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Albuquerque Museum of Art & History

The Albuquerque Museum of Art & History, located in the heart of historic Old Town, features art of the Southwest as well as 400 years history of Albuquerque and the Rio Grande Valley through permanent displays and traveling exhibitions. (505) 243-7255 

Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum

The “Hot Air Ballooning Capital of the World” is home to the Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque international Balloon Museum. The museum, located at Balloon Fiesta Park, houses engaging exhibitions and informative programs on the history, science and art of ballooning worldwide. (505) 768-6020 

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Located within walking distance of Old Town, the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science features a Journey Through Time, eight permanent exhibit halls that take guests through the formation of the universe, the age of the dinosaurs, and geologic changes including volcanoes and ice ages. The extreme Screen DynaTheater is the largest movie screen in New Mexico and an ‘out of this world’ planetarium. The museum also features a comprehensive exhibit about the evolution of the personal computer called “Startup: Albuquerque and the Personal Computer Revolution,” which overviews Albuquerque’s role in the beginning of the personal computing era. (505) 841-2800

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National Museum of Nuclear Science & History

Visitors can explore the development of the Atomic Age through The Manhattan Project and the Cold War. Learn about the contributions of nuclear medicine, and examine the pros and cons of nuclear energy. The museum also includes Heritage Park, a nine-acre outdoor exhibition area for aircraft, missiles and nuclear submarines. (505) 245-2137


Explora is New Mexico’s premier hands-on learning center with more than 250 interactive exhibits, educational programs and activities encouraging creativity, imagination, inspiration and inquiry into science, technology and art. (505) 224-8300 

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National Hispanic Cultural Center

The National Hispanic Cultural Center (NHCC) is the only national cultural institution dedicated to the study, advancement and presentation of Hispanic culture, arts and humanities. NHCC offers both permanent and traveling exhibits that showcase visual, performing, media and literary arts, history and education. The center is also home to a restaurant and indoor and outdoor performing arts spaces. At the entrance to the NHCC is the Torreón Fresco, a massive painting depicting the cultural development of Hispanic heritage from prehistory to present day. The painting was created by internationally renowned artist and New Mexico native, Frederico Vigil, in the ancient “fresco” technique. (505) 246-2261

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Indian Pueblo Cultural Center

Located minutes away from historic Old Town, the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center is dedicated to the preservation and perpetuation of Pueblo Indian culture, history and art. The museum displays feature the Pueblo Indian cultures from prehistoric times to the present through a variety of fascinating exhibits and artifacts which represent all 19 pueblos found in New Mexico. The center also features a restaurant, which serves authentic cuisine throughout the day and special weekend brunches accompanied by Native American music. (866) 855-7902, 505-843-7270

Maxwell Museum of Anthropology

Specializing in the cultural heritage of the Southwest, this museum on the University of New Mexico campus has four exhibit areas and also features a reconstructed cave setting complete with replica Ice Age drawings and sculptures, and a spectacular collection of prehistoric pottery. The museum is world renowned for its holdings of art and artifacts from this region. (505) 277-4405

American International Rattlesnake Museum

Learn about snakebites, venom and fangs at the world’s largest collection of live rattlesnakes. Dedicated to animal conservation and preservation through education, the museum offers a large array of snake-related artwork, artifacts and memorabilia. (505) 242-6569

Turquoise Museum

Journey through a mine tunnel replica and see rare and spectacular turquoise specimens from around the world. Discover interesting facts about turquoise and its presence in New Mexico and view turquoise samples from over one hundred mines, educations and histories. Beautiful turquoise jewelry is available for purchase at the museum as well. (505) 247- 8650 or (800) 821-7443

Institute of Meteorites - Meteorites Museum

The Institute of Meteoritics (IOM) is a premier research institution for the study of early solar system and planetary evolution. IOM research focuses on a wide variety of extraterrestrial materials and the IOM meteorite collection now totals more than 600 different meteorites, including one of the largest meteorites in the world. Located on the University of New Mexico campus, visitors can also take a virtual tour online. (505) 277-1644

New Mexico Holocaust & Intolerance Museum and Study Center

Learn about the Holocaust, genocides and other forms of bullying that have affected people around the world. Exhibits include the Holocaust, Native American cultural genocide, the Armenian and Greek genocides, Slavery in America, and an educational mini-theater. Content is not limited to one religion, culture, geographic area, or time. The museum, a beneficiary agency of the Jewish Federation of New Mexico, is located downtown at 616 Central Avenue SW near the historic El Rey Theater. (505) 247-0606 http://

Museum of Archaeology & Biblical History

Examine 3,000 years of evidence for the historical authenticity of the Biblical text displayed through ancient artifacts. (505) 217-1330

Archeology & Material Culture Museum

Discover archaeology excavation through analysis. Follow America’s first inhabitants through a 12,000-year timeline, ending in 1890 at Wounded Knee. Enjoy a computer enhanced exhibit held at the museum, which explores science conducted at Sandia Cave and turquoise mining in the local area. The museum is located in Cedar Crest along the Turquoise Trail National Scenic Byway. (505) 281-2005 

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Tinkertown Museum

Ross Ward spent more than 40 years of his life carving, collecting and constructing what is now Tinkertown Museum. During the 1960s and 1970s, his miniature wood-carved figures traveled to fairs and carnivals around the country. This collection includes over 50,000 glass bottles, wagon wheels, old-fashioned store fronts and a 35’ antique wooden sailboat that had been on a 10 year voyage around the world. Tinkertown is located in Sandia Park on Sandia Crest Road. (505) 281-5233

Unser Racing Museum

One of Albuquerque’s most well known families, the Unsers, are prominent in the world of car racing. The museum lays out the history of the Unser racing legacy from the early days at Pikes Peak to the dynasty they have carried on at the Indy 500. Changing and permanent exhibits provide a look at the technology and design of racecars. (505) 341-1776

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