Sky City Cultural Center & Haak'u Museum

Sky City Cultural Center & Haak'u Museum, Pueblo of Acoma: Hours, Address, Sky City Cultural Center & Haak'u Museum Reviews: 4.5/5

Sky City Cultural Center & Haak'u Museum

Sky City Cultural Center & Haak'u Museum
4.5
Points of Interest & Landmarks • History Museums
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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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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Janet S
Mountain Brook, AL158 contributions
Couples
We had hoped to visit this summer but most Indian pueblos and associated businesses are temporarily closed so check back before you visit. We have visited this several times. Each time finding more improvements. The tour of the pueblo starts at the cultural center that houses a nice museum and cafe. Behind this is a covered shaded area for local tribe members to sell their beautiful crafts. Acoma is well known for their distinctive paooteru with fine-lined geometric designs. They also do beautiful silver jewelry. The prices at the pueblo are much lower than elsewhere and you are buying directly with the artists. The tour to the mesa top to see the pueblo starts there by bus , then an hour long walking tour led by a tribal member. An unforgettable experience.
Written August 22, 2020
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PaleoTex
San Antonio, TX20 contributions
It is an enchanting place to visit. The buildings are old and incredibly well preserved. The residents we talked with were friendly and wanted to tell the story of Acoma. Have always admired the Native American pottery and Acoma is some of the beat. The view from the mesa is awe-inspiring.
It is certainly worth the visit.
Written June 21, 2020
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Questovia
Wells, ME988 contributions
Absolultey loved this center and the tour up toe the Acoma Pueblo. The video gave a good introduction as to what we should expect seeing the Pueblo and then our fantastic guide reinforced all that we saw. He was a native and so proud of his heritage and had a great way of describing and detailing the history. It was the highlight of my New Mexico trip. It was also nice to walk down the trail instead of taking the tour bus. It's rather steep and challenging in spots, but helps to give one an even better understanding of the challenges faced by the original natives.
Written January 31, 2020
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Thank you for sharing your experience while visiting with us here at Acoma Pueblo and the Sky City Cultural Center & Haak’u Museum. We are delighted that this visit was the highlight of your New Mexico trip. Yes, we share so much enriched Native American history and we encourage people to come experience what we have to offer as it is an educational and spiritual visit.
Written February 1, 2020
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Joe_33
Chicago140 contributions
I arrived at the advertised opening time. It was cold with bright sun. The shop wasn't open at the advertised time, and the first tour of the pueblo was slow to start. I asked a local man when it was likely to start. He turned out to be some kind of security guard and he was plainly hostile to me - saying that the tour would happen and that should wait for a while. I asked when that was likely to be - but my repeat question only served to inflame him into further hostility. I asked if there was anything to do before the tour took place. More hostility from the "guard" who told me that everything was off limits, and that I could only use the car park, the shop (still not open) and go on the tour. I asked about a walk into an area near by - the guard was just about controlling his hostility towards me and told me that I was proposing to visit an ancestoral area that was completely off limits. At this I gave up and left. The guard continued to give me hostile looks. So I never toured the pueblo. It looked like a great setting.
Written September 25, 2009
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ValyaR49
Stoney Creek, Canada219 contributions
The pueblo is closed so a tour is the only opportunity to experience this wonderful culture, Geri is a wonderful tour guide and very passionate about her culture
Written May 11, 2014
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ValyaRoberts49, I am glad you got to take the tour and hear of our history from Geri. I appreciate your review, come back and visit us again maybe during one of our feast days.
Written May 15, 2014
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BearHugger
Hillsboro, OR36 contributions
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At $23 per person, this is the most outrageously overpriced activity of our trip. To make it worse, the staff and tour guides were unfriendly, unhelpful, and seemed to have a serious chip on their shoulders. There is nothing you can do there except the guided tour, although the area would seem to be great for hiking - you are not allowed. Museum is most interesting for the building itself.
If we had been free to walk through the village and hike around the area it would have been nice, but with all of the restrictions and rudeness of these people I would definitely avoid it.
Written March 30, 2014
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BearHugger, Thank you for your feedback and if you would please contact me and provide me with specific details as to why you did not have a good experience I would greatly appreciate it. We try our hardest to be welcoming and accommodating with all our visitors. Contact info: friends@skycity.com.
Written April 12, 2014
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Karen J
Chula Vista51 contributions
Couples
This is the second time we have been there. The beauty of the whole experience was ruined with the purchase I made. Last year I bought a beautiful handmade water canteen from one of the families on the vista and wanted to get something else this year. I ended up buying what I thought was a handmade basket in the gift store. When I got home and removed the price tag I noticed it said it was handmade in Pakistan!! I have never been so disappointed. I would take the tour again just never will buy anything there again. You are better off stopping at one of the roadside trading posts if you want to purchase anything. Just be sure to read where it was made.
Written June 5, 2016
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Optimistic_Otto
Columbia, IL549 contributions
Family
we visited "Sky City" based on brochures and guide books. The cost was $20.00 per adult. I asked the woman at the ticket counter if the tour was child friendly, and she said YES. My daughter accompanied my wife and me on this tour, with her 3 year old and her 1 year old.( No charge for children under 5).
The bus was not working so we were transported to the top in relay shifts,using a 9 passenger van. Our Guide, Dakota, was behind schedule because he could not start until everyone was on the mesa. He began with the regulations. Don't photograph this, Don't photograph that, turn off cell phones ( He claimed there was a $50.00 fine for a cell phone ringing ? ) Don't go anywhere without the guide, don't straggle, etc. etc.
5 minutes into the tour we entered the church. Less than a minute later Dakota told my wife and daughter that the children were too noisy. ( to be fair the 3 year old was making a little noise ) Dakota told them they had to wait outside. Outside was 100 degrees and windy with no shade or even any place to sit. After standing outside the church for a quarter hour waiting for the tour group to come out, my family had decided to walk back down to the visitors center. ( about a twenty minute walk )
The remainder of the tour was some ladders ( Don't climb them ), 3 cisterns, 7 or 8 souvenir vendors, some history we had already read at the visitors center, and some nice views from the corners of the mesa. Pickup trucks and private porta-potties (as in don't use them ) were abundant. Many of the buildings were being worked on. The ground was rough rocky to sandy so it was NOT stroller friendly as indicated by the ticket seller.
Bottom line - it cost me $60.00 for my tour and 5 minutes of tour for my wife and daughter. DEFINITELY NOT WORTH IT! My advice, if you are curious about this pueblo, visit the visitors center, watch the video, tour the museum, buy a few postcards, and then leave.
Go to Bandelier or Chaco Canyon or one of the other National Park sites instead.
Written June 29, 2012
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Fred S
Saint Charles, MO3 contributions
Couples
We have traveled extensively throughout the country, and our visit to the Acoma Pueblo was one of our worse deals for the money. The charge was $17.00 per person. For this, we got a five minute ride up the mesa, and a tour of the pueblo. Perhaps the Frommer guide book made it sound like too big a deal. Ony about 40 people live there, and the area is now covered with cars and portapotties. Our guide, Dakota, was very good, but the same history could be seen at the Cultural Center in town, and there are other pueblos in the area you can visit for free. Most of the Acoma people now live in the new town 14 miles away.
Written May 21, 2012
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Colani5
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This place is just totally dissapointing first of we paid 23$ per adult which is way overpriced the tour pretty much started off pretty good but after 20 minutes it turned into a sales tour!! There where about 25 artists trying to sell their artwork on every corner! It was so annoying! I felt like I was more of a marketing tour than historic tour! It was definitely not worth the money so don't waste your money and time!
Written May 27, 2013
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