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by two cruisers
April 5, 2012
From journal All Around Albuquerque
October 22, 2009
Los Angeles, California
July 2, 2007
I was surprised to find such a comprehensive museum in such a small city. Although the museum didn’t boast large named artists in their collection that you would find at the MET or the Museum of Modern Art, they focused more on the history of their city and state. Entrance to the museum was rather inexpensive, around $5, which included parking.
The museum has the largest collection of Spanish colonial artifacts in the US. There most interesting collection, which set this museum apart from others, tells four hundred years of Albuquerque history. The exhibit includes maps, religious artifacts, armor and weapons, woven fabrics, and day-to-day utensils that people used in colonial life. The exhibit is set up to tell the story of New Mexico and how it evolved into the state that we know today. There is also a section devoted to art in New Mexico from the late 1900s to today.
Being such a map freak this was by far my favorite part of the exhibits. They possess maps dating back to the 15 century. Each map shows how not only New Mexico evolved, but how the shape of the US changed as well. The most interesting map, in my opinion, was the one that portrayed California as an island.
On grounds is also a sculpture garden that boasts around 40 pieces of work. The most elaborate being the sculpture outside features life sized figures of buffalo pulling a wagon, cowboys wrangling their cattle, colonial women and children walking and Spanish explorers. This sculpture alone is worth a stroll past the museum.Besides the permanent collection there are several rotating exhibits. While I was there they had photography from the local high schools on display and entire African collection on loan from a museum in New Orleans, until they could rebuild.
The museum also offers several performances throughout the month. For more information check out their website to www.albuquerquemuseum.com.
From journal Finding Peace in Albuquerque
June 21, 2006
Located adjacent to the Old Town District of Albuquerque this city owned museum is combination of fine art and local history with a special gallery for hosting traveling shows. The front patio has several impressive sculptures in a variety of styles. At the time we visited the Albuquerque Museum was hosting a special exhibit "Resonance from the Past...African Sculpture from the New Orleans Museum of Art". The Gallery Common Ground includes paintings of people and places in New Mexico. Some of the painting here were particularly striking. One small gallery had bizarre collages combining old family photos and attic objects. It was titled "Migrating Feast". I couldn’t decide whether the artists (yes a duo) liked their families or were trying to criticize them. The most boring exhibit award goes to Focus on Youth, a collection of PhotoShopped photos done by local youth. It was an exhibit only a mother could love. Perhaps cutting it down to 10 really good ones would be better.The history part of the museum was in the section Four Centuries. It started with dioramas of the indigenous people. Next was an exhaustive study of weapons and armor worn by the conquistadors. We moved on to the infant town of Albuquerque. The last part was the rise and fall of Route 66. All the displays were chuck full of information.A small café offers a lunch menu or a beverage break before visiting The Gallery Store. This shop is a jewel with plenty of choices for kids and adults.Admission to the museum is $4 Adults, $2 Seniors 65+, and $1 children 4 to 12.
From journal Road Trip to Las Vegas and Beyond