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Did you know that there are approximately 850 million visits to museums every year in America? They contribute $50 billion to the U.S. economy each year. If you think about how marvelous museums are, these numbers make sense. Museums can transport you to old worlds, future worlds, worlds you never thought you could be a part of.

If you’re looking to add some of those unknown worlds to your day, check out our list of museums in the area. They are all within driving distance and offer a variety of topics that will enchant every member of the family.
Anderson Abruzzo International Balloon Museum
Anderson Abruzzo International Balloon Museum

(505) 768-6020

9201 Balloon Museum Dr NE
Albuquerque, NM 87113   Directions Website

Explore the captivating history of ballooning at the Albuquerque Balloon Museum. This museum is a must-visit destination that showcases incredible exhibits highlighting memorabilia from renowned balloonists and supports the Albuquerque International Balloon Festival.

The Anderson Abruzzo International Balloon Museum Foundation promotes an appreciation for the science, history, and adventure of ballooning. Through exclusive events and community outreach programs, it inspires future explorers and honors the past pioneers of this incredible field. By supporting the foundation, you can uplift the Balloon Museum, foster a love for ballooning, and ensure that the joy and wonder of balloon flight are shared for generations to come.

Explora Science Center and Children's Museum
Explora Science Center and Children's Museum

(505) 600-6072

1701 Mountain Rd NW
Albuquerque, NM 87104   Directions Website

Explore the science playground at Explora Science Center and Children's Museum, where you will find more than 250 interactive exhibits and activities in science, technology, engineering, art, and math, suitable for the whole family.

From mind-boggling activities to illusions to computer-generated art, there's something for everyone. Located in the heart of Old Town Albuquerque, Explora is an innovative experiential learning center that creates opportunities for inspirational discovery and the joy of lifelong learning through interactive experiences. It's one of the best places for parents to have a great time with their children while learning something new.

Indian Pueblo Cultural Center
Indian Pueblo Cultural Center

(505) 843-7270

2401 12th St NW
Albuquerque, NM 87104   Directions Website

Discover the rich heritage of the Pueblo people at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center in Albuquerque. Immerse yourself in their art, history, and culture and explore the Gateway to the 19 Pueblos of New Mexico. The 10,000-square-foot center has permanent and changing exhibits showcasing traditional and contemporary Indian artists and dances. You can also tour the collection of Pueblo artists' murals, which take you on a personal journey through time and culture.

Savor the unique flavors of Indigenous cuisine at the Indian Pueblo Kitchen, where foodways, education, and exploration come together for a one-of-a-kind dining experience. At the Indian Pueblo Store, you can shop for exquisite and authentic Native American art featuring award-winning, internationally renowned artists and emerging talents. Join them for an unforgettable educational experience and deepen your understanding of the rich heritage of the Pueblo people of New Mexico.

Maxwell Museum of Anthropology
Maxwell Museum of Anthropology

(505) 277-4405

500 University Blvd NE
Albuquerque, NM 87131   Directions Website

The University of New Mexico and Maxwell Museum stand on the traditional homelands of sovereign nations. The commitment to recognizing the deep connections of Indigenous communities to the land and their significant contributions to humanity is unwavering. They express gratitude for the opportunity to work and learn on this land and honor the relationships with Indigenous peoples.

The Maxwell Museum offers permanent, temporary, and online exhibitions that educate and inspire. The exhibitions delve into humanity's deep history, showcasing the diverse communities of New Mexico and addressing contemporary themes such as social justice and climate change. Through exhibits and programs, they are dedicated to reconciling injustices, restoring voices, and realizing community.

National Hispanic Cultural Center
National Hispanic Cultural Center

(505) 246-2261

1701 4th St SW
Albuquerque, NM 87102   Directions Website

Welcome to the National Hispanic Cultural Center, where you can explore the vibrant world of Hispanic, Chicana/o/x, Latina/o/x/e, and Latin American art from various perspectives. They aim to preserve, promote, and advance Hispanic culture, arts, and humanities. They achieve this through carefully curated exhibitions, lectures, book readings, performing arts, and educational programming that reflects the rich heritage of the local community.

