Unfortunately, many visitors to Albuquerque fail to take advantage of the opportunity to see the Albuquerque Museum, located on the eastern edge of Old Town. Opened in 1967, the museum has a diverse collection of art, a great gift shop, a small cafe, educational workshops for children and families, and an amphitheater for live performances.
The Albuquerque Museum offers a wealth of cultural and historical artifacts and works of art. Big changes are also on the horizon, which will make the museum more of an interactive experience. As an article in the Albuquerque Journal began: "Imagine a museum exhibit that covers the history and uniqueness of Albuquerque with historical artifacts, videos, story-telling and an interactive map of the city."
The exhibit, Only in Albuquerque will launch in fall 2014. On the floor will be a massive map of Albuqurque. Visitors can point their phone to any area and find out more information; about people, places, and history.
The museum has a permanent collection of works, showcasing famous artists of New Mexico---past and present---as well as memorabilia of Albuquerque's place in southwest history, including its location on Route 66.
In addition, the museum sponsors unique exhibitions, some of which might only make it to one or two other museums in the US. A few example of current and upcoming exhibits include:
Arte en la Charreria: The Artisanship of Mexican Equestrian Culture
December 21, 2013 - March 30, 2014
Comprising more than 150 examples of superlative artisan craftmanship and design distinctive to the charro, Charreria features leatherwork, costumes, textiles, silver, and ironwork that illustrate the life of these revered horsemen.
The spectacular objects in Arte en la Charreria---many dating from the late 1800s---come from prestigious collections throughout Mexico and have rarely been seen outside of the country.
Behind Closed Doors: Art in the Spanish American Home, 1492 - 1898
February 16 - May 18, 2014
Behind Closed Doors explores the private lives and interiors of Spain's New World elite frm 1492 through the nineteenth century, focusing on the house as a principal repository of fine and decorative art.
Through approximately 160 paintings, sculptures, prints, textiles, and decorative art objects, this exhibition presents for the first time American, European, and Asian luxury goods from everyday life as signifiers of the faith, wealth, taste, and socio-racial standing of their consumers.
Miniatures and More
Now in its 24th year, Miniatures & More is an exhibition fundraiser that provides valuable funding to the museum, while benefiting the artists whose work it features. A range of artists producing traditional and contemporary paintings, photographs, and sculptures are selected each year through a juried process.
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