Indian Pueblo Cultural Center

Indian Pueblo Cultural Center

Indian Pueblo Cultural Center
4.5
Speciality MuseumsNatural History MuseumsHistory Museums
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
IPCC was founded in 1976 and is jointly owned and operated by the 19 Pueblos of New Mexico. Located in the historic Albuquerque Indian School District just minutes from Downtown and Old Town Albuquerque, the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center is a world-class museum and cultural center created to be a place where we, Pueblo people, can tell our story. The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center is the only place in North America to host traditional Native American dances every weekend year round and also offers an exciting schedule of cultural and community activities, including rotating museum exhibits, events with Native American artists, hands-on children’s programs & art festivals. Visitors can also experience the award-winning Native Sourced, Pueblo Inspired cuisine of Pueblo Harvest and shop at the Indian Pueblo Store, a trusted destination for authentic handcrafted Native American art.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • Roger L
    Cape Coral, Florida32 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Learning the Indian Pueblo Culture
    Learn and appreciate the life, hardships, skills and beauty of these wonderful people! Treat yourself to hand-crafted jewelry, pottery, baskets and more. Have a conversation with the artists about their products and learn the cultural love that goes into each piece. Lunch in the Pueblo Kitchen is not to be missed!
    Visited June 2023
    Written July 1, 2023
  • roadrunner
    Paris, Tennessee68 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must see in the Alburquerque area. Glad I went.
    This was an amazing museum with so much history. The children enjoyed several videos. I was able to get on a tour and the lady did a respectable job answering questions and was informative. The gift shop was nice too.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written July 9, 2023
  • Lacey C
    Granbury, Texas881 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful experience!
    Wonderful facility and exhibits. We went on the weekend so that we could enjoy Pueblo dancing in the courtyard. A young group of dancers did a phenomenal job! We loved learning more in such a beautiful way. Don’t miss the restaurant! Great food, generous portions with a Pueblo flair.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 17, 2023
  • GastroEclectico
    Phoenix, Arizona874 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An Honor and privilege to Experience!
    Astounding and awe inspiring are too simple of words to describe one of the cultures who predated our ancestor’s arrival to North America from every part of this Blue Marble we now call home. The Pueblo peoples with core values and beliefs that continue to this day. Here at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center one can come to understand how the 14 Nations, each a sovereign nation of its own of the Pueblo have come to be, survived millennia and continue to exist in the modern world. This fantastic museum houses examples and exhibits that allow the world to learn who and what they are. From ancient paintings, pottery and ceremonies to new artwork, love and respect for Mother Earth, murals to handiwork and crafts we learn in depth of this exceptional and amazing culture. Kudos to the creativeness, wisdom and bravado of a culture that lives on. This is an amazing experience to enjoy, learn from and appreciate – and venerate. We are honored and privileged to have had the opportunity to experience it.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 23, 2023
  • Mike B
    Mentor, Ohio5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Learn the History of the Pueblo Culture
    Wonderful display of the history of the Pueblo people and culture. All 19 Pueblos of New Mexico are celebrated in their museum with historical artifacts, murals, and other Native art. indian Pueblo kitchen has wonderful food for dining. Make sure you plan to see the one of their cultural dances.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written October 16, 2023
  • Rachelle C
    39 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Live Dance Group Very Fun to Watch
    My husband and I visited on a Sunday at the tail end of the Albuquerque Balloon Festival. The day we attended was very busy - two buses pulled up at the same time we did. But it was still very enjoyable. We weren't able to eat at the restaurant because the wait time was an hour. But the museum was very interesting and the live dancing (the day we were there they had a dance group from the Zuni tribe) was very enjoyable to watch.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 19, 2023
  • Travel83818
    32 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Definitely worth a visit when in Albuquerque
    We lucked out at the Pueblo museum. Arthur George was our docent- he has a wealth of information and presents it with passion. We took two different tours with him for a total of 3 hours and they flew by. Also, the food at the restaurant museum was delicious, with many items suitable for vegetarians. The wait staff was efficient and extremely pleasant. Definitely worth a visit to both the museum and the restaurant when visiting Albuquerque.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 14, 2024
  • RIkiS_11
    Fairbanks, Alaska149 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Really delicious food
    We didn't have a reservation, but we waited 30 minutes for a table because it's hard to find food this good when you're traveling on the interstate. We weren't disappointed. The portions are large (the fry bread is the size of a plate), the food is great and the service is quick. Try the Pueblo French dip! The dipping au jus is out of this world.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written March 10, 2024
  • Eva
    Bothell, Washington748 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    History in a one stop shop
    Was invited to speak at a conference that was hosted here. It’s a lovely venue and the service during the conference was great. We had some technical audio difficulties in one talk and they were promptly there to offer a fix. Food was ok but that’s not on them. Make sure to check out the exhibits and take time to walk the venue and appreciate the history. Look forward to coming back to future conferences here. Lovely place for a conference with added history.
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled on business
    Written May 22, 2024
  • Kathrine
    Pennsylvania583 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worthwhile stop in Albuquerque
    A worthwhile visit to understand the Pueblo culture. Museum is organized quite nicely with many artifacts and descriptions. We spent about 3 hours with the exhibits. Late lunch in the adjoining cafe was nice and food was very good. Yes, do plan to stop here.
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 1, 2024
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rikrax
Overland Park, KS54 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
The cultural center is beautiful, and there are displays all over the museum that tell the history of the tribe. There was a gallery with profiles on prominent women from the tribe.

