What to do and see in Albuquerque, New Mexico (NM): The Best Science Museums

November 30, 2021 Rebbecca Marino

Whether you're into history, culture, outdoor adventures or just in need of some new and unique scenery, Albuquerque offers exciting attractions for all ages and interests, anytime of the year. In the historic section of Old Town, ancient Indian and Spanish cultures come to life through old churches, quaint shops and piazzas, winding brick paths and adobe benches. Browsers can spend a whole day making their way through the more than 100 stores, boutiques and galleries that sell Southwestern goods as well as unique products from around the world. During the winter holiday season, Old Town is adorned with small lit candles and thousands come to stroll through the streets, listen to live music and celebrate. It is truly a sight to see. But the history doesn't stop there. The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center and the Petroglyph National Monument offer a glimpse of old Indian customs and art. Families will find plenty to do at the Albuquerque Biological Park, which features a zoo, aquarium and botanic garden. Outdoor types will find ample opportunities for hiking, biking and golf. After working up an appetite, head to any number of fine restaurants that serve up a choice of hot or even hotter New Mexican cuisine. To top it all off, take a ride on the Sandia Peak Aerial Tramway for spectacular views of all this vibrant city has to offer.
Restaurants in Albuquerque

1. Explora Science Center and Children's Museum of Albuquerque

1701 Mountain Rd NW, Albuquerque, NM 87104-1396 +1 505-224-8300 explora[email protected] http://www.explora.us/en
Excellent
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5.0 based on 810 reviews

Explora Science Center and Children's Museum of Albuquerque

(Holiday hours are at end of description). Explora is an innovative learning place, part science center, part children's museum, providing fun, truly hands-on activities in science, technology, engineering, art, and math for all ages, from toddlers to teens to adults. We have an early childhood learning area, including a special area for toddlers to explore. Children and adults enjoy not only our two main floors of exhibit activities, but outdoor decks with views, giant building blocks, playground patio, and gift shop filled with entertaining and educational items great for at-home or travel fun. We offer preschool, after-school, home school, and early childhood classes; winter, spring, and summer camps; teen & adult events. Near historic Old Town Albuquerque, Explora has free parking and is perfectly situated to walk to nearby park, shops, restaurants. We close Jan. 1, July 4, the week after labor day, Thanksgiving, & Dec. 25. We close at 2pm Dec. 24 & 31. Admission range $6-$10.

Reviewed By Allansha - New York City, United States

This is perhaps the best children’s museum I have ever seen. With special classes, activities to enthrall children and adults it is just a blessing for those who come. Parties and special events are held here and it has been expanded many times. Come and bring your children , grandchildren and yourself to appreciate ie

2. The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History

601 Eubank Blvd SE, Albuquerque, NM 87123-3378 +1 505-245-2137 [email protected] http://www.nuclearmuseum.org/
Excellent
64%
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4.5 based on 1,237 reviews

The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History

The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History is the New Mexico’s only congressionally chartered museum in its field and a Smithsonian affiliate. Visitors can explore how nuclear science continues to influence our world. The museum strives to present, through permanent and changing exhibits and displays, the diverse applications of nuclear energy in the past, present and future along with the stories of the field’s pioneers. Originally known as the National Atomic Museum, it was established in 1969 as an intriguing place to learn the story of the Atomic Age, from early research of nuclear development through today’s peaceful uses of nuclear technology.

Reviewed By RetiredTravelerTN - Nashville, United States

The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History has much to offer with good displays of science and history in areas devoted to various topics such as B-52s, Los Alamos, the cold war, nuclear medicine, and energy. Outside, planes and missiles are displayed. We appreciated the volunteer who offered to take our photo in front of one of the planes. Multiple videos are shown in the museum theater. Visitors to this museum may spend one to three hours depending on level of interest and personal schedule. Veteran, senior, and active military discounts are available.

3. Meteorite Museum

200 Yale Blvd SE Northrup Hall at UNM, Albuquerque, NM 87106-4014 +1 505-277-2724 http://meteorite.unm.edu/meteorites/meteorite-museum/
Excellent
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3.5 based on 3 reviews

Meteorite Museum

4. Silver Family Geology Museum

221 Yale Blvd NE, Northrop Hall, Building 24 Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM +1 505-277-4204 [email protected] http://epswww.unm.edu/museum.htm
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2.5 based on 2 reviews

5. ASRT Museum & Archives

15000 Central Ave SE, Albuquerque, NM 87123-3909 http://www.asrt.org/main/about-asrt/museum-and-archives

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