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“A "MUST SEE" during your New Mexico vacation!” 5 of 5 stars
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Sky City Cultural Center
Pueblo of Acoma, NM
800-747-0181
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Owner description: The Sky City Cultural Center and Haak’u Museum, rich in cultural architecture, serves as the reception center and museum for visitors to the Pueblo of Acoma, as well as a research and community use facility for tribal members. The primary 40,000 square foot Cultural Center is a two story structure with a basement and central courtyard/plaza area. The Cultural Center was designed to represent and recreate the ancestral architectural styles of the Acoma people – which include natural stacked stone and natural mud plastered adobe – while showcasing Acoma Pueblo architecture both past and present. This world class facility is dedicated to the preservation of Acoma history, traditional pottery and other art forms, the repatriation of objects of cultural patrimony and the development of both educational and interpretive programs.
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“A "MUST SEE" during your New Mexico vacation!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

This incredible Pueblo is one of the oldest civilizations in the U.S. The cultural center is beautiful, the restaurant has nice affordable meals and the staff is wonderful! Our family of four (2 Adults, 2 teenage girls) took the guided tour and learned so much important history! Our guide, "Sparkles", is so knowledgeable and passionate about her heritage. It was very apparent in her dialogue! Is there a fee for this? Yes! There is a fee for the 1.5 hour tour, but it was so worth it! Please remember that when you visit you need to wear modest clothing. The people who have dwelled here for centuries are very spiritual and it is stressed that you must dress conservatively. If you or anyone in your party is not wearing shorts that are as long as the end of your fingertips, you will not be permitted on the Mesa. They do sell scarves if you happen to arrive dressed for "the beach". Bring a hat, wear sunscreen and you will have a wonderful adventure! The natives sell their beautiful creations along the way!

Visited July 2014
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SkyCity_C_C, Director at Sky City Cultural Center, responded to this review, August 4, 2014
worldwidetravelgirl, I am glad to hear your tour with "Sparkles" was a great one! Thank you for your recommendation on dress, we have our dress code in place out of respect for our traditional/spiritual leaders who reside on the mesa. Thank you for mentioning our pueblo as a "MUST SEE" in the Land of Enchantment! We hope to welcome you again in the near future.
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Mesa, Arizona
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“A trip back into time.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

This place, and the tour of the pueblo itself, are a great learning experience. I would love to be able to go back sometime for the St. Steven's Festival. Great for families with kids old enough to take in the culture and history.

Visited August 2013
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SkyCity_C_C, Director at Sky City Cultural Center, responded to this review, August 4, 2014
Linda M, Thank you for your review and I'm glad to hear you had a good experience while visiting our pueblo! We certainly look forward to seeing you here for our feast day where you will get a deeper experience of pueblo life!
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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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“Must see!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

Wonderful! This is a must see! It's educational. It's beautiful. It's hot. But, who cares? The people that live in this ancient place are great people. Please! Please! Please! Make plans to go there!

Visited July 2014
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SkyCity_C_C, Director at Sky City Cultural Center, responded to this review, August 4, 2014
Crystal L, Thank you for your review and for your recommendation to come visit "Sky City"! It is a great place to learn a part of the history of New Mexico that may not be in the history books. Thank you for visiting and we hope to welcome you again in the near future!
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“Go ahead and get off the interstate-it's worth it!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

We enjoyed a wonderful tour of this very special place, courtesy of Brandon, who also is one of the few who has a home on top of the mesa. It's a beautiful drive south from I-40 to get to the cultural center and if you get there a bit before the tour starts, you can enjoy lunch or a snack at the lovely cafe...very good food! Our tour lasted almost 2 hours. It was quite warm on the mesa, but you can stand or sit in a bit of shade while stopping to listen to your guide. The art that the vendors sell is varied and the people gracious and friendly.You can purchase pottery and other items ranging from $10-hundreds...everything is unique. You are allowed to walk back down from the top of the mesa to the cultural center, which is a nice way to add a bit to the experience.

Visited July 2014
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SkyCity_C_C, Director at Sky City Cultural Center, responded to this review, August 4, 2014
Nicola S, I am glad to hear of your good experience while visiting our pueblo! It is truly a special place and our tour guides are good at sharing our history. If you exit at Exit 102 it is a very scenic drive to our pueblo. Glad you enjoyed the food in our Yaak'a Cafe (Corn Cafe) and we hope to see you back in the near future!
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Nashville, Tennessee
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“Do not miss this!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

If you can only see one pueblo in the Albuquerque area, this is the one. I have visited twice and would love to visit again. Our guided tour of this Acoma village high on a mesa was led by "Sparkles," whose family still lives here and practices the Native American traditional religion. She recounted both humorous and heartbreaking stories of the people who have lived there over the centuries. There are opportunities to meet the resident artisans who make both contemporary and traditional Acoma pottery, to learn how they make it, and even to buy their pottery if you want. It is an amazing view into the past and a beautiful way of life that has continued to this day. The museum exhibits are also a great insight into the culture, and lunch at the cafe is wonderful!

Visited July 2014
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SkyCity_C_C, Director at Sky City Cultural Center, responded to this review, August 4, 2014
Libby M, I am glad to hear you came back and visited again and we certainly look forward to welcoming you back again in the near future! It is good to hear that "Sparkles" provided an informative tour and that you got to meet and talk with serveral of the artisans. We believe "Sky City" is the place to come to fully experience the pueblo life and learn of pueblo history.
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