Albuquerque is a city shaped by centuries of history and a blend of influences from Native American and Hispanic cultures. In Albuquerque, cultural experiences can be found at almost every turn, weaving a tapestry of traditions, stories and flavors that captivate the senses and nourish the soul. Whether you're drawn to the culture and traditions of Native American pueblos or the vibrant colors of Hispanic art, this city invites you to embark on a journey of discovery, where every moment is a celebration of heritage and diversity. We've compiled a list of unique cultural experiences you'll only find in Albuquerque.


Indian Pueblo Cultural Center

Indian Pueblo Cultural Center 2

Step into the heart of Native American culture at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. Immerse yourself in the rich traditions, artistry and spirituality of the 19 pueblos of New Mexico through exhibits, workshops and performances. From traditional dances to authentic art, every visit to the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center offers a deep dive into centuries-old customs and beliefs in a heritage that is still thriving today. Stop by Indian Pueblo Kitchen to get a taste of delicious and authentic Native American cuisine.


National Hispanic Cultural Center

An image of the Mundos de Mestizaje mural at the National Hispanic Cultural Center

Dive into the vibrant tapestry of Hispanic heritage at the National Hispanic Cultural Center. Explore art exhibits, theater performances and educational programs that celebrate the contributions of Hispanic and Latino communities that have shaped the local culture of Albuquerque, and internationally as well. From traditional folk music to contemporary art, every corner of this center resonates with the rhythm and soul of Hispanic culture. Be sure to visit the largest concave fresco in North America, Frederico Vigil’s “Mundos De Mestizaje,” located inside the Torreón at the center. 


Old Town

Old Town Church

Wander through the cobblestone streets of Old Town Albuquerque, where the city's Spanish colonial past comes to life. As the city’s original founding site, Old Town is the place to explore more than 150 shops, galleries, museums and restaurants featuring Southwestern artwork, pottery and classic New Mexican food. Don't miss the chance to visit the San Felipe de Neri Church, the oldest building in the city, radiating with centuries of history and devotion.


Day Tours with Heritage Inspirations

Heritage Inspirations Day Tour

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Embark on an unforgettable journey through Albuquerque's rich history with a day tour offered by Heritage Inspirations. Step off the beaten path, beyond ordinary tourist routes, and become immersed in ethically curated New Mexico excursions. Take in the sights of the guided Mezcla de Culturas Walking Tour of Old Town, and learn something new that is tied to Albuquerque's historic past. Take it a step further with the guided Acoma Pueblo Day Tour where you will venture outside of Albuquerque to visit the Acoma Pueblo and witness Native American culture and traditions firsthand with a personal interpretative guide. 

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