The NHCC provides a platform for Hispanic, Chicano, and Latinx artists to showcase their work and bring it to the national stage. They aim to create a cultural home for the community's diverse identities. From bilingual opera to flamenco, theatre to ballet, experience the finest in Hispanic performing arts and film. Join them in celebrating the richness and beauty of Hispanic culture.

New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science
New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science

(505) 841-2800

1801 Mountain Rd NW
Albuquerque, NM 87104   Directions Website

Explore the wonders of the American Southwest at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, conveniently located near Old Town Albuquerque. This fascinating museum offers something for everyone, whether you are a seasoned naturalist or just curious about the world around you.

You can step back in time and witness the Dawn of the Dinosaurs or explore the icy landscapes of New Mexico's Ice Age. The Dynatheater offers 3D films that let you experience the magic of natural history, and the Planetarium is perfect for stargazing. The museum's vivid displays will take you on a journey through the geological history of the American Southwest. The knowledge and adventure you'll find here are endless, with a naturalist center, dinosaur models, ice-age cave replicas, and a walk-through volcano.

Rattlesnake Museum & Gift Shop
Rattlesnake Museum & Gift Shop

(505) 242-6569

202 San Felipe St NW
Albuquerque, NM 87104   Directions Website

Welcome to the Rattlesnake Museum & Gift Shop, home to the world's most extensive collection of live rattlesnakes from different species. Whether you're interested in exploring myths, unraveling mysteries, or overcoming phobias about these misunderstood creatures, you've come to the right place. The museum is committed to providing visitors with a unique and educational experience.

During your visit to the American International Rattlesnake Museum, you will learn about fascinating reptiles, including venomous snakes, lizards, and arachnids. The museum's mission is to dispel common misconceptions about these creatures and provide insights into their lives. The museum has been educating and entertaining visitors worldwide for years, earning the nickname "Snako-de-Mayo" from its regulars. Come and discover the wonder of the American International Rattlesnake Museum for an unforgettable experience.

The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History
The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History

(505) 245-2137

601 Eubank
Albuquerque, NM 87123   Directions Website

Welcome to the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History, a Smithsonian-affiliated Museum that delves into the fascinating world of nuclear energy. The unique exhibits chart the story of atomic science from its early research to its peaceful applications today. They showcase the diverse range of nuclear power applications, from the Cold War to the pioneers contributing to their development.

Established in 1969 as the National Atomic Museum, it provides an intriguing and informative experience that helps visitors understand more about nuclear energy and its impact on the world. Its mission is to educate visitors about the peaceful uses of nuclear technology and inspire them to recognize its potential to create a better future.

Tinkertown Museum
Tinkertown Museum

(505) 281-5233

121 Sandia Crest Rd
Sandia Park, NM 87047   Directions Website

The Tinkertown Museum is a wonderland that Fox News voted the best small Museum in America in 2010. It took 40 years to create and boasts a fantastic collection of unique exhibits. Visitors can be amazed by the 35-foot wooden sailboat that sailed around the world for ten years, the animations of a little western town, and circus performers.

As you explore the winding hallways filled with eccentric collections of Americana, including antique tools, bullet pencils, and wedding cake couples, you can enjoy entertainment provided by Otto, the one-person band, and Esmerelda, the Fortune Teller. Otto can play a tune for you, while Esmerelda can predict your future with just a quarter. Tinkertown Museum is still growing and evolving, always ready to inspire your imagination and awaken your creative spirit.

UNM Art Museum
UNM Art Museum

(505) 277-4001

203 Cornell Dr NE
Albuquerque, NM 87106   Directions Website

The University of New Mexico Art Museum is a free public space that aims to inspire visitors through its impressive collection of artwork. The Museum has been collecting art for over 60 years and now holds the most extensive collection of artwork in New Mexico. The Museum also hosts exhibitions featuring contemporary artists and offers workshops for visitors to create their art.

The Museum's collection has gained recognition for its photography and printmaking sections. The Museum's director established the university's photography collection. Today, the collection houses a diverse assortment of images spanning nearly two centuries of photography.

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