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History is Alive in Albuquerque

Historic Old Town

Historic Old Town has been the heart of Albuquerque since the city was founded in 1706. Today it is the cultural center of Albuquerque, with seven museums and more than 100 shops, galleries and restaurants. For more than 300 years, this neighborhood has been had narrow, winding streets and adobe homes. It will have looked similar to when a group of Spanish families settled there, not far from the Rio Grande. Hundreds of years after it was founded, Old Town remains a center for culture, architecture, shopping, art, cuisine and much more. Old Town Albuquerque is also a significant fine arts center where collectors will find an enviable selection of paintings, sculptures, photography, ceramics and crafts.

Cultures Flourish in Over 100 Museums & Galleries

Albuquerque and its surrounding desert towns and pueblos offer centuries of history. For those history buffs among you, visit Albuquerque and learn more about its role in Spanish conquest, early pueblo battles and sieges, and the hordes of travelers who took to the Mother Road – Route 66 – in the early 20th century in the promise of a better life out west!


The Albuquerque’s Museum of Art and History has exhibits on the city’s origins as a Spanish colonial village, which will give you a whole new, unique perspective on the city. The Albuquerque Museum of Art and History also includes artworks in all traditions, from the works of indigenous peoples to fantastic Spanish colonial art to the cutting-edge modern installations.

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