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Albuquerque Museum
Albuquerque Museum
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Established 1967
Location 2000 Mountain Road NW
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Type Art museum
History museum

Albuquerque Museum, formerly known as The Albuquerque Museum of Art and History, is located in Albuquerque, New Mexico in Old Town Albuquerque. The Albuquerque Museum is dedicated to preserving the art of the American Southwest and the history of Albuquerque and the Middle Rio Grande Valley of New Mexico. The museum also contributes significantly to the cultural and educational programs in the city of Albuquerque. The museum features art of the Southwest and its global influences, as well as 400 years of Albuquerque history with permanent installations and special exhibitions of national and international origin.


The museum was first opened as the Museum of Albuquerque in 1967 and located in the Albuquerque International Sunport. The collection outgrew the available space in the terminal, and the current location was built in 1979. The building was designed by Antoine Predock and was significantly expanded in 2005.


Blumenschein-Star Road and White Sun 1920
Star Road and White Sun by Ernest L. Blumenschein, 1920

The museum's permanent exhibits are dedicated to art in New Mexico, and the history of Albuquerque include early maps, conquistador armor, weavings, and other artifacts of colonial life in New Mexico. The museum also hosts changing exhibits, a massive photo archive, art galleries, and maintains an outdoor sculpture garden on the grounds.

Permanent exhibits

The museum has three permanent exhibits:

  • Common Ground: Art in New Mexico
  • Only in Albuquerque
  • Sculpture Garden (the City of Albuquerque provides a mobile app guide to the Garden)

Casa San Ysidro

The Albuquerque Museum also operates tours for a late 18th-century house in Corrales, New Mexico called Casa San Ysidro. The house features a recreation of a 19th-century rancho, including a family chapel, a central plazuela and an enclosed corral area.

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