5251 San Antonio Blvd. NE
Albuquerque, NM 87109
Phone: (505) 797-0850
Fax: (505) 797-7642
Arts & Museums
This one of its kind museum features exhibits chronicling the history of ballooning, with a special focus on Albuquerque's contribution (as "Balloon Capital of the World") to this lighter-than-air art form. Famous history-making balloons are on display, as well as other intriguing exhibits like nineteenth-century Japanese ballooning outfits, German war-balloons used for bombing operations, and artifacts from the very beginning of hot-air ballooning in the late eighteenth century. The museum facility overlooks the field from which balloons take off during the world-renowned annual Balloon Fiesta.
This world renowned art gallery exhibits and sells exquisite pieces. You will find paintings in watercolor and oils, porcelain, hand woven textiles and beautiful jewelry. The jewelry, made by artists like Janis Kerman and Russell Spiering, is a collection of one-of-a-kind pieces. Porcelain bowls, tea sets and vases created with a Japanese flair would be an asset to any household. There is a Feng Shui Consultant on staff if you would like advice on where to place your investment within your home or office. This gallery regularly participates in ArtsCrawl.
Visit the interactive Unser Racing Museum and learn about the exciting world of race cars and racing. Take a guided tour through the museum and admire racing memorabilia, including trophies, antique cars, uniforms, and Indianapolis 500 cars. Learn all about the sport's history, including Pikes Peak and the latest car technology. Watch interesting videos and even take a spin on a racing simulator. After exploring the museum take a trip to the gift store to find great souvenirs, including autographs.
Since 1902, this fine gallery has brought together the best of the classic Native American crafts. The generous choice of woven tapestries from Navajo and Zapote artisans will meet any size or color requirement. Pueblo pottery in natural earth hues and beautiful turquoise hand-crafted jewelry reach a peak in this collection of ornamentation from the southwest. Award-winning sculptor Kathy Whitman, known as Elk Woman, offers the classic simplicity of Colorado Alabaster in creations that catch the spirit of the Land of Enchantment.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.