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“National Hispanic Cultural Center, Albuquerque”

National Hispanic Cultural Center
Ranked #43 of 224 things to do in Albuquerque
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Reviewed August 15, 2013

The NHCC is the only national cultural center located outside Washington, D.C. and reflects the fact that 40% of New Mexico's population is Hispanic. Anyone visiting Albuquerque (we call it the Duke City) should go online to see what's happening there during their visit. There are flamenco shows at the large theatre, learning crafts like papel picado for the kids, art shows and a whole lot more: coming up Day of the Dead at the end of October. At that time there are usually altars designed by schools and classes. My favorite thing is the 3000 square foot mural inside the Toreon (big tower) by Federico Vigil. This massive mural covers the Hispanic history in New Mexico and integrates the Native American cultures as well. It can be visited free on Sundays from 10-4. I have been there many times and was a docent for a time.

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Reviewed July 30, 2013

Sadly, the restaurant was closed for a function, but looked nice. Also, the huge mural building was closed due to an AC problem. Still, glad we went. Great art in a fantastic complex.

Thank Janet H
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Reviewed July 29, 2013

If you want to learn about the Hispanic influence in New Mexico, this is the place to go. I recommend spending at least 2-3 hours.

Thank evergreengirl
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Reviewed July 29, 2013

This is the official USA Hispanic Cultural Center. This complex is on the banks of the Rio Grande River and has its own portion of Bosque and nature park. The Center is rich with all sorts of interesting and valuable attractions, including and educational building, adobe historical archives and photograph building, three theaters, a torreon (tower) a museum, art galleries, an excellent restaurant, and more. The main building is built in the shape of a Aztec temple, complete with human sacrificial block. The Torreon is home to the largest historical fresco mural in the U.S.

A very unique and unusual feature is a Cervantes Institute which is funded and sponsored by the government of Spain. The institute sponsors all sorts attractions, including tours of Spain, Spanish language classes, a library-which includes multimedia as well as books, reference library, magazines, literature and history from Spain, cooking school, and many other things Spanish. The extensive DVD collection, including historical series and movies from Spain is available for check out at no cost.

Keep in mind that the Cervantes Institute is only part of the larger complex called the National Hispanic Cultural Center. The grounds, fountains, and buildings are wonderful; there is even a replica of an aquaduct, Moorish/Spanish/Latin-american style!

Thank FEVasquez
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Reviewed July 29, 2013

This is a well-designed and attractive building, oddly located and too often empty of attractions. Those that do come here are often good, though not great (e.g. the National Ballet of Mexico) and priced above what Albuquerque patrons can usually afford.
I applaud this place, but I also recognize the complex management situation they have: too little money to support a full schedule and a mission that is not likely to stimulate large amounts of needed funding. Enjoy whatever you can of what they offer.

Thank nycexpatagain
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