Albuquerque is a treasure trove for fans of museum and cultural history. From art, science and history to unique museums featuring hot air balloons and car racing, Albuquerque has a lot to offer those who enjoy learning and exploring on their vacation travels.
Albuquerque Museum of Art and History
One of the leading museums for Southwestern art, culture and history, the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History features many exhibits on art and culture, live performances in an amphitheater, guided tours, a sculpture garden, educational workshops for all ages, the Casa San Ysidro Gutiérrez-Minge House, and Albuquerque’s renown Old Town.
New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science
With exhibits documenting the earth’s natural history down through New Mexico’s Ice Age, visitors can browse through the eight interactive exhibits. In addition to learning about dinosaurs, New Mexico’s historic “seacoast,” volcanoes, and cave dwellers, visitors can also experience the planetarium and IMAX-sized DynaTheater, plus learn all about the history of the computer.
Unser Racing Museum
As a museum that honors the Users (New Mexico’s favorite racing family), the Unser Racing Museum is a must-see for racing enthusiasts. With interactive exhibits and a plethora of racing memorabilia, fans can explore the trophy room, the display of antique cars, an assortment of racing history documents, and displays that educate about the modern technology used in racing today. Children will love the race car simulator. There are no doubt racing fans will find hours of fun in the Unser Museum.
Anderson-Abruzzo International Balloon Museum
Since Albuquerque is the home to the most famous hot air balloon festival in the world, it’s no surprise that it’s also home to the Anderson-Abruzzo International Balloon Museum. Named for the duo who crossed oceans and continents in balloons, Maxie Anderson and Ben Abruzzo, the museum offers exhibits that portray the history of balloon flight from 1783 through today.
Artifacts of historic ballooning are combined with multi-media presentations to regale the visitors with explanations of how and why hot air balloons fly, the science behind ballooning, and the use of balloons in experiments and during wartime.
Lovers of history and culture will also want to tour Old Town and perhaps check out the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, which celebrates the culture of the Pueblo people of New Mexico through exhibits, artifacts, sculptures, and Native American artwork, along with hands-on workshops and presentations.
With all of these museums dedicated to Albuquerque’s culture, history, art, and pastimes, visitors are sure to enjoy the immersive, educational experiences that they can find on their trip to Albuquerque.