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10 Essential Albuquerque Museums That Even Locals Should Visit

(July 31, 2015)—Albuquerque—Sometimes you don’t wan’t to do the ordinary and just want to have a relaxing evening, minus an expensive dinner or a night at the movies. Or maybe you just want to get the kids out of the house, without spending a million bucks. No need to look further, because there are a bunch of different things that you can do to enjoy yourself, even if you’re on a budget.

If you’re like me, then you really like to go to museums, art galleries and such. If you’re into doing something a little different, maybe a little mundane for the tourist, and maybe a little more interesting for the locals, here are 10 awesome museums for the entire family, that are right here in Albuquerque.

1.) Explora


Explora is a science center in Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States, located near Old Town Albuquerque. Its name is the imperative form of the Spanish language verb explorar, which means to explore. Wikipedia


Address: 1701 Mountain Rd NW, Albuquerque, NM 87104

All-ages science, tech & art museum with over 250 exploratory exhibits & separate toddler area. 

“Adults and kids all had fun here.”
“Definitely a great value, considering you can spend most of the day here.”
“…museum with a good guide this could cover topics up to high school physics.”

2.) Albuquerque Museum of Art and History



The Albuquerque Museum of Art and History, also called the Albuquerque Museum, is located in Albuquerque, New Mexico in Old Town Albuquerque. Wikipedia


Address: 2000 Mountain Rd NW, Albuquerque, NM 87104


Local history museum featuring maps, photos & crafts depicting the history of Albuquerque.
“Love the traveling exhibits, and the pricing structure for students.”
“Since the renovation, it’s 1 of the most beautiful places in albuquerque.”
“…The Albuquerque Museum Of Art & History is…”


3.) New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science 



The New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science is a natural history and science museum in Albuquerque, New Mexico near Old Town Albuquerque. The Museum was founded in 1986. Wikipedia


Address: 1801 Mountain Rd NW, Albuquerque, NM 87104


Opened: 1986




Expansive museum featuring stones & gems, dinosaur skeletons & a time travel simulation ride. 
“Enjoyed the Titanic exhibit.”
“The gift shop is excellent.”
“The prices were very affordable for a city museum.”

4.) National Museum of Nuclear Science & History



The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History is a national repository of nuclear science information chartered by the 102nd United States Congress under Public Law 102-190, and located in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Wikipedia
Address: 601 Eubank, Albuquerque, NM 87123
Compact educational spot featuring exhibits chronicling the development of nuclear science. 
“The exhibits contain lots of original scientific equipment and photographs.”
“Two broken arrows on display was cool too.”
“Was disappointed in the gift shop but the museum made up for it very cool.”



5.) Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum

balloon museum



The Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum is a museum dedicated to the worldwide history, science, and art of all types of ballooning and lighter-than-air flight. Wikipedia

6.) American International Rattlesnake Museum 




The American International Rattlesnake Museum is an animal conservation museum located in Albuquerque, New Mexico in Old Town Albuquerque. The museum is devoted to snakes, particularly rattlesnakes, and is dedicated to rattlesnake education. Wikipedia


Address: 202 San Felipe St NW, Albuquerque, NM 87104


Opened: May 5, 1990


Phone: (505) 242-6569


Unique educational spot featuring exhibits & films dedicated to rattlesnakes around the world. 



7.) Indian Pueblo Cultural Center 




The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, located in Albuquerque, is owned and operated by the 19 Indian Pueblos of New Mexico and dedicated to the preservation and perpetuation of Pueblo Indian Culture, History and Art.Wikipedia


Address: 2401 12th St NW, Albuquerque, NM 87104



Expansive museum featuring pottery, arts & crafts, jewelry & more from local Native American tribes.
Very interesting.”
“I walked into the smoke shop with my alternative lifestyle sister.”
“Their party on the patio events with horno baked pizza and live music are awesome”



8.) Unser Racing Museum 




The Unser Racing Museum, located in Albuquerque, New Mexico, U.S.A., is a non-profit museum celebrating the accomplishments of New Mexico’s native racing family, the Unsers. Wikipedia


Address: 1776 Montaño Rd NW, Los Ranchos De Albuquerque, NM 87107



Unser family race cars from notable races, along with go-karts, motorcycles & historical videos. 
“Loved the racing cars and history.”
“Great museum.”
“There are Indy cars, Pikes Peak cars, Pace Cars and personal car collections.”




9.) Maxwell Museum of Anthropology 




The Maxwell Museum of Anthropology is an anthropology museum located on the University of New Mexico campus in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Wikipedia


Address: 1 University Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87131



The University of New Mexico’s global heritage collections, with an emphasis on the Southwest. 




10.) New Mexico Holocaust & Intolerance Museum 




The New Mexico Holocaust & Intolerance Museum in Albuquerque, New Mexico was founded in 2001 by Holocaust survivor Werner Gellert and his wife, Frances Gellert, to educate people about the Holocaust as …Wikipedia


Address: 616 Central Ave SW, Albuquerque, NM 87102


Museum devoted to the history of the Holocaust & the Armenian, Greek & Native American genocides. 

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