Founded in 1942 as The June Music Festival, CMA brings the finest, internationally acclaimmed classical musicians to Albuquerque for concerts in an intimate, non-amplified setting. CMA is a registered not-for-profit, 501c(3) organization.
There are numerous sides to every story, and that's certainly the case when it comes to man's mastery of the atom. The National Museum Of Nuclear Science & History chronicles the events before, during, and after the Manhattan Project brought about the atomic bomb and thrust the world into the nuclear age. The museum gives equal weight to both the bad and good, from the tensions of the Cold War to the benefits that nuclear technology has brought to modern medicine.
Visit the native sacred grounds of the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center for a fascinating view of authentic Pueblo life. At the center you will learn more about the culture and traditions of the Pueblo people through their live exhibits and historical artifacts. Head to their museum where you can see the permanent exhibit, Our Land, Our Culture, Our Story which features a brief history on the Pueblo world. You’ll view the story of the 19 Pueblos of New Mexico through a vast collection of material objects and tales. There is also a room dedicated to contemporary art created by 19 Pueblo’s artists. Take in the Pueblo’s culture through your sense of taste and smell by visiting the Harvest Café. Order a meal mixed with traditional favorite like the rich Duck Molé Tostada or savory Chicken Nambe Rellen for lunch. For dessert, order a yummy homemade Pueblo pie.
This museum is packed full of amazingly interesting relics and exhibits detailing the past including dinosaur bones, a tour through a volcano and an elevator ride through time known as the Evolator. With all of the geological riches throughout the state, there’s plenty to see regarding the development of the New Mexican landscape and ecosystems. The kids will enjoy the animatronic Tyrannosaurus rex that greets you with a roar as you enter the exhibits. Don’t forget about the planetarium and IMAX Theater, which provide a great way to learn about even more cool things from the past. Whether you live in Albuquerque or are just passing through, this museum is worth stopping by.
Roger Alink has never owned a television. As a kid, he was too busy with the pigs and cattle that roamed his 160-acre home, and this love of animals and the outdoors only grew over time. In the early '90s, Alink decided to share this love with others, so he and a team of volunteers spent 30,000 hours establishing Wildlife West Nature Park.
In addition to the wild creatures, migratory birds, and GPS-lacking manatees who settle at the park, representatives of the region's indigenous animals and plants live and grow on its 122 scenic acres, much of which hasn’t been altered since the park's inception. Elsewhere, 30 wildlife exhibits mimic the natural habitats of the black bears, wolverines, deer, pronghorn antelopes, and birds of prey that inhabit them. Two miles of trail connect each habitat, and each enclosure is specially designed for the particular needs of its residents. The same custom care goes into feeding the animals: to keep the beasts psychologically spry, staff members provide challenges that echo the animals' instinctual eating habits, placing meals up in treetops, burying snacks that need to be sniffed out, and arranging candlelit dinners for mountain lions who forgot their wives’ birthdays.
Sustainable practices such as recycling, organic farming, and water harvesting turn the park into an educational example of eco-friendliness. Facilities such as the amphitheater and the heated, enclosed Bean Barn also welcome special events ranging from music festivals and bird-handling workshops to the kite-spangled Wind Festival and the ursine Bear Fair.
With more than 13,000 square feet of automotive artifacts and hands-on exhibits, Unser Racing Museum is dedicated to demystifying America's racing history. The museum focuses on the eponymous Unser family: four generations of racers who have collectively won the Indianapolis 500 nine times. Using this clan of drivers as the jumping-off point, the facility explores industry hallmarks from the first races at Pikes Peak and Indianapolis to the unveiling of modern racing technology. A newly completed annex features a showroom brimming with restored antique cars, including notable pace cars and racecars. The trophy room, meanwhile, houses thousands of pieces of vintage racing memorabilia, uniforms, and awards. Not all of the museum's exhibits are static, however: interactive video kiosks dispense trivia at the touch of a button, and a racing simulator lets visitors grasp the wheel of a replica car and chug a gallon of simulated milk.