I really enjoyed the restaurant and the gift shop. The items in the gift shop seemed to be high quality and authentic. I purchased some small earrings and the price was rather high, but I was confident that they truly were made by a native American craftsperson. There are some kitchy souvenirs and some of the usual souvenirs like T-shirts and toys for the kids but they also have higher end art pieces and a vast selection of jewelry.

We had lunch in the restaurant and I was pleased with the selections on the menu. We're vegetarian and we had several choices. I enjoyed the blue corn onion rings as something a little different. The menu is inspired by native American cuisine and ingredients, so there are items typical for a restaurant and several unusual dishes. I suppose most families will find something they like.

The reason I gave it a 3-star review was that we started to participate on a tour and I didn't really like the tour. The group was too big, and I couldn't get around to see the displays while the guide was talking about them. I also found the tour guide to be long-winded and repetitive. His narration didn't spark curiosity or add engaging stories. So, we left the tour and went around on our own.
Written January 3, 2020
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SoCalGal92673
San Clemente, CA13 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Solo
I thought this museum could have done a better job right at the start, explaining the concepts of the Pueblos in a more compelling way. I would have loved a history video (15 min or so) right at the start that helped me understand what comes next in the museum. Other museums, The Getty and locally, The Georgia O’Keefe museum, do this well.

Most of the experience here consists of walking through the museum and reading information on the walls and looking at some exhibits.

For kids there are some interactive exhibits that might be fun.

The history of Native American peoples is tragic. This museum did explain some of that, but for example, the history of the Indian Schools was only a small corner. Perhaps easily missed.

The lack of natural light in the museum perhaps added to my less than enthusiastic experience.

For those interested in a more in depth look at native peoples I highly recommend the book “Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher”, a story of Edwin Curtis and his efforts to photograph native peoples before they died out.
Written March 5, 2020
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kunfushuss
Pennsylvania466 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Family
Good but I didn't end up spending as long as I expected given the overwhelmingly positive reviews. There are a couple of interesting exhibits, good historical context, and good information about the culture and people. It was a little dry though, very much like a museum. I'd still recommend it if you're looking to kill time and learn something about native people
Written June 9, 2021
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David G
Santa Clarita, CA523 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021
We were lucky to arrive just in time to join a guided tour of the museum. Our "Cultural Educator" was Jon Ghahate and he was excellent. He has passion and enthusiasm for sharing the history of his people in the southwest. He gave a great amount of detail during his talk and I was enthralled. I love history and he provided many bits of southwest history that I had never heard about. I had a bunch of followup questions after the tour was over and Jon spent a half hour enthusiastically answering my questions and finding a book for me about an expedition from a shipwreck in Florida all the way to Mexico City then up to New Mexico 80 years BEFORE the pilgrims landed on Plymouth Rock!! Don't miss the Pueblo Kitchen for lunch!
Written October 10, 2021
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Scott O
Vero Beach, FL69 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
First, the Museum is beautiful. It is well organized, comprehensive and full of interest-holding exhibits. I grew up in Albuquerque learned many things I did not know. When we entered we met Jon Ghahate, the Museum's Cultural Educator. This highly skilled educator gave us an overview and history of the Pueblo Culture that was astonishing in its completeness and clarity. Jon is an educator, par excellence! Our time in this museum was not only and educational experience, but also, in addition was a spiritual experience. I hope you are able to see it and particularly meet Jon.
Written March 21, 2020
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OBIDOCRL
Chattanooga, TN233 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
Stopped here while in Albuquerque as I am very interested in Native American history and cultures. This museum highlights the Pueblo peoples of New Mexico and their talented artists. It contains primarily more modern art pieces from artisans who made these within the last few decades. It does contain a few ancient items and some items from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, but not many. I am more of a historian and enjoy older artistic pieces so I was a bit disappointed that they did not have that many items that were older. The art that is displayed is incredible though and the museum is well maintained.
Also, they have a wonderful cafe on site that is very popular. We noticed many of the locals eat here.
Written March 5, 2020
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Kkoleary
Scottsdale, AZ778 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
Small museum that allows you to walk through at your own pace. We spent about 45 minutes and that was enough to read everything. I found it was simple but well done. On weekends they have dancing from one of the neighboring pueblos.
Written January 19, 2020
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Cindy Browning
North Little Rock, AR3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019
A place where you can be educated in American Indian History and culture and shop till you drop. Good selection in NA music, every thing from flutes to drums. Some of the artist are usually around and will gladly talk about their artworks for sale there.
Written April 14, 2020
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Beverly W
Lakeland, FL30 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
This is a beautiful and authentic picture of the life of the Pueblo Indians. We arrived near closing time, however they let us in and let us stay a little longer. The director was going around and seeing to locking down for the night. He was so nice and took time out of preparing to shut down to give us a little tour and history of the museum. This museum is run by the Pueblo Indians
Written March 15, 2020
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JADE B
Pine Hill, NJ9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Couples
On Easter Sunday we enjoyed the traditional dancing and the museum after breakfast in the adjoining fantastic Indian Kitchen restaurant. The tour guide (who also was MC for the dancers) was wonderful and uber - knowledgeable asking if there were questions and taking the time to answer them. There were vendors with traditional wares in the courtyard along with a cool gift shop. I'll definitely go again.
Written April 17, 2022
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