Indian Pueblo Cultural Center

Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, Albuquerque: Hours, Address, Indian Pueblo Cultural Center Reviews: 4.5/5

Indian Pueblo Cultural Center

Indian Pueblo Cultural Center
4.5
Speciality Museums • Natural History Museums • History Museums
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9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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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.
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Stephanie M
Sacramento, California193 contributions
Our group visited here in early June and had a blast. We spent over an hour just looking at the skateboard deck art. We then meandered through the whole museum and learned a lot! The gift shop had something in all price ranges, and we enjoyed looking at the jewelry, t-shirts, and other art. We treated the kids to fry bread after touring the museum and took some Pueblo pies back to the hotel for later.
Written June 24, 2022
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JADE B
Pine Hill, NJ9 contributions
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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David G
Santa Clarita, CA515 contributions
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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rikrax
Overland Park, KS57 contributions
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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kunfushuss
Pennsylvania371 contributions
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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SoCalGal92673
San Clemente, CA14 contributions
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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KG_TXtraveler
Houston, TX492 contributions
Family
This was a great add to our trip in order to learn about the culture of the area. The museum has an interactive, permanent exhibit that walks through Pueblo culture past and present. We saw some of the dance groups on The weekend and it really rounded out our visit with the discussion of each dance and then watching the dancers in the courtyard. A really great way to learn about the people and culture of New Mexico.
Written October 16, 2021
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SuzyQu15
Brooklyn, NY1,454 contributions
Since Albuquerque was our first stop in New Mexico, visiting this center was a great introduction and way to learn about the Native American culture and Pueblo life. Interesting museum with art and objects with accompanying explanations. The courtyard was surrounded by vendors selling Native American products including jewelry, clothing and baked goods. There were dances performed there the day we visited. Also on site is the Indian Pueblo Kitchen restaurant where you can try a variety of Native American cooking. Highly recommend!
Written October 23, 2021
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Tom W
12 contributions
The museum is owned by Pueblo members, so the focus is on educating people about their culture and traditions. I bought some nice artwork (and had great conversations) with some of the artisans in the courtyard. I arrive too late to try the restaurant, which I believe closed at 2 PM, but I heard was great. I'd have given five stars if it was a little bigger or had a guide who could answer questions.
Written September 29, 2021
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christinern
Vancouver, Canada278 contributions
A very detailed look into Puebloan life, a must to learn while in New Mexico. There are various artifacts, movies, displays, guides, and artwork to tell the history and story of the people. The weekends feature local dancers, which on Easter Sunday were very generous in giving gifts (snacks) out to the audience. Very thoughtful and definitely appreciated. There is a delicious restaurant and decent gift shop. Take a couple hours to learn about local culture and history.
Written April 17, 2022
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