Indian Pueblo Cultural Center#5 in Best Things To Do in Albuquerque
Long before the Spanish conquistadors made their way to New Mexico, the region was home to numerous tribes of Pueblo people. Today, the cultures of these indigenous tribes are preserved at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. Located about 2 miles northeast of Old Town, this educational facility of Pueblo art and history also hosts a variety of cultural events, including lectures and workshops.
Recent visitors strongly recommended stopping at the center while in Albuquerque, calling it a "treasure." If you can, try visiting on a day when Pueblo dancers are performing; according to reviewers, it was a highlight of their visit. Travelers are also quick to recommend the Pueblo Harvest Cafe, which diners praised for its traditional dishes.
The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center is open every day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission (which includes access to all educational events) costs $8.40 for out-of-state adults; $6.40 for in-state adults, military and seniors; $5.40 for kids ages 5 to 17; and free for kids ages 4 and younger. If you plan to visit the cultural center after touring Old Town, you can hop on the No. 36 bus, which drops you off within feet of the center. To learn more about the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, visit its official website.
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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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