How long has it been since you’ve visited a museum in Albuquerque? The many cultural treasures of Albuquerque will be featured in a week-long effort called “Museums of Albuquerque Week” starting June 8, 2012. The Week has been designed by the Museum Cooperative Council of Albuquerque to highlight the special events of the city’s museums and attractions. Each participating museum or attraction of the 24-member Council will be highlighting special activities, exhibits, and promotional offers during the June 8-16 timeframe in an effort to call attention to the unique contributions they offer the citizens and visitors of Albuquerque.
“Each of these organizations offers unique and important experiences,” says Ellen Welker, chair of the event committee. “Whether you seek an outdoor adventure, a walk back in time, or a deeper look at a cultural contribution, these museums and attractions have much to offer families, individuals and groups of all ages and backgrounds and are truly Albuquerque treasures.”
A number of diverse events will be promoted for the week:
Friday, June 8 – Saturday, June 16
• The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History will offer a discounted ($ 1 off) admission to everyone who says “Happy New Mexico Centennial” during June 8-16.
Museum Week visitors are invited to see a new exhibit, “Green Glass Morning: The Dawn of the Atomic Age.”
It depicts rarely seen photographs of the Trinity Site, the location of the world’s first atomic bomb test in New Mexico. The collection contains photographs from 1945 as well as new images captured in April 2012 of the same locations.
Friday, June 8
• “Long Before Statehood: People of the Southwest” 6 pm at the Maxwell Museum of Anthropology, University of New Mexico. People have lived in the American Southwest for nearly 12,000 years. Through time the connection between the land and people has created a bond that continues today. Meet the people who first inhabited the Southwest with a guided tour of the People of the Southwest exhibit by Archaeologist Dorothy Larson, a specialist in ceramics of the American Southwest. Free, Museum will be open 10 am to 7 pm.
• Docent-Led Tours at Casa San Ysidro. Friday and Saturday 9:30 am and 1:30pm
Saturday, June 9
• “Experience Railroad History” 9 am to 3 pm at the Santa Fe 2926 Restoration Site, The Santa Fe 2926 on the Sawmill Spur in Albuquerque, New Mexico, is a restoration project that is intended to preserve an important part of New Mexico’s past. It is a must see for Rail Fans, Historians and all visitors to Albuquerque. Come see a genuine piece of New Mexico’s History. The Santa Fe 2926 Restoration Site Location: 1833 8th Street NW
• “Francisco Vázquez de Coronado” 10 am at the Open Space Visitor Center, Coronado, (1510 – 1554) led the largest land-based exploration in the continental United States conducted by colonial Spain. From 1540 to 1542, the expedition had the first Europeans to see such places as the Colorado River, the Grand Canyon, the Rio Grande, many pueblo settlements, and the Great Plains. Principal archaeologist, Dr. Matt Schmader, will examine the current state of knowledge and retrospectives about the man and his famed expedition. Guided tour of a recently investigated Coronado site will follow.
• “PoP” activities for all ages 1 to 4 pm at Explora. Visitors and Albuquerque scientists engage in hands on activities related to the scientists’ current work. Meet the scientists who are your neighbors in the community through this Portal to the Public project. www.explora.us
• “Guided Tours” 10 am – 3pm at the Tijeras Pueblo Archaeological Site. Guided tours of the site, including the interpretive center. 11776 Highway 337S Call for more information: 312-8683
Sunday, June 10
• “Exploring Art of the Ancient Americas: The J. Bourne Collection: Exhibit Opening” 1 pm at the Albuquerque Museum of Art & History: Museum opens at 10 a.m. Curator's Talk at 1 p.m.: Gain insight into objects in the exhibition, Exploring Art of the Ancient Americas with Dr. Dorie Reents-Budet, Curatorial Consultant. Free before 1 pm.
• “Guided Tours” at the Tijeras Pueblo Archaeological Site (See June 9 for more information)
Tuesday, June 12
• “UNM Art Museum Book Club Launch” 5:30 pm at the UNM Art Museum
Rebecca Solnit's River of Shadows: Eadweard Muybridge and the Technological Wild West in conjunction with Re-Considering the Photographic Masterpiece exhibition. Purchase a copy of the book at the Art Museum's Book Shelf, Bookworks or Page One (get a discount when you tell them it's for the book club) OR borrow it from the library; read the book and join others to discuss it at the Museum in June. Bring a friend to this Free event!
• “Twilight Tour at the Zoo” 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at the Albuquerque Zoo. After dinner at home, experience the sights and sounds of Albuquerque’s BioPark Zoo at twilight! Pre-registration required. Tickets: adults, $15; children (3-12) and seniors (65+), $10.
• “Archaeology Talk” 6 pm at the Sandia District Ranger Station, Tijeras Pueblo Archaeological Site.
Wednesday, June 13
• “Stories in the Sky-Pajama Stories!” 6 to 7 pm at the Albuquerque Balloon Museum. A wonderful evening for families with young children; Activities include stories, music and art about the night sky and space.
Thursday, June 14
• “Meeting of the Minds” An Art Conversation, 12 pm at the UNM Art Museum (Topic to be Announced)“Talking in museums is one of the things that makes them matter…. they are places to go and see things,…and talk about things, and, through talking, to understand something about the way life takes place in time.”- Adam Gopnik. Free and open to the public.
• “Summer Nights Concert” 6 to 9 pm at the Botanic Garden. Music on the Botanic Garden Festival Green, enjoy the Aquarium and a magic show (lawn seating). Info: ABQ BioPark Botanic Garden, 2601 Central Ave NW, 505-768-2000 or 311 locally, www.abqsummernights.com. Tickets: adults, $10; seniors (65+), $5; children (3-12), $3.
Friday, June 15
• “Bring your Dad to a Museum” 10 am – 4 pm at All Museums Bring that special man in your life to a museum, and enjoy a bit of Albuquerque culture.
Saturday, June 16
• “Granddaddy of all Summerfests.” 12 pm – 9pm Downtown Civic Plaza. The City of Albuquerque will host the giant New Mexico Centennial celebration. The all-day, free block party on Central Avenue from Second to Tenth Streets will feature dozens of performers at five pavilions, free fun for kids, adults and seniors, a special Territorial Village in Robinson Park, an arts market, car show, a science and technology area and much more.
For more information, visit each of the museums' own websites or:
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