When I travel, I like to do a little shopping. The announcement of my intention to shop always produces a heavy sigh from my husband, so I always wonder why he doesn’t just find something better to do than tag along with me being bored and restless. This blog is about the better things to do while someone shops.
We often have guests who feel the MUST go to Old Town Albuquerque to shop and do the tourist thing, and their partners or family members often have the same reaction as my husband when the intention to shop is announced at breakfast. I encourage everyone to go, because there is so much more to do in Old Town besides shopping. Some of New Mexico’s best museums are all within walking distance of one another, and there is something of interest for everyone.
First on my list is the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science. Besides being the one of the newest Natural History Museum in the US, (it had been 80 years since one before it opened its doors), this museum boasts a planetarium and an IMAX theater, (Lockheed Martin DynaTheater). The permanent exhibits range from dinosaurs to the first ever computer. There are traveling exhibits as well. Check their website for schedules. The website does the museum no justice, but the schedules are accurate.
Next, and right across the street you will find a gem of a museum for children and adults alike, and it is a perfect way for a family to spend the morning or afternoon. ¡explora! This is a hands on science museum, and we have had nothing but praise from our guests for explora. It is so popular with the grownups that they frequently have “Adults Only” nights so we can have fun without the kids.
Both Museums mentioned so far are north of Tiguex Park at Mountain Rd and 18th St. On 19th Street on the west side of the park is the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History. Albuquerque Art at its finest. Modern art, historic and religious art and crafts all tell their own story of Albuquerque and the many different people and cultures that melded here. Visit this photo display for a sneak peak at what is on display, and the museum’s website above for a calendar of events and changing exhibits.
My next post will cover two other museum venues and a Tour – The National Atomic Museum, The Rattlesnake Museum and also the Old Town Ghost Tour. Remember – there is something for everyone in Old Town!
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Sarah Dolk, Adobe Nido Bed & Breakfast
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