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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.
Reviewed January 23, 2013 via mobile

One of the most interesting sites that ive seen anywhere. Once in a lifetime experience that shouldnt be missed. The pueblo people are so welcoming and open to sharing their culture.

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Reviewed January 23, 2013

I love visiting the Acoma Pueblo "Sky City" - any time of year! The welcome center/visitor center area has changed significantly over the years and the price has gone up accordingly, but there is nothing quite like visiting the actual pueblo on the mesa. Guided by knowledgable natives, each tour is different - different stories, different experiences, always pride in their pueblo, their people and their traditions and beliefs. This is our #1 spot to take visitors that come to town.

Here are a few things to know: This is a pueblo and as such has their own rules. PLEASE be respectful - OBSERVE the rules, especially about cameras. You might also want to call the pueblo ahead of driving out to it. We've been turned away more than once only to drive out the next day because the pueblo was closed to outside visitors (funerals, tribal meetings, etc). Take your time as you can. Soak it in. There is truly nothing else that gives me the same feeling as I experience when visiting this pueblo. If you have the opportunity (and you are usually given the chance) if you are physically able to walk back to the visitor center by taking the old path off the mesa, DO IT. If you are not physically able or don't want to, the bus will return you to the center below.

Food and pottery are usually available for purchase, both made by pueblo artisans. It is available in the marketplace down by the visitor center and also (often) outside homes on the mesa. Please be respectful of your other tour members and don't hold up the whole group to buy something. There are lots of opportunities and the tour guide WILL return with you AFTER the tour to the spots you want to go back to shop on the mesa.

1  Thank sunflowermary
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Reviewed January 17, 2013

We were tired. Having just flown in from Atlanta after a very busy Christmas, but eager to spend time with loved ones and experience a new state, New Mexico.

After loading up on, what would begin a culinary journey, of green chile's and eggs, we headed out for the day. My vote was to see the Pueblo of Acoma. We had already been traveling, what were a few more hours?

After arriving and securing our tickets and rights to photograph on top of the mesa, we loaded into a bus and made our way to the top. We had a delightful and informative guide (he liked to stay to the script). No taking photos of people or the church on top. But the views and the structures were allowed. This became hard as we rounded a corner and were able to become a part of and stay distanced from an Acoma Indian celebration. The dancing and the outfits were beautiful.

We chose to hike down the old fashioned way, it had it's own level of adventure. Walking away from the Sky City to the Cultural Center I was left with a sense of peace and appreciation for a piece of our country's history.

So, basically, go visit.

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Reviewed December 31, 2012

I've been trying to visit for 50 years and finally made it at age 68, so I loved every part of it. Even our two 10 year-olds still talk about it and enjoyed it very much. It was a very impressive and humbling experience--one I recommend for everybody who enjoys learning about other cultures, history and our Native Americans. Their story is very impressive.

2  Thank Susan P
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Reviewed December 31, 2012

I have been trying to visit Acoma Pueblo for 50 years and for one reason or another was unsuccessful until I was 68. It surpassed all of my expectations. The incredible sense of history, their reverence for their culture, the impressive mesa and view, and the tribal members who have so much pride in their tribal history and optimism about their future were overwhelming and humbling. It was, indeed, the highlight of our trip (even for two 10 year-olds)! I have to believe that anybody who visits Acoma will come away in awe of a culture that has persevered and, hopefully, will prosper in the future.

1  Thank Susan P
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SkyCity_C_C, General Manager at Sky City Cultural Center & Haak'u Museum, responded to this reviewResponded January 4, 2013

We are glad to hear that you finally got to "experience" Acoma Sky City! We look forward to seeing you again in the near future.

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