May 23

Albuquerque Museum of Art and History

Art and History Museum The Albuquerque Museum of Art and History is located in Old Town Albuquerque which dates back to the founding of the city by the Spanish in 1706.  It is a very touristy part of the city with lots of shops and historic adobe buildings that surround an area like a town square or central plaza.  This museum is in a nice location because after walking around taking in the sites of Old Town you can take in the art and history that has made Albuquerque such a fascinating city by walking through this museum.

I loved the admission price which is extremely cheap for everything that is in the museum.  Keeping admission prices low seems to be a trait of Albuquerque which was extremely kind to my wallet.  The only thing that I was slightly disappointed in was that they did not allow any photography inside their museum which is why all the pictures for this post are of the outside of the building.  I do understand that it is to protect the art work, but I wish I would have known that before I was in the process of paying the admission fee with my camera hanging from my neck.  There were probably signs up that I did not see which would not surprise me because I am the type that can set something down not even leave the room and still not find what I just set down.
Moving West

Their art collection consists of thousands of pieces of art mostly dealing with the culture and influences of the American Southwest and of course New Mexico.  Besides many paintings the museum is also home to Native American jewelry and pottery, Hispanic religious pieces, folk art, and sketches.  Outside of the museum there are several sculptural pieces including some that show historical scenes.

The history collection of this museum has over 20,000 items and pictures including many pieces and artifacts dating back to the founding the city.  One of my favorite things was a suit of armor that a conquistador would have had.  Another unique thing that I saw at the museum was documents from the 1700s written by the Viceroy of New Spain.  I especially like those relics because one of the first things that I teach about in my middle school class about is when the colony of New Spain was created in the Americas.  So, seeing real artifacts that I end up talking about in class was pretty cool.
Albuequerque Art and History Museum

If you are planning on spending some time in Old Town, Albuquerque then carve out about an hour or two to visit the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History.  The price of admission is well worth what they have inside and I am glad that I spent some of my vacation time learning about the history and seeing works of art of Albuquerque.

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The Albuquerque Museum of Art and History
Located at 2000 Mountain Road NW, Albuquerque
Hours of Operation- Tuesday through Sunday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. closed Mondays, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day
Cost as of this Posting- Adults 19 to 64 $4.00 Children 13 to 18 $3 Seniors 65 and over $2 and Children 4 to 12 $1
For more information visit their website at http://albuquerquemuseum.org/

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