Old Town Albuquerque Attractions
Albuquerque Museum of Art and History
A must for any trip into Old Town Albuquerque is the Duke City's showcase museum- The Albuquerque Museum of Art and History. Located in the heart of Old Town, the museum has been a centerpiece of the city's cultural life since 1967. Today, with stunning local, regional, and international exhibitions, a huge permanent collection, and a wide variety of programming for all ages, the importance of the museum only continues to grow. Whether you enjoy art, history, or the photography that combines both, the museum is certain to keep you coming back for more. In the meantime, make sure to check out the outdoor sculpture garden with featured works made from metal, stone, and earth.
Art and History Museum
Of course, the Art and History Museum is only one of a number of great museums located in and around Old Town. Yet even with multiple options to choose from, it is hard not to recommend the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science. Anchored by a core of exhibits that trace through billions of years of New Mexico's history, this museum has things for explorers of every age. Here, you can view life from the beginning of time to the dawn of the Dinosaurs, or see the land locked state as a vibrant seacoast torn apart by the Age of Volcanoes.
American International Rattlesnake Museum
For a truly Southwestern experience, head over to the American International Rattlesnake Museum. This Old Town museum is a conservation-motivated institution designed to teach and excite visitors of all ages. Home to the largest collection of rattlesnakes in the world, the Rattlesnake Museum is committed to shining a light on this often-maligned member of the animal kingdom.
The Albuquerque BioPark features multiple attractions, many of which are centered in and around Old Town. Featuring an aquarium, botanic garden, Tingley Beach, and a zoo, each of these amazing attractions offers something for the entire family. At Tingley Beach, you can enjoy fishing, walking and bike paths, hiking, and more, every day of the year. Meanwhile, over a mile of garden paths will enchant you at the Botanic Gardens, while 64-acres of zoo will keep you fascinated with a host of animals from around the world. While you're in the area, make sure you visit the Aquarium, where you'll see aquatic life from the Rio Grande to the Gulf of Mexico.
San Felipe de Neri Parish
From museums to gardens to living culture, Albuquerque remains a vibrant cultural center of Southwestern life. Nowhere is this perhaps more true than at the San Felipe de Neri Parish, a Catholic church that has served as the heart of Albuquerque's spiritual life for over 300 years. After playing key roles in the Mexican War of Independence and United States Civil War, the influence of the church on the community grew exponentially. By 1890, the once small adobe church had grown into an elaborate building that served as the social center of the city. Today, visitors and churchgoers alike continue to flock to the site in search of spiritual enlightenment and living history.