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Arts & Museums
Albuquerque's largest performing arts facility has been remodeled in recent years and now offers near perfect acoustics on the stage, orchestra pit, mezzanine and balcony. The center features four theaters and an art museum containing five galleries that house a permanent collection of more than 28,000 photographs, paintings, drawings and prints. This center is located in Popejoy Hall on UNM campus, just north of Cornell and Central. Matinee shows and weekend performances vary, call for information.
A powerful-12 inch Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescope is opened to the public on Friday nights, for a look at outer space. This is a fun, free and fascinating stop located two blocks north of Lomas on Yale. Many amateur astronomers take their personal telescopes and are always helpful and eager to share information about the galaxies. The UNM Physics and Astronomy Department maintains this observatory. Open on Friday nights only and when the local skies are clear, look for the dome on a little hill.
The University Art Museum hosts the state's largest collection of fine art. As an entity of the University of New Mexico, education is a key part of the museum's purpose. Guides are available for each exhibit. Perhaps best of all, entry is always free.
Watch as NMSL&RHS volunteers restore the impressive Baldwin 4-8-4 Steam Locomotive, AT&SF 2926. Originally built in 1944, this colossal locomotive is on the National Register of Historic Places. Visit during open hours and learn about the rebuilding process as well as take a short tour. Who knows, you might just sign up to volunteer yourself.
With more than 10 million curated items, this museum on the University of New Mexico campus offers a large collection regarding human history and culture. The museum houses two permanent exhibits. "Ancestors" showcases the four million year history of the evolution of humankind. "People of the Southwest" is an in-depth record of 11,000 years of Southwestern culture. Other dynamic exhibits and a lecture series offer interpretations of man's history across the globe.
The Indian Pueblo Culture Center is owned and operated by the 19 Pueblo Tribes of New Mexico. Visit the museums, galleries and gift shops where more than 305,000 visitors annually experience the culture, art and history of pueblo life. Children are welcome to join hands-on experiences in the Pueblo House Children's Museum. Art and craft workshops, various Indian Rites and many special celebrations and events are planned throughout the year. The Pueblo Harvest Cafe serves great New Mexican and Native American dishes at reasonable prices.
A surprising array of quality artwork greets you in one of four galleries that occupy space in this historic downtown building of Harwood Art Center. But the galleries are only part of this center. In other rooms, workshops for artists are held on subjects like marketing their work and career strategies. There is a small cafeteria inside and musicians and singers are featured often. This art center is a mecca for up and coming artists, and it brings the community cutting edge, high quality arts programming.
Northrup Hall at the University of New Mexico is better known as the Earth and Planetary Sciences Building. For years, this branch of the university has dedicated itself to researching and teaching about space and its wonders. On the first floor, a wonderful little museum documents the discovery of meteorites that have been found worldwide. The brochure provided for each visitor explains each specimen that is on display, and someone is always available to answer any questions you may have. There is no admission fee.
Visiones is the student display gallery of the nonprofit arts organization Working Classroom. Working Classroom provides hands-on visual arts and theater instruction, often from world-class guest instructors, in English and Spanish to students from historically underrepresented communities. The organization has been flourishing for over two decades, with the gallery being a relatively recent addition. Exhibitions are generally free of charge and open for viewing between 9:00 and 17:00 Monday through Friday. However, there may be some gaps between rotating exhibitions and some charges for evening openings and fundraisers, so be sure to contact the gallery prior to any visit. -Pip Lustgarten
Explore three floors of exhibits to learn more about the telephone then you ever thought was possible at the Telephone Museum of New Mexico. Walk through the exhibits and see items from Alexander Graham Bell's workshop, photographs, switchboards, hundreds of different types of telephones, and more. Find out about unsung heroes like Susan Parks, a switchboard operator was able to inform the U.S.A. army about the attack by Pancho Villa during the actual attack. Her switchboard is on display, and you can even see bullet holes. Children will love the Learning Center with its hands-on displays and make sure you stop by the gift shop before you leave.
Learn and play at a center that challenges people of all ages and backgrounds to explore, learn and critically think. Explore art, science, technology, culture and fun. The museum contains a collection of over 250 interactive science, technology and art exhibits such as an experiment bar and a high-wire bike and robotics lab. Demonstrations, theatre performances and a variety of programs and activities are also offered. The museum store provides a wide array of bilingual and educational items.
Founded by Holocaust survivor Werner Gellert, this fascinating museum is focused on genocides and intolerance around the world. The emotional exhibits explore the museum's theme, with displays like the Art of the Holocaust, Native American Cultural Genocide, and a Replica Concentration Camp Gate. Learn about these difficult times and discover how you can help fight intolerance today. Since the museum deals with mature themes, it's suggested that young children should not visit.