When you’re visiting a new city, you likely have an itinerary of places you want to visit and sites you want to see. If one of your must-do things when on vacation is check out a new museum, Albuquerque won’t disappoint. With a plethora of different attractions, there’s something for just about everyone. Check out these top five must-visit museums, as rated by TripAdvisor.com.
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5) Anderson-Abruzzo International Balloon Museum
Ranking #5 on our list is the Anderson-Abruzzo International Balloon Museum. As you may already know, Albuquerque is home to the International Balloon Festival, and is known also as the ballooning capital of the world, so it’s no surprise that the city would have a museum dedicated to them. Guests say that this spot captures the excitement, history, and adventure of the hot air balloons Albuquerque is famous for hosting each year. The shining star at this attraction is definitely the collection of historical balloons.
4) The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History
Originally known as the National Atomic Museum, this attraction was established in 1969 as a place to learn about atomic technology and nuclear development. This museum offers visitors information and exhibits about how nuclear energy has been used in the past and present, and how it might be used in the future. People who love military memorabilia and military vehicles will love this spot, however it’s not recommended for young children as, according to some guests, the exhibits require a lot of reading and are conceptually complex.
3) New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science
At this spot, tourists and residents explore the origins and geological history of the American Southwest. Exhibits here include dinosaur models, ice-age cave replicas, a walk-through volcano and much more. Visitors love this museum for adults and children alike, and it is located within walking distance of Old Town—perfect if you are staying at the Barcelona Suites.
2) Indian Pueblo Cultural Center
The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center sheds light on the history and culture of the Pueblo Indians of New Mexico. The exhibitions of Native American art and crafts, as well as other historical information and things to see, helps give visitors a better understanding of a life and group of people they may know little about. Visitors also have the opportunity to watch native dance shows. It’s regarded as one of the more informational and educational gems in Albuquerque.
1) The Explora Science Center and Children’s Museum of Albuquerque
The top-rated museum in Albuquerque is the Explora Science Center and Children’s Museum of Albuquerque. Visitors describe it as great for kids and parents alike, as well as anyone else interested in science. An inexpensive way to spend an entire day, this attraction is both educational and entertaining for the whole family. Check out the permanent exhibits, but don’t miss the traveling ones, either.