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Arts & Museums
National Hispanic Cultural Center of New Mexico is a state-of-the-art facility which is located in the Rio Grande Valley. Hispanic American contributions to the arts, sciences and humanities are proudly represented. See the joy, passion, pain and perseverance of the local and national Hispanic community brought to light. The stately architectural style of this site is reminiscent of the Incas and Mayans. The facilities include a 2,500-seat amphitheater, performing arts center, research and literary arts building, plus a 10,000-square-foot visual arts center.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Step from the hot sun of historic Route 66 into this cool, old-fashioned parlor of Indian art and antiques for a browse through western history. Paintings, clothing, memorabilia, textiles and jewelry fill every nook and cranny of this store front gallery. Connections with the past, these showcases hold an outstanding collection of antique dealer's wares, authentic pueblo pottery, Navajo jewelry, Hopi kachina dolls, Navajo textiles and religious art of the west.
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 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.
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.