Culture on the Cheap
A few of Albuquerque's better (and cheaper) museums
Albuquerque Museum of Art and History
2000 Mountain NW, 243-7255
This leading museum for Southwestern art, culture, and history has a fascinating collection of sculptures, paintings and photographs.
Hours of Operation: Tuesday–Sunday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Admission: $4 adults, $2 seniors (65+), $1 children, ages 4–12.
Admission is free every Sunday from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. and all day on the first Wednesday of every month.
American International Rattlesnake Museum
202 San Felipe NW, 242-6569
Albino Western Diamondbacks are among the rare specimens at this unique museum.
Hours of Operation: Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, 1-5 p.m.
Admission: $3.50 adults, $2.50 children, $3.00 seniors/military/students.
The Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum
9201 Balloon Museum NE, 880-0500
One of the world's premiere facilities dedicated to the art, culture, science, history, sport and spectacle of ballooning.
Hours of Operation: Tuesday-Sunday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Admission: $4 adults, $2 seniors/children.
Indian Pueblo Cultural Center Museum
Street NW, 843-7270
A large collection of exhibits, performances and information on Native American culture in general and the Pueblo Indians in particular.
Hours of Operation: Daily, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Admission: $4 New Mexico Residents with ID.
Maxwell Museum of Anthropology
1 University of New Mexico, 277-4405
Features more than 10 million individual items from all parts of the world.
Hours of Operation: Tuesday-Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
National Atomic Museum
(Soon to be renamed the National Museum of Nuclear Science and History)
1905 Mountain NW, 245-2137
America's only official atomic museum touts an impressive, wide-ranging collection of declassified educational materials regarding nuclear technology.
Hours of Operation: Daily, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Admission: $6 adults, $5 seniors, $4 youth.
The New Mexico Holocaust and Intolerance Museum
415 Central NW, 247-0606
The museum is dedicated to combating hate and intolerance through education.
Hours of Operation: Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
121 Sandia Crest, 281-5233
More than 40 years of carving and collecting have produced Ross J. Ward's Tinkertown.
Hours of Operation: Daily, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Admission: $3 adults, $2.50 seniors, $1 chidren.
2107 Central NW, 247-8650
Displays relate the formation process of this gemstone and also chronicle its many uses by Native Americans during prehistoric times.
Hours of Operation: Monday-Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Admission: $2 adults, $1.50 seniors, $1.50 children.
University of New Mexico Art Museum
110 Fourth Street NW, 277-4001
New Mexico's largest collection of fine art includes works from seminal artists such as Rembrandt, Picasso and O'Keeffe. Other exhibits include photographs and prints.
Hours of Operation: Tuesday-Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday evenings, 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Sundays, 1 p.m.-4 p.m.
University of New Mexico Geology Museum
Northrop Hall, Room #124 (First Floor), 277-4204
Features public exhibits of mineral, fossil and rock specimens.
Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Closed for the lunch hour from Noon-1 p.m.