Dynamic intersections between ancient civilizations and a vibrant future
Albuquerque, New Mexico’s largest city, is one of the most culturally diverse and historic cities in North America. Located on the historic crossroads of the Camino Real, the "King's Road," a historic trade route that stretches from South America to northern New Mexico, Albuquerque was founded in 1706 as a Spanish settlement on the banks of the Rio Grande, and named for the Duke of Albuquerque. Many of the original Camino Real buildings and landmarks still stand throughout the area.
Hotel Albuquerque is walking distance from the emerging Sawmill District and the historic Old Town Plaza, a charming, living reminder of the city’s regal Spanish and Native American heritage and a mecca for those seeking authentic Native American arts, crafts and jewelry. Just a few miles away is downtown, with its blend of historic and modern architecture, bustling nightlife and attractions in Albuquerque. Continue up Central Avenue (old Route 66) toward the University of New Mexico (catch a concert or a flamenco performance) to the boutiques, antique shops and hip, yet historic vibe of east Nob Hill.
Explore Things to do in ABQ:
Head north of the hotel for more things to do in Albuquerque, like visiting the Nature Conservation of the Rio Grande Bosque (or woods), the Albuquerque Bio Park’s award-winning zoological gardens, botanical gardens and Tingley Beach.
While at Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town, you are within walking distance of museums, shops, restaurants, bars, galleries and attractions.
To fully enjoy the city, plan your vacation around any or all of Albuquerque’s unique attractions and events, such as Balloon Fiesta, world music extravaganza Globalquerque! at the stunning National Hispanic Cultural Center, or the Gathering of Nations Pow Wow (one of the nation’s largest Native American gatherings). These are but three of a year-round calendar of things to do in ABQ.
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Heritage Inspirations offers half and full-day excursions, multi-day adventures, and custom-crafted itineraries. With more than twenty tours across Santa Fe, Albuquerque, and Taos including active outdoor expeditions, specially curated walking tours, and roving glamping adventures, Heritage Inspirations has a unique and dynamic option for every traveler. As a partner of Heritage Inspirations, Heritage Hotels & Resorts provides an exclusive discount to those who stay at one of our properties in Albuquerque, Santa Fe, or Taos before or after a tour.
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New Mexico is known for year-round hot air ballooning and we've partnered up with the oldest and most experienced professional balloon ride company, Rainbow Ryders, to take your vacation to the next level.
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ALBUQUERQUE SAWMILL DISTRICT
Explore Albuquerque’s newest destination for the savvy traveler just outside our doors. Originally the site of the American Lumber Company north of historic Old Town, the Sawmill District is being re-imagined and redeveloped into a vibrant neighborhood of loft-style housing, artist studios and retail space. Its new shops, art and entertainment reflect New Mexico’s rich culture and emerging International trends.
SAWMILL MARKET - OPENING MARCH 10, 2020
The Sawmill Market brings to the Sawmill District a 25,000 square-foot food hall with an array of local cuisine and culinary traditions. It will house a growers' market, restaurants and bars along with entertainment venues, art galleries and more.
The Sawmill Market is being advised by Steve Carlin, a pioneer in food market developments including the Ferry Building Marketplace in San Francisco and the Oxbow Public Market in the Napa valley.
SPUR LINE SUPPLY CO.
Discover the best in crafted and quality merchandise centered around a minimal, high desert aesthetic at Spur Line Supply Co. This concept store features a men’s and women’s shop, children’s shop, record shop, stationary, home goods, furniture, coffee and doughnuts, apothecary and floral shop with an outdoor living concept. Merchandise originates from the Southwest and beyond.
MEZCLA DE CULTURAS
A HERITAGE INSPIRATIONS WALKING TOUR OF THE SAWMILL DISTRICT & HISTORIC OLD TOWN
Discover the burgeoning Sawmill District and historic Old Town through unique, immersive and enchanting walking tours Friday and Saturday afternoons. These two-hour historic tours depart from Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town and end at Hotel Chaco.
Tours are held Fridays from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.; Saturdays from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Visit HeritageInspirations.com for pricing and availability.
Albuquerque Museum of Art & History in Old Town
For over 40 years, the Albuquerque Museum has been a rich voice of culture in the Southwest, with highlighted art, history and culture exhibits, both local and global. It transitions with ease from exhibitions on local history and art, to exhibitions from major institutions around the world. The Museum's regional art collection focuses on the American Southwest, and its history and photo archive collections primarily relate to the life and culture of Albuquerque and the middle Rio Grande Valley. The Museum's lectures, tours, classes, concerts and exhibition openings, regularly provided to the community in a breath-taking architectural setting, are some of the city's cultural mainstays. It is listed as one of the "Top 10 Arts and Cultural Venues" in Albuquerque.
2000 Mountain Rd NW, Albuquerque, NM 87104
Phone (505) 242-4600
New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science - in Old Town
The New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science is just a short walk from Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town. The museum is home to a wide array of interactive and educational displays, visiting collections, a planetarium, Dynomax, an IMAX theater and permanent exhibits. From permanent exhibits such as "Journey Through Time," which traces our planet from the beginnings of the Universe through the dinosaur era and into New Mexico's Ice Age, to "STARTUP," the first museum exhibition dedicated to the microcomputer, the museum will challenge how you view the world around you.
