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Review of Sky City Cultural Center & Haak'u Museum

Sky City Cultural Center & Haak'u Museum
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 8, 2011

We went to Acoma during their feast day. It was our third trip to the Acoma, and our first at the feast day. We love this beautiful place. The people are very friendly, and there are vendors selling their beautiful pottery. For me, it is worth it to drive down from the highway and see it. The mission church is beautiful. The tours are great. It is interesting to see the pueblo style buildings. Since we went on feast day, we were able to see the dances. There are no tours on feast day and you can not take any pictures.

Visited September 2011
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palm springs, ca
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“Step Back in Time”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 1, 2011

The Acoma Pueblo named "Sky City" just west of Albuquerque is a real step back in time. It is a pueblo built on top of a mesa that goes back hundreds of years. There is no water, electricity or other modern conveniences on top, but there are still families and artists in residence that have their amazing pottery unique to the Acoma traditions on tables as you tour. Down below the mesa, a newly erected magnificent visitor center with a museum is architecturally gorgeous and has a restaurant, rest rooms, etc. A shuttle bus takes visitors up to the mesa. On the mesa is also a church built by the indians when the missionaries arrived. Impressive. Buy some pottery, it seems to increase in value. I added to my collection. Make sure it is signed and hand "coil-wound" and not ceramic. They offer both at quite different prices

Visited August 2011
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Weston, FL
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“Interesting First Experience but a bit of a tourist trap”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2011

First visit to a Pueblo and the fact that it was on an isolated mesa made it very appealing. The visitor center was very nice. Yiu have to be shuttled up but can walk the steps back. If you are in the least bit of physical shape do it. It is worth the trip down and kids who may get bored will have fun navigating the stone steps. The tour guide was a young man and he was very knowledgable and pleasant. What detracted was that at ever point where he would stop there was another table of goods for sale. Interesting the first 10 stops but then it got old. No one was pushy it just detracted from the history and the stories.
After the tour we ate at the Y'aaka Cafe in the visitor center. It took almost an hour to get our very basic food (taco's and soup) and it was just ok and not worth an hour plus of our time.
Overall it was a great history and introduction to Pueblo life and the others we visited didn't address in the type of detail that this one did so if you can go here first.

Visited July 2011
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Temecula, California
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“Far from the norm pueblo tour”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 30, 2011

Acoma Pueblo was far more interesting than I thought it would be. The pueblo is situated on a rockmass/mesa 370 feet above the desert (great views) and has been continuously occupied since 1150 A.D. No one there was condescending to us as tourists and seemed genuinely happy that we came to learn about their history and take the pueblo tour. I don't recommend going in the summer though as it was VERY hot and not much shade. Available for purchase in the pueblo itself is authentic jewelry and pottery, plus bottled water and fresh pastries. Bring cash or traveler's checks though if you want to buy direct from the inhabitants on the mesa. The admission price for the tour was very reasonable and they do have a senior discount. The tour is close to 2 hours.

Visited June 2011
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Virginia USA
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49 attraction reviews
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“A Peek into the Past”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 24, 2011

My wife and I visited the Acoma Pubelo village of Sky City while on vacation in NM. Having read many of the reviews, I was a little apprehensive about going there. We found the tour and the tour guide to be excellent. Aware that the City had been "modernized" in some way, i.e., the people living there had upgraded their homes by adding doors and windows, we were neverheless fascinated by the place and very pleased with our tour guide. The infornation that he provided about his people was great and his explanation of the restrictions imposed by Pubelo culture on us, their guests, enhanced rather than lessened our experience. It was very easy standing atop that high mesa to envision the lives of those that had been there for centuries - a true peek into the past.

Visited May 2011
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