Museums & Culture

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  1. The National Hispanic Cultural Center hosts various free events and festivals throughout the year, celebrating Hispanic art and traditions. The center includes an art museum, library, genealogy center and performing arts complex. 

  2. The Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum gives visitors a chance to explore the exciting history of hot air balloons and their role in everything from sightseeing to space exploration. (Free every Sunday from 9am to 1pm and the first Friday of every month.)

  3. The Albuquerque Museum of Art and History is located in the heart of Old Town, just off historic Route 66. The family-friendly museum has a collection showcasing art, history and culture from across New Mexico and the American Southwest. Free Entry to Albuquerque Museum: Every first Wednesday of the month and every Sunday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

  4. Explora is an innovative, hands-on learning center teaching science, technology and art to students of all ages. (Children one and under are free.)

  5. Indian dances at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center are a unique way for visitors to experience Native American traditions and culture, meet artists selling handcrafted works, and explore the center's unique collection of Pueblo pottery and art. (Weekends at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.)

    American Indian Week - Dancers

  6. The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History offers a peek into the story of the Atomic Age, from the development of the atomic bomb to the widespread use of nuclear energy production. (Children five and under are free.) 

  7. The New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science explores the state's distinctive natural history, including dinosaurs, ancient sea coasts and the chance the walk through a "live" volcano. Free Entry to New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science: First Sunday of every month, free to residents

  8. OffCenter Community Arts has open studio hours. It’s for everyone. Materials provided. They also do skill-building groups, an exhibit space, workshops on art-based businesses.

  9. University of New Mexico Museums 

    • The Maxwell Museum of Anthropology offers exhibits and programs relating to cultures around the world, with a special emphasis on the cultural heritage of the Southwest.

    • The Meteorite Museum is home to more than 5,000 specimens and offers visitors the chance to learn about asteroids, comets and more through the study of objects that have fallen to Earth.

    • The Museum of Southwestern Biology is a research and teaching facility for the study of ecology and the life history of plants, invertebrates and vertebrates.

    • The UNM Art Museum is a teaching museum whose collection includes paintings, photography, prints and sculpture, with a particular focus on works by American artists.

  10. The American International Rattlesnake Museum, located in Old Town, has the largest collection of different species of rattlesnakes in the world. Adults can slither in for just $6 ($5 for seniors, military, students and teachers, and $4 for kids).

  11. You’ll find music and dance performances, art shows, poetry readings and more at the South Broadway Cultural Center. The art gallery is free during regular business hours.

  12. ARTScrawl's self-guided gallery tours are a great way to explore the city's art scene. The First Friday ARTScrawl is a citywide tour of galleries featuring works from local and nationally recognized artists.

  13. Held downtown every first Friday, the ABQ Artwalk is a collaboration between artists and downtown businesses to bring you art shows, live music and community events! 


  1. The fishing lakes at Tingley Beach are open year-round and offer free fishing areas in multiple ponds. While fishing and admission is free, anglers ages 12 and up do need a valid NM fishing licence. 

  2. Nature walks, hiking and biking are great ways to get outside and enjoy the city's fantastic trails and open space preserves. Learn more about Albuquerque hiking here

  3. ABQ BioPark is a unique environmental museum that includes an aquarium, botanic garden, zoo and Tingley Beach. (Children two and under are free.)

    ABQ Bio Park

  4. The Rio Grande Nature Center State Park, located along the bosque, is a relaxing spot for a nature walk, bird watching or educational talk. Parking is $3.

  5. Explore Petroglyph National Monument -- an open-air museum featuring more than 20,000 ancient images of people, animals and other mysterious designs, carved into the black rock of the Rio Grande Valley. (Parking is $1 on weekdays and $2 on weekends.)

  6. Take a drive to Sandia Crest via NM 536 (the Sandia Crest Scenic Byway) or hike up La Luz Trail and get a full view of the city from an elevation of 10,300 feet.

  7. Find rental bikes and e-scooters all around town, especially in the Nob Hill and Downtown areas, and take them for a spin. 

  8. Get flexible, and check out some of the best places in Albuquerque to practice yoga.

  9. Albuquerque’s skies are known to put on some of the most brilliant, colorful sunsets in the southwest. Watching the sky light up each night is free! Find the best places to see the sun set here

Albuquerque Crest

  1. Pack a picnic lunch and head for the foothills. One of our favorite spots is the Elena Gallegos Picnic Area, which offers sheltered picnic tables, coal grills, horseshoe pits, volleyball courts and more.

