-depth look at Albuquerque's rich cultural heritage, take a few hours to explore the Albuquerque Museum. Sitting on the eastern edge of Old Town, this spaceis home to an impressive collection of historic artifacts detailing the city's past; some of the more notable objects include a 19th-century chapel and armor used by the Spanish conquistadors. The museum also features approximately 7,000 pieces of art, including work by renowned local artists, such as Georgia O'Keeffe and Peter Hurd.
Both travelers and locals praise this museum for its well-stocked permanent collection, but they also recommend spending some time in the temporary exhibits. Reviewers also suggested visiting the museum on one of your first days in Albuquerque to better understand and make the most of your time at the city's historical attractions, such as Old Town and the San Felipe de Neri Church.
The Albuquerque Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. General admission is $4 for out-of-state adults; $3 for in-state adults; $4 for out-of-state teens ages 13 to 18; $3 for in-state teens ages 13 to 18; and $1 for kids ages 4 to 12. The museum offers free admission every Sunday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the first Wednesday of every month and from 5 to 8:30 p.m. on the third Thursday of every month. Parking is free. Docent-led tours of select gallery exhibitions are offered at 2 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays. The museum also offers walking tours of Old Town Tuesday through Sunday at 11 a.m from March through November. Visit the museum's website for more information. In addition to restrooms and a gift shop, there is also an on-site cafe.
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#1 Old Town Albuquerque
For more than 300 years, both Native American and Spanish cultures have been shaping this neighborhood (this is the site of the original city settlement in 1706). Anchored by the central plaza, Old Town's cobblestone streets are filled with brightly colored adobe huts that now house galleries, restaurants and souvenir shops. The stunning San Felipe de Neri Church – Albuquerque's oldest building – can also be found here.
Many visitors recommend spending a few hours wandering around Old Town, likening it to a less crowded (and more affordable) Santa Fe. Along with the interesting shops and restaurants, reviewers also loved the area's clean streets and talented street performers. However, if you're heading to Old Town in search of Southwestern souvenirs, recent shoppers advised watching out for knockoffs.
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