How lucky we are to have six of the Albuquerque museums within walking distance of the bed and breakfast! Below is a description of them, and you’ll see why you should spend more than just a day or two in Albuquerque. And if these aren’t enough, here’s a list of the 17 museums in the Albuquerque area, and several more museums are opening soon.
The Rattlesnake Museum has the world’s largest collection of living rattlesnake species, from tiny to large. Bob also has an extensive gift shop with perhaps the world’s largest variety of snake memorabilia. Bob is also a rattlesnake expert and provides snakes used in movies filmed around New Mexico.
Albuquerque Museum of Art & History is a continually-evolving display of art, artifacts and photographs depicting the richness of New Mexico culture. Since they change the exhibits frequently, there’s always something new to see. The museum also offers special tours of Casa San Ysidro in Corrales, an Old Town walking tour, and a docent-guided tour of the outdoor sculpture garden. See the website for exhibits, dates, times and admission.
New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science allows you to follow the evolution of New Mexico’s landscape and creatures from dinosaurs through the ice age to the present, see the beginning of the personal computer revolution that included Bill Gates and Paul Allen and the birth of their little company, Micro-soft, in Albuquerque in 1975, and view “Antarctica: The Frozen Frontier.”
Explora! Yes, you can play with the toys! This hands-on science museum is full of interactive exhibits that show how everything works: from light to sound, electricity to film, lightning to rainbows, with engaging exhibits using science, technology and art. Especially fun are quarterly adult nights only for those 18 and over.
While the setting of the Turquoise Museum - a strip center next to Walgreens—may be ordinary, the museum itself is a hidden gem that’s been featured inSmithsonian Magazine and on 60 Minutes. A family-run operation by father and son Joe P. Lowry and Joe Dan Lowry, it possesses "the world's largest collection of turquoise." Unlike diamond mines that still produce billions of dollars’ worth of diamonds each year, the 60 turquoise mines around the world are nearly mined out. The museum entrance is through a tunnel, with turquoise embedded in the walls. Exhibits display the geology and history of turquoise. Maps show the locations of turquoise mines around the world—did you know there are turquoise mines in Egypt and China, as well as in the United States? You can play with the raw ore and see the process of turning it into finished stones. Learn how to ask the right questions when buying turquoise jewelry. Either of the Lowrys can tell you about the turquoise you're wearing. Appraisals of collections of turquoise jewelry can be contracted. Jewelry made in their lapidary is sold in the gift shop.