The Albuquerque Museum immerses visitors in the art and history of Albuquerque, New Mexico. Located in Old Town off Historic Route 66, Albuquerque Museum offers exhibits and educational programming for children and families.
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About the Museum
The Albuquerque Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from 9am to 5pm with free admission offered during select times as detailed on the website. Special exhibits and events may not offer free admission. The museum is handicap accessible and special accommodations can be made with 5 days advanced notice for those needing extra assistance.
Tours are offered at 2 p.m. that are docent guided. These one hour tours are free with admission and no reservations are needed. Gallery tours are also available for school and community groups.
Walking Tours through historic Old Town are offered at 11am March through December. These tours are not available for school groups but can be done as a self-guided tour as well using a tour brochure from the admission booth.
Sculpture Garden Tours- Spring through late fall, docent guided tours of the Sculpture Garden is available at 10am. Groups tours can be accommodated with advanced reservations. Visitors are welcome to check out the tour books from the information desk and participate in a self guided tour as well. The Sculpture Garden also has an audio tour available that highlights 13 pieces in the collection.
The Albuquerque Museum has five collections that are showcased through locally curated exhibitions.
· History- This collection focuses on the history of Albuquerque and the New Mexico region. There are online history exhibits available through the website that focus on 1950’s fashion, the 1914 Ingram-Foster Biplane, and the monograph series, as well as books that detail the history of Albuquerque.
· Photo Archives- Open by appointment only, the photo archives capture the history of Albuquerque back to its founded in 1706.
· Art- The art exhibited at the museum is collected from regional artists from the past and present. The Taos Society of Artists is well represented in paintings as is the Transcendental Painting group and artists such as John Marin, Lawrence Calcagno and Larry Bell. The Sculpture Garden is part of the art collection as well.
· Albuquerque Museum: Collections- These collections are historical artifacts relating to Albuquerque and New Mexico. Visitors can learn about the founding of the town as well as travel through history in the Old Town Photo Archives.
· Route 66: Radiance, Rust & Revival on the Mother Road- This new exhibit was put together for the 90th anniversary of iconic Route 66 and features art, history, and pop culture inspired by the Mother Road.
Exhibits are temporary and curated from both the museum’s permanent collection, are traveling exhibits, or exhibits on loan from other institutions. Details about current exhibits including dates of installation and pieces that are features are available on the Albuquerque Museum website. Past exhibitions have included:
· Spirit of Creation: Works on Paper by Native American Artists
· The Leekya Family: Master Carvers of Zuni Pueblo
· Revolt 1680-2180: Virgil Ortiz
· When Modern was Contemporary: Selections from the Roy R. Neuberger collection
· Paul Sarkisian
· Hollywood Southwest: New Mexico in Film and Television
· Faithful Albuquerque: Twenty-Five Churches
· Common Ground: Art in New Mexico
· Objectified: Masculinity and the Male Form
· NMCCC Automobile Show
· Back to Life: The Community of Historic Fairview Cemetery
· Hard Edge Abstraction
· Making it Modern: Folk Art Collection of Eli and Viola Nadelman
· And many more….!
The education department at the Albuquerque Museum aspires to bring art and history to the communities of New Mexico and Albuquerque specifically.
Museum School- Year-round art programs are available for children ages 3-14. Classes are led by experienced educators with registration required and class sized limited. Programs are listed seasonally on the Museum website with details on medium, age range, and cost.
Family Art Workshops- Every Saturday at 1pm, all ages workshops are available for the entire family to enjoy. These 1.5 hour classes are included with museum admission and do not require advance registration.
Field Trips- Guided tours are available for school field trips to the Museum and Casa San Ysidro. There are 3 tours designed for school trips by age—K-1, Grades 2-5, Grades 6-12, and Grades 3-8 is most appropriate for Casa San Ysidro.
Internships- College students can apply for internships and work as docents as the museum. Social events are available for interns and volunteers, as well as an Awards Banquet, and other perks such as free admission to the museum, a discount in the store, and an annual breakfast celebration.
200 Mountain NW, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 87104, website, Phone: 505-243-7255
Albuquerque, New Mexico