Creative cultures flourish in Albuquerque. Home to more than 100 art galleries and studios, Albuquerque offers a variety of fine art, authentic Southwestern jewelry, pottery and contemporary art. Its innovative theater scene spans everything from intimate black-box shows to international festivals. Albuquerque is a favorite cultural destination for visitors from all over the map.
Whether you immerse yourself in Native American or Hispanic culture and art at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center or the National Hispanic Cultural Center, take a tour through a world-class art exhibit at Albuquerque Museum, go on a self-guided mural and street art walk in Albuquerque’s Downtown neighborhood, or find yourself playing like you’re a kid again at the uniquely interactive art experience at Electric Playhouse, Albuquerque boasts the perfect spots for your next arts vacation.
The arts in Albuquerque are locally supported and world renowned. Visiting Albuquerque museums and cultural centers offers a fascinating look at the history that shaped New Mexico and the blend of cultures that makes the area so unique. For an introduction to New Mexico’s 19 pueblos, be sure to visit the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, which offers information and resources on Native American culture, history and art. If you’re interested in the area’s Spanish heritage, don’t miss the National Hispanic Cultural Center, where you can learn about Día de los Muertos traditions, see world-class flamenco performances and enjoy other cultural events. The Albuquerque Museum of Art and History has exhibits on the city’s origins as a Spanish colonial village, which will give you a whole new perspective on our city. The Albuquerque Museum also includes artworks of all traditions, from the works of indigenous peoples to Spanish colonial art to cutting-edge modern installations. Find out more about Albuquerque's many museums.
You will find galleries all around town, from historic Old Town to Nob Hill to Uptown. The works of local and international artists are featured at the city's many galleries. To get a sense of Albuquerque's diverse creativity, participate in an ARTScrawl event, held monthly. Learn more about Albuquerque's galleries.
Even if you don't visit any of our galleries or museums, during your stay you will likely encounter some incredible public art just by walking around. Albuquerque has one of the nation’s oldest public art programs; enjoy creative and captivating New Mexican art throughout the city.
Albuquerque's performing arts scene stands out for its diversity, innovation and magnificent productions. Whether you prefer avant-garde experimental theater or classic favorites, you will find them in Albuquerque. Some of our theater troupes and venues include the Tricklock Company, Albuquerque Little Theater (where Vivian Vance graced the stage before taking on the role of Ethel in "I Love Lucy") and Popejoy Hall on the University of New Mexico campus, a popular stopping point for major touring productions.
One of Albuquerque's most beautiful venues is the KiMo Theatre, nearly a century old and still as magnificent as when it first opened its doors. The façade of the Pueblo Deco-style theater is one of the most notable in Albuquerque; the shows on its stage range from musical performances to drama to comedy and more.
Regular performances at Albuquerque theaters, cultural centers and festivals are scheduled throughout the city and can be found on our calendar of events.
Albuquerque is home to a vibrant public art scene. View murals painted throughout the city and learn about the artists on MurosABQ.com, or take a “Mural Mosey” in Downtown Albuquerque. Explore the City’s interactive map of public art here. Head Downtown the first Friday of each month for the free First Friday Artwalk. There are countless ways to enjoy the city’s public art.