  2. Cool off in one of Albuquerque’s public and other outdoor pools. We’ve pulled together a list of some of ABQ’s favorite swimming spots

  3. Just a few miles south of the city, Valle de Oro Wildlife Refuge offers unique environmental education and recreation opportunities for the whole family. 

  4. Enjoy amazing views and sharpen your golf skills at the Pitch & Putt 6 Hole Short Course. Unlimited play is just $6.

  5. What better way to keep the kids cool than to play at one Albuquerque’s many fountains & splash parks? Some great options around the city include a Park Above, the Alameda Spray Park, Cesar Chavez Spray Pad, the Civic Plaza Fountain, the South Valley Pool Spray Park, and Wells Park Spray Pad. 

Events & Entertainment

  1. The historic Old Town neighborhood has weekly cultural offerings, such as flamenco dancing and salsa.

  2. Summerfests are a series of free community events featuring live music, children's activities, climbing walls, a craft beer garden, food trucks and vendors selling local, handcrafted goods.

Route 66 Summerfest

  1. Flea markets offer treasure hunters a chance to score some amazing finds amid the bric-a-brac.

  2. Make Tuesday the best day with these Tuesday deals!:

  • At Main Event kids under 12 eat on Tuesdays! Get one free kids meal per $8.99 food item purchase. 
  • ​Catch a flick for just $5! AMC Theatres offer discounted movie tickets every Tuesday for members of its loyalty club.
  1. With more parkland per person than any other city in the U.S., Albuquerque is the perfect place to head out and enjoy a day at one of our many City parks!
  2. Cheer on the Albuquerque Isotopes, Albuquerque’s Minor League Baseball team. Berm seating tickets start at just $8. 
  3. Our year-round sunshine and more than 40 local breweries and taprooms, Albuquerque offers a brewery experience like no other city, Many locations feature free live music and affordable food trucks on site. 
  4. Enjoy free live music at The County Line of Albuquerque every Thursday during their Free Music Series each summer. 
  5. Operating on Sundays from May to October, the Rail Yards Market of Albuquerque offers a market of 100s of vendors in one of the most unique venues in the city. Entry to the market is free. 

Rail Yards Market

  1. Check out the KiMo Theatre - Open for self-guided tours daily and offering free guided tours on a pre-scheduled basis. Catch a movie while you’re there, tickets start at only $4 depending on the show.
  2. Albuquerque’s public libraries offer free or low-cost classes and workshops, art exhibits, readings and performances, and much more. And with 18 branches around town, you’re always near a library. 

Food & Drink

  1. Farmer’s markets in Albuquerque are a great (and inexpensive) way to get a taste of local foods and goods. 

    Downtown Growers Market

  2. Wine tastings at select wineries, including Casa Rondeña, Gruet Winery, Sheehan Winery, VARA Wines, and more let you sip locally grown and produced wines.

  3. Enjoy drink specials all around town with our list of Happy Hours in Albuquerque


  1. Historic Route 66 runs through Albuquerque. See the road that changed the idea of post-WWII American road trips, including unique signs and architecture that still remain from the heyday of Route 66. 

  2. Window shopping in Old Town and Nob Hill lets you sample daily life in Albuquerque and see our unique arts and crafts.

    Old Town

  3. Take a self-guided tour of some Albuquerque’s most impressive and awe-inspiring murals. Follow the Mural Mosey for a Downtown tour, or create your own tour

  4. The Albuquerque Historical Society offers a free Downtown Walking Tour every Saturday at 10 a.m. from February through November. Learn the history and architecture of some of the landmark buildings that make up the city’s business district. 

  5. Experience one of the most unique museums around at Tinkertown, on the east side of the Sandia Mountains. Your imagination will soar, with museum entrance only $3 for kids and $6 for adults.  

  6. An oasis in the middle of a busy college campus, the UNM Duck Pond is a perfect spot to relax with a book, enjoy a picnic or watch the birds.

  7. Meet a friendly pack of alpacas and take a tour of the family farm for free at Hollywick Farms, located just a few minutes east of the city in Sandia Park, New Mexico. 

  8. Explore Albuquerque’s vast and unique collection of Public Art. Find your way around the Public Art scene with this handy map. 

  9. Enjoy some of Albuquerque's most picturesque spots