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Mural in Nob Hill of the word "Burque"

Albuquerque was recently recognized by Thrillist as one of the Great American Cities for Creatives (That You Can Actually Afford to Live In).  From its diverse array of museums and galleries to its bustling performing arts venues and dynamic festivals, Albuquerque offers an inspiring backdrop for artistic expression and exploration. With a blend of traditional and contemporary influences, the city provides a melting pot of creativity waiting to be discovered. Whether you seek inspiration from the majestic landscapes of the Southwest, the rhythms of Native American traditions or the eclectic fusion of modern art forms, Albuquerque invites arts and cultural groups to immerse themselves in an enriching and unforgettable experience.

Art Galleries and Museums

From contemporary masterpieces to traditional Southwestern works, Albuquerque offers a rich tapestry of artistic expression waiting to be admired and appreciated. With over 100 art galleries and artist studios, immerse yourself in the city's vibrant arts community and experience the beauty and culture that make the city a hub for creativity.

  • Visit the oldest artist cooperative gallery in the state, Yucca Art Gallery, featuring the works of over 40 regional creatives
  • Explore featured art shows and events at Lapis Room alongside handmade jewelry and gifts
  • Bring your own art to life in engage community art classes at The Groove Artspace
  • As an ode to all things Albuquerque, the Albuquerque Museum is a dynamic hub of culture and creativity showcasing over 10,000 regional works, including those by iconic artists such as Georgia O'Keefe.
  • The National Hispanic Cultural Center immerses visitors in the abundance of artistic diversity of Hispanic art, music, history and heritage through exhibitions, events and performances
  • Explore the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center for a deep dive into the heritage and traditions of New Mexico's 19 Pueblos through exhibits highlighting the wide array of Native American artwork, incuding painting, murals and pottery
  • Explore thought-provoking contemporary art at 516 ARTS, a museum in the heart of Downtown featuring a mix of local, national and international artists whose exhibits delve into timely themes that bridge culture and society

Interior look at Lapis Room Art Gallery

A view of an exhibit inside the Albuquerque Museum

Indian Pueblo Cultural Center 2

Performing Arts

From captivating theater productions to dynamic dance performances and soul-stirring music concerts, Albuquerque's performing arts scene offers a diverse array of experiences for enthusiasts of all tastes. Whether you're drawn to the stirring melodies of a symphony orchestra or the electrifying energy of a live stage production, the city's venues come alive with talent and creativity. With a rich cultural heritage and a thriving community of performers, Albuquerque provides a stage for both local talent and renowned artists to dazzle audiences and leave lasting impressions. Prepare to be enchanted, moved and inspired.


A couple sits and watches flamenco performers at Tablao Flamenco