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Visiting Albuquerque museums and the city’s cultural and historic centers offers a fun and fascinating look at the history that shaped New Mexico and the blend of cultures that makes this area so unique.

ABQ BioPark

Zoo: 903 10th St. SW 
Tingley Beach: 1800 Tingley Dr. SW 
Aquarium & Botanic Garden: 2601 Central Ave. NW

Explore nature at four facilities featuring exhibits with animals and plants.
505-768-2000Visit Website

Albuquerque Museum

2000 Mountain Rd. NW, Old Town
View traditional and contemporary art of New Mexico and learn about Albuquerque history.
505-243-7255Visit Website 

American International Rattlesnake Museum

202 San Felipe St. NW in Old Town
Enjoy a reptile experience for all ages with artifacts, memorabilia and the largest collection of rattlesnake species in the world.
505-242-6569Visit Website 

Anderson Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum

9201 Balloon Museum Dr. NE
Discover the history, art, culture, science and sport of hot air balloons. 
505-768-6020Visit Website


1701 Mountain Rd. NW in Old Town
All ages can explore more than 250 hands-on exhibits to learn about science, technology, engineering, art and math.
505-600-6072Visit Website

Indian Pueblo Cultural Center

2401 12th St. NW
Learn more about the 19 Pueblos of New Mexico with exhibits and live performances.
505-843-7270Visit Website 

Maxwell Museum of Anthropology

University of New Mexico
Martin Luther King Blvd. and Redondo Dr.

Experience the cultures of the world at this free museum.
505-277-4405Visit Website

National Hispanic Cultural Center

1701 4th St. SW
Explore Hispanic art, culture and history at this art museum and library that also offers live performances.
505-246-2261Visit Website

National Museum of Nuclear Science & History

601 Eubank Blvd. SE
Learn the story of the atomic age and how nuclear technology is being used today, and see historic planes.
505-245-2137Visit Website

New Mexico Holocaust & Intolerance Museum

616 Central Ave. SW
Learn about the Holocaust, Native American persecution, slavery in America, and the Rwandan, Armenian and Greek genocides.
505-247-0606Visit Website 

New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science

1801 Mountain Rd. NW in Old Town
The ancient past comes to life at this interactive, high-tech museum with a planetarium and lots of dinosaur fossils.
505-841-2800Visit Website 

New Mexico Steam Locomotive and Railroad Historical Society

1833 8th St. NW
See the restoration of a 1940s steam locomotive and learn the history of railroads in New Mexico.
Open Wednesday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
505-246-2926Visit Website

Open Space Visitor Center

6500 Coors Blvd. NW
Explore Albuquerque public lands through interpretive displays, wildlife viewing and recreational trails.
505-768-4950 Visit Website 

Petroglyph National Monument

Unser Blvd. NW at Western Trail
Information Center at 6510 Western Trail NW

Walk among over 24,000 ancient Native American and Hispanic rock carvings.
505-899-0205 Visit Website 

Rio Grande Nature Center State Park

2901 Candelaria Rd. NW
Explore a trail system along the river and an extensive library with viewing areas.
505-344-7240Visit Website 

Tijeras Pueblo Archaeological Site

Interstate 40 East, Exit 175
Explore a prehistoric site with a self-guided interpretive trail and museum.
505-281-3304Visit Website

Tinkertown Museum

121 Sandia Crest Rd., Sandia Park
Explore rooms filled with miniature wood-carved figures.
Open April-November
505-281-5233Visit Website

Turquoise Museum

400 2nd St. SW
Learn about the many uses of turquoise, from ornamental to ceremonial, and view exquisite examples of New Mexico’s state gem.
505-433-3684Visit Website

University of New Mexico Art Museum

University of New Mexico Center for the Arts
203 Cornell Dr. NE

View historical and contemporary artwork.
505-277-4001Visit Website

Wheels Museum

1100 2nd St. SW
Discover exhibits and displays about the history of transportation.
505-243-6269Visit Website 

A woman, man and two young boys walk through an exhibit at the ABQ BioPark Aquarium

Albuquerque Aquarium

Balloon Museum

Anderson Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum

Two native dancers perform at the Indian Pueblo Cultural CenterIndian Pueblo Cultural Center/Photo Credit: Jeremy Felipe, Indian Pueblo Cultural Center

Nuclear MuseumNational Museum of Nuclear Science & History

Two dinosaur fossils on display at the New Mexico Museum of Natural Science & HistoryNew Mexico Museum of Natural Science & History

A look at the front of the AT&SF 2926 locomotive

New Mexico Steam Locomotive & Railroad Historical Society

Large_petroglyph2Petroglyph National Monument

Tinkertown Museum 2

Tinkertown Museum/Photo Credit: Tinkertown Museum

Traveling Exhibits 

African American Museum & Cultural Center of New Mexico

310 San Pedro Dr. NE
Journey through the history of African Americans in New Mexico and the West. | Visit Website 

Museum of the American Military Family

546B State Highway 333, Tijeras
Celebrate over two centuries of military families’ remarkable contributions to the country.
Open by appointment only.
505-499-3849 | Visit Website

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