1801 Mountain Road NW, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 87104
Call (505) 841-2800
¡Explora! - in Old Town
This hands-on science and technology museum takes visitors on a journey of discovery through interactive experiences in science, technology, nature and art. ¡Explora! features 250 exhibits organized under themes such as water, light and color, shapes of sounds, moving air, and creative art. Exhibits encourage thoughtful activity by visitors of all ages, from across the globe. The museum has a reputation as one of the most innovative and successful science centers in the country.
1701 Mountain Road NW, Albuquerque, NM 87104
Call (505) 224-8300
American International Rattlesnake Museum - in Old Town
See the largest collection of different species of live rattlesnakes in the world. Learn more about rattlesnakes, purchase unique memorabilia and leave with a new appreciation for these amazing creatures and other conservation animals.
202 San Felipe NW, Old Town, Albuquerque, NM 87104
Call (505) 242-6569
Turquoise Museum - in Old Town
Uncover the mystery of turquoise, New Mexico's state gemstone, at this unique museum dedicated to turquoise and its history, different mines and specimens from around the world, and stories of colorful characters. Check for special events, too.
2107 Central Ave NW, Albuquerque, NM 87104
Call (505) 247-8650
Indian Pueblo Cultural Center - near Old Town
The museum's newly renovated permanent exhibit, "We Are of This Place," features a history of the Pueblo world and original artwork from each of the 19 Pueblos of New Mexico. The museum also features changing exhibitions, a Pueblo House, weekly traditional dance performances, lectures, classes and featured Pueblo artists.
2401 12th Street NW, Albuquerque, NM 87104
Call (866) 855-7902
National Hispanic Cultural Center
The National Hispanic Cultural Center promotes the advancement of Hispanic arts and culture. Its campus houses an art museum, a museum store, a torreon, two theaters, educational programs, special events, a research library, genealogy resources and many special programs. Torreon tours take place Sundays at noon; see the fresco that depicts more than 3,000 years of Hispanic history.
1701 Fourth Street SW, Albuquerque, NM 87102
Call (505) 246-2261
Anderson-Abruzzo International Balloon Museum
The Anderson-Abruzzo International Balloon Museum features real hot air balloons, balloon baskets, information on the history of ballooning, as well as facts and information on the balloons themselves. Find out what the Albuquerque Box is all about, and take a ride in a virtual hot air balloon. The museum is hands-on, interactive and overlooks the Balloon Fiesta Park.
9201 Balloon Museum Drive NE, Albuquerque, NM 87113
Call (505) 768-6020
Maxwell Museum of Anthropology
Maxwell Museum of Anthropology offers exhibits and programs relating to cultures around the world, with a special emphasis on the cultural heritage of the Southwest. The museum has two permanent exhibits which look in depth at our ancestors and origins of human evolution, and the people of the Southwest. The museum also offers temporary exhibits, but all look closely at the peoples of the Americas. Experience the richness of human life ways in all their diverse expressions; come to museum talks, special events and educational programming for children.
500 Redondo West Drive NE, Albuquerque, NM 87106
Call (505) 277-4405
National Museum of Nuclear Science and History
The museum provides insight into the atomic age, from its early research through today's uses of nuclear power. There are permanent as well as changing exhibits. Visitors can also explore an outdoor field of planes and rockets. Find out about nuclear science, from its pioneers to its current uses.
601 Eubank NE, Albuquerque, NM 87123
New Mexico Holocaust and Intolerance Museum
New Mexico's Holocaust and Intolerance Museum has exhibits investigating the many faces of hatred and intolerance. Exhibits look mainly at the holocaust and its effects on Jews, and there are also exhibits on the genocides of Rwanda, Native America, the Battan Death March, and more.
616 Central SW, Albuquerque, NM 87102
Call (505) 247-0606
The Tinkertown Museum is part collection of miniature wooden scenes, part gallery of the odd and unusual, and part adventure. The exhibits were created over a 40 year period, in what started as a hobby. The miniature wood-carved figures are often animated, and the detailed scenes depict weddings, western towns, circuses and more. There is a gift store and bookstore on site.
Location: On Highway 536 on the way to the Sandia Crest in Sandia Park
Hours: April 1 through October 31, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. daily
Cost: $3.50 adults, $3 seniors 62+, $1 children 4 - 16. Kids under 4 admitted free of charge.
Call (505) 281-5233
Geology and Meteorite Museums
The Silver Family Geology Museum displays exhibits of fossils, minerals and rock specimens represent a percentage of the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences collection. You will find displays of a late Cretaceous Mososaur, a real-time display of worldwide earthquakes, and the special collection of fluorescent minerals. Kids enjoy the museum, and its neighbor down the hall, the UNM Meteorite Museum.
University of New Mexico, Northrop Hall, Room 124
Call (505) 277-4204
Gutierrez-Hubbell House Museum
This historic working farm in the Pajarito area of Albuquerque's south valley contains a 160 year-old natural adobe hacienda on 10 acres of cultivated farmland. It is furnished with period pieces, outdoor interpretive signs and structures, reconstructed photographs and artifacts to provide a glimpse at how people lived during three forms of government. The house sits on the Camino Real, the oldest continuously used European road in North America. Free tours are provided three days a week.
6029 Isleta Blvd SW, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87105
Call (505) 244-0507