Best Albuquerque Museums & History in Albuquerque

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Giant Dinosaurs! NM Museum of Natural History and Science

Museums in Albuquerque

Albuquerque is full of fascinating and educational museums and cultural centers. Be sure to check out one or all.

Museums in Albuquerque's Historic Old Town

The museums in Historic Old Town are all within walking distance to Hotel Albuquerque.

Albuquerque Museum of Art & History
The Albuquerque Museum is located in the heart of historic Old Town right next to Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town. With a focus on art, history and people it features art of the Southwest and covers various aspects of Albuquerque's and the Rio Grande Valley's 400-year history through permanent displays and traveling exhibitions.
phone: (505) 243-7255

New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science
Within walking distance of Old Town, the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science features 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. A world-class planetarium and the history of the personal computer (Bill Gates invented the PC in an Albuquerque garage) are highlights. 
phone: (505) 841-2800

Fun for kids and parents, Explora features 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.
phone: (505) 224-8300

Turquoise Museum
Adventure through a mine tunnel replica and see rare and spectacular turquoise specimens from around the world and learn the truth about turquoise before purchasing jewelry. 
phone: (505) 247-8650 or (800) 821-7443

International Rattlesnake Museum
Test your bravery and learn all about New Mexico's snakes, reptiles, insects and other animals. Kids can get a certificate of bravery by holding a live python for a photo. 
phone: (505) 242-6569

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Other Albuquerque Culture, History and Science Museums

Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Ballon Museum
The “Hot Air Ballooning Capital of the World” is home to the Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque international Balloon Museum. The museum, located near Nativo Lodge at Balloon Fiesta Park, houses engaging exhibitions and informative programs on the history, science and art of ballooning worldwide.
phone: (505) 768-6080

National Hispanic Cultural Center
The National Hispanic Cultural Center (HCC) 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 arts, performing arts, history and literary arts, media arts and education. The center is also home to a restaurant and indoor and outdoor performing arts spaces.
phone: (505) 246-2261

Indian Pueblo Cultural Center
The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center is dedicated to the preservation and perpetuation of Pueblo Indian culture, history and art. The museum displays feature Pueblo Indian cultures from prehistoric times to the present through a variety of fascinating exhibits and artifacts and represents all 19 pueblos found in New Mexico.
phone (866) 855-7902, (505) 843-7270

National Musuem of Nuclear Science & History
Visitors can explore how nuclear science continues to influence our world and explore the development of the Atomic Age. The brand new 30,000-square-foot facility features 18 exhibitions on nuclear history and technology.
phone: (505) 245-2137

Maxwell Museum of Anthropology
World-renowned for its art and artifacts of New Mexico, this little gem on the University of New Mexico campus specializes in the cultural heritage of the Southwest.
phone: (505) 277-4405

New Mexico Holocaust & Intolerance Museum and Study Center
Learn about the Holocaust, genocides and other forms of extreme bullying that have affected people around the world. Exhibits include the Holocaust, native Americans, Armenian genocide, Black Slavery and the Bataan Death March. Content is not limited to one religion, culture, geographic area, or time. The museum is located downtown next to the KiMo Theatre.
phone: (505) 247-0606

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. Tinkertown is located in Sandia Park on Sandia Crest Road.
phone: (505) 281-5233

Unser Racing Museum
Car racing enthusiasts will surely know the Unser name. The well-known family, native to Albuquerque, has developed a museum that 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.
phone: (505) 341-1776