Albuquerque, New Mexico had many different things to keep us occupied during our trip there and we loved exploring the museums that taught us more about the history of Albuquerque and what life in ABQ was like.
This museum about all things hot air balloon was one of the highlights of our trip. When we first walked in and saw the exhibits, I expected to spend less than an hour checking out the museum before heading to our next destination, the Sandia Peak. The kids were anxious to get to the tram so I was surprised when we spent over two hours playing with the interactive exhibits and reading more about hot air ballooning.
When I heard about the rattlesnake museum, I was hoping to keep it off of our itinerary (EEK!) but my children did not agree with me. This small museum is located in Old Town Albuquerque and makes for a nice stop in between shopping and exploring places that your kids might not be interested in. We only spent about thirty minutes looking at the exhibits but both of my kids really enjoyed our visit. We learned more about rattlesnakes and took away some information that might help us if we ever run into one on the trails.
The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center works to preserve and teach people about the Pueblo culture. If you are planning a visit, you will want to plan around the schedule of events. Unfortunately, our timing wasn’t great and we weren’t there during any of the presentations. I was told by several people that the Native American dancing should not be missed. We were able to explore some handmade items and the exhibits.
Explora! is a hands on children’s museum. When our children were a little younger, we used children’s museums as a sort of bribe to get through the things that mom and dad wanted to do. Shameful, I know, but it works! This museum has lots of hands on exhibits that will teach your children more about science, math and more.
If you have a dino lover in the house, this museum might be worth a stop. Go back in time and learn more about dinosaurs, the state of New Mexico, the night sky and more. What I love about this museum is that it fits nicely in the vacation budget. Adult tickets are $7 and children’s tickets are only $4 (at the time of this posting).
*Thank you to Visit Albuquerque for helping to facilitate our trip. Some of our expenses were covered but the majority of them were paid for ourselves. All opinions are mine and mine along.