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“Stunning Historical Site”

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.
Las Cruces, New Mexico
Level 6 Contributor
278 reviews
87 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
“Stunning Historical Site”
Reviewed October 16, 2013

I had the opportunity to visit the breathtaking Acoma Pueblo. I think it is superior to the more famous Taos Pueblo. It is well maintained and sits on a shear cliff mesa over 360 feet above the valley floor. Our Acoma guide Brandon provided an exceptional history of the pueblo and the interventions by the Spanish beginning in the 16th century. He was entertaining and very knowledgeable. The people of the pueblo were very hospitable and friendly and proudly offered their unique crafts of pottery, stone carvings, jewelry, and fresh baked goods for sale. Be sure to try the hot freshly made "fry bread' for a tasty snack. You must take the bus to the site but can return by foot by climbing down the walls and footpaths if you are in good physical condition.

Visited October 2013
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SkyCity_C_C, Director at Sky City Cultural Center & Haak'u Museum, responded to this review, October 19, 2013
JimH88011, I am glad you had a great experience while visiting Acoma Sky City! We are the first and only Native American site to be designated a "Historic Site" by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and Acoma and San Esteban Mission are listed on the register of National Historical Landmarks and National Historic Places. Thank you for visiting and we look forward to welcoming you on your next visit.
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Long Beach, California
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4 reviews
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“MUST SEE, Worth the drive out from Albq.”
Reviewed October 16, 2013

This is a must do for all ages. I must say this was a very neat experience. Take comfortable shoes since you will walk for about one hour and a half. Take time deciding on buying because you will see vendors at every turn. Take a bottle of water. Make sure you take the walk down instead of the bus, it was awesome! The cost was $87.00 or $84.00 ? for three adults and one child.

Visited October 2013
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SkyCity_C_C, Director at Sky City Cultural Center & Haak'u Museum, responded to this review, October 19, 2013
Roselynn F, I am glad to hear of your good experience while visiting Acoma Sky City. We do have vendor guides that will take individuals back to an artist's table if they so desire. It is best to enjoy the tour and browse then go back and buy, each vendor sits in a specific section and asking the vendor their section makes it easier for the guide to go directly back to that section/vendor.
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Portland, Oregon
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“Amazing!!!!”
Reviewed October 14, 2013

The view and history was stunning; and the people were both helpful and kind and honestly, just go yourself and experience it, because no one can describe of amazing it is. :) You truly see the beauty of New Mexico!

Visited October 2013
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Michigan
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103 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“A Step Back in Time”
Reviewed October 14, 2013

Several people recommended we visit the Acoma Pueblo. We had read about confusing directions.The exit is clearly marked, but the twists and turns right after turning left off the interstate can be confusing. After we visited the pueblo, we turned left out of the visitor center and an immediate left at the stop sign. That road was a clear shot through the reservation without the twists and turns. It brings you out at the the exit before 108. It's the exit that advertises fry bread. Our guide owns a home on Sky City. The tour gives a good history of the trials of the Sky City people. Vendors are everywhere selling jewelry, art and food. Love the fry bread. I cannot stress how serious they are about not taking photos in the cemetery and church. This was worth the short, less than 90 minute, drive from Albuquerque. This is not a tour for anyone who cannot walk over rough, rocky terrain.

Visited October 2013
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SkyCity_C_C, Director at Sky City Cultural Center & Haak'u Museum, responded to this review, October 19, 2013
Michigan Park Traveler, I am continuing trying to get the state highway department to give us better signage at Exit 102 on I-40, but they just won't cooperate. Best direction I can give once a person gets off at Exit 102 is to follow the signs for the rest area then you will see good signage for Sky City. I am glad you did find your way to Sky City and enjoyed your visit.
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Peristeri
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92 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“Unforgettable”
Reviewed October 14, 2013

Third time in Acoma pueblo, in what is the nearest a tour can be to a religious experience... there are no words really... The little museum is a gem, the people are friendly, maybe the ticket seems a little expensive at 23 USD per person but it is not (well, there should have been a student/ teacher price, IMO, but even so it still is not expensive). The guided tour is a wonderful experience, takes more than an hour and the guides can answer almost all your questions (but one: how did those Greek orthodox icons get there?). ps Wear sunscreen and take water with you.

Visited October 2013
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SkyCity_C_C, Director at Sky City Cultural Center & Haak'u Museum, responded to this review, October 19, 2013
ThomaLam, Thank you for visiting Sky City for the third time! We hope you continue to come and visit and continue to have great experiences. I believe were are reasonably priced which includes the tour, camera permit and entrance to the museum. We will see if we can get an answer to your question on the Greek orthodox icons.
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