Albuquerque, usually overshadowed by nearby Santa Fe, asserts its individuality with the AMAH. It’s probably no surprise, then, that the AMAH is chiefly concerned with regional art. The museum’s holdings include a major selection of works by the Taos Society of Artists, along with works by the Cinco Pintores and the Transcendental Painting Group, all of whom are closely associated with the Albuquerque area.
Housed in a wide, modern building just across the street from the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, the AMAH has five galleries, two atria, an auditorium and an amphitheater – and, outside, a sculpture garden. The museum offers walking tours of historic Old Town Albuquerque as well as docent-guided gallery tours; during summer, the docents will guide you through the sculpture garden, too. Also in the summer, AMAH hosts a concert series, “Jazz and Blues under the Stars”, out in the amphitheater. (JM)
The Albuquerque Museum of Art and History Information
- Public Transportation: Good (a 5-minute walk from buses 36, 66, 766, and 790 at Rio Grande Blvd./Central Avenue)
- Handicapped Accessibility: Good
- Hours: Tuesday–Sunday 9 a.m.–5 p.m.; closed Mondays and major holidays
- Admission: $4 ($3 for adult New Mexico residents with valid ID); $2 seniors (65+); $1 children (4–12); and free for children (3 and under), Albuquerque Museum members, and ICOM, AAM & NMAM members
- Free Days: Every Sunday from 9 a.m.–1 p.m. and all day on the first Wednesday of every month
- Tour: Free docent-led tours of select gallery exhibitions are offered Tuesday–Sunday at 2 p.m. No reservation necessary. 1-hour group tours are also offered (must pre-arrange). Each group tour is designed specifically for the interests and age level of the group requesting the tour
- Membership: Individual membership starts at $50 (Senior $40, Senior Couple/Dual $45, Family/Dual $60). Benefits include free admission to The Albuquerque Museum and Casa San Ysidro; a 10% discount in The Gallery Store; invitations to member preview openings; discounts on museum programs and classes, and summer jazz and salsa concerts in the amphitheater; seasonal newsletters and calendar of events; an invitation to the Foundation annual meeting; and more. ArtEdge Memberships are special memberships for people ages 25–49 ($75). Benefits include invitations to attend lectures on art, art collecting, and New Mexico history; invitations to tour studios of up-and-coming artists; exclusive after-hours museum events; major exhibition ‘sneak peeks’; and a Members-only ArtEdge Bash.