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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 December 30, 2013

Acoma is about 60 miles west of Albuquerque and well worth visiting. The cultural center is beautiful. The landscape is majestic. Our tour guide, Robert, was professional, humorous and informative. He imparts the history of Acoma with an incredible depth of knowledge. This is an amazing place well worth the price of admission. I would also recommend purchasing Acoma Pottery here. It is just stunning.

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SkyCity_C_C, Director at Sky City Cultural Center & Haak'u Museum, responded to this reviewResponded January 30, 2014

TravelingShasha, I am glad to hear Robert our tour guide provided you with a most informative tour! I do hope you come back and visit us again in the near future!

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Reviewed December 29, 2013 via mobile

I highly recommend visiting Acoma pueblo high on a mesa. Beautiful scenery, great tour. Our tour guide, Robert, was very informative and friendly. The price of admission now automatically includes camera privileges...and you will definitely be happy you can take photos of the incredible landscape.

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SkyCity_C_C, Director at Sky City Cultural Center & Haak'u Museum, responded to this reviewResponded January 30, 2014

GalViolet, I am glad you enjoyed your tour of our pueblo and that Robert our guide provided a good tour and information. We look forward to welcoming you again in the near future.

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Reviewed December 26, 2013

Our visit to Acoma was Great. There was so much to see and learn. The cultural center and museum were stunning. Much attention was spent on detail when building this. The price for the tour was good--and you must be accompanied by a guide to do this. While on tour of the old pueblo you will encounter several people selling their wonderful intricate pottery. There is no way to use a charge card so either have cash or a check. The Acoma pottery is exquisite. The guides for the tour of the pueblo are extremely knowledgeable and much will be learned. When driving from the highway to the pueblo, take the more westerly route as there is a beautiful overlook of the pueblo as well as the surrounding area. One word of warning: do everything you can to assure that the tours are in fact taking place. We had looked on their website and it stated that there would be daily tours. There was also a number to call. The AAA tour book also stated the same. We drove all the way from Albuquerque and back to find it was closed and only open on weekends. We had also called the number suggested and no one answered. We had left a message trying to find out if it was open but did not receive a reply until we had already done our 2 hour round trip finding it was not open. When we did return on the weekend they stated they are on winter schedule. So, do all you can to check. When you do get to go on the tour, it is worth it. However, going and not having it open is very frustrating and maddening.

3  Thank woodfish
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SkyCity_C_C, Director at Sky City Cultural Center & Haak'u Museum, responded to this reviewResponded December 28, 2013

woodish, Thank you for your great review and I am sorry there was not enough accurate information available to prevent you from having to do a trip when we were closed. We try to keep our website and phone message as up to date as possible. I will have my staff to monitor this close so we have current information on our website and phone messaging.

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Reviewed December 22, 2013

This was my third visit to Acoma (1987, 1994) and my first visit to the stunning cultural center and museum completed in 2006. The price of admission is a bargain as it includes a 1 1/2 hour tour of the old pueblo on the Mesa top. Acoma tour guide Robert was very well informed and personable, imparting lots of interesting Acoma history to tour group members as we walked through the pueblo.. Warning: dress warmly and In layers if you go in winter; can be cold and windy. Take time to watch the video in the museum and see the exhibits. A great cultural experience.

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SkyCity_C_C, Director at Sky City Cultural Center & Haak'u Museum, responded to this reviewResponded December 28, 2013

margay b, It is good to know that there is something here that draws you back for a third visit. We will always welcome you back and we hope to see you at one of our feast days!

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Reviewed December 19, 2013

My spouse and I have been to several pueblos in New Mexico, Mesa Verde, the Navajo and Hopi reservations and Canyon de Chelly. All have been interesting in their own ways.

Yet the unsullied immenseness of the Acoma reservation seemed unique to us. Rarely does one get to glimpse the past while in the present. A visit to Acoma Sky City provides a sense of many centuriies of endurance, tradition and perseverance of Native Americans. The well narrated story of the Acoma people, both in the Museum Center film and by our excellent guide, Brandon, brought the past to life. From the early migration to an adjacent mesa, to the current site, to their battles with the Spanish, to their enslavement by the Spaniards, to their conversion to Christianity by Franciscans, to today...all came vividly into view during our visit.

The drive from Albuquerque takes an hour and a half. That's not long to see the past brought to life.

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SkyCity_C_C, Director at Sky City Cultural Center & Haak'u Museum, responded to this reviewResponded December 28, 2013

DocOrville, I am glad you and your spouse had a good tour of our pueblo. We are a living history and have endured many things but still are proud to share our history. We hope you come and visit again.

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