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Free Museums in Greater Albuquerque

Which Albuquerque Museums Have Free Admission?

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There are several museums around Albuquerque that are free. Some have no admission charge, some are free on certain days, and some offer free admission to active military with ID.

Albuquerque Art Museum

Where is it? Albuquerque
When is it free? Every Sunday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the first Wednesday of the month. Also, for 2013, the first weekend of the month, Bank of America or Merrill Lynch cardholders get free admission.

Art and history have a home here, with particular emphasis on the cultural southwest. Find a sculpture garden, walking tours of Old Town, art exhibits, children's art workshops and plenty of Albuquerque history.

Albuquerque BioPark

Where is it? Albuquerque
When is it free? The Albuquerque BioPark began offering service members with military ID a discount in 2012. The discount is good for all active and non-active military personnel with an ID. The discount applies to general admission at the Zoo, Botanic Garden, and Aquarium. The admission discount does not apply to special events. Discount of $2 off adult admission and $1 off children's admission.

The Albuquerque Aquarium takes a look at the waters of the Rio Grande. The aquarium is located by the Botanic Gardens, which has numerous gardens and a Mediterranian conservatory, as well as a working farm. The Rio Grande Zoo has many animals as well as a train ride which connects to the aquarium and gardens.

Balloon Museum

Where is it? Albuquerque
When is it free? The Anderson-Abruzzo International Balloon Museum offers free admission the first Friday of every month. Sundays between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. are also free admission days, except for Sundays during the Balloon Fiesta.

Learn about the history of ballooning, how balloons fly and steer, and have kids take a trip in a virtual balloon.

Belen Harvey House Museum

Where is it? Belen
When is it free? Admission is always free.

The museum is housed in the old railroad station which was used during the railroad boom years, when the Harvey Girls worked at stops along the train trail. It is home to the Valencia County Historical Society and the Belen Model Railroad Club. The central gallery was originally the Harvey House lunchroom and has rotating exhibits. Learn about the history of the railroads, and the famous Harvey girls.

Coronado State Monument

Where is it? Bernalillo
When is it free? Wednesday admission is free to New Mexico seniors with ID.

The monument has an interpretive center that looks at the history of the site. A pueblo ruins and underground kiva that can be visited provide a glimpse of the Kuaua, who settled there around 1300. The site has picnic tables and a wonderful view of the Rio Grande and the Sandias.

Gutierrez-Hubbell House Museum

Where is it? Albuquerque
When is it free? Admission is always free.

This historic working farm in the Pajarito area of Albuquerque's south valley contains a 150 year old adobe hacienda on 10 acres of cultivated farmland. The house sits on the Camino Real, the oldest continuously used European road in North America. Free tours are provided three days a week. The museum is a work in progress, but ongoing backyard farming demonstrations and a junior ranger program are already underway.

Maxwell Museum of Anthropology

Where is it? Albuquerque
When is it free? Admission is always free.

Permanent exhibits are on people of the southwest and our ancestors. There are changing exhibits in two galleries, as well as a gift shop.

National Hispanic Cultural Center

Where is it? Albuquerque
When is it free? Sundays admission to the art museum is free.

The National Hispanic Cultural Center offers an art museum, public programs, performances, tours and a library. Take a deep drink of Hispanic arts and culture.

New Mexico Holocaust & Intolerance Museum

Where is it? Albuquerque
When is it free? Admission is always free.

The Holocaust Museum has exhibits on Nazi Germany as well as from other genocides and the Bataan Death March.

New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science

Where is it? Albuquerque
When is it free? The Natural History Museum is free to New Mexico residents on the first Sunday of every month. An ID is required. It is also free to all veterans with ID on Veteran's Day, November 11. The museum-run Sandia Mountain Natural History Center is also free to New Mexico residents with ID on the first Sunday of every month.

Find a wealth of information on the natural history of New Mexico, and science that includes the Mars rover, a planetarium, and a look at the history of the computer. Enjoy lots of dinosaurs and a hands-on, interactive learning center.

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