Old Town and Museum of Art and History
Trip Start May 01, 2013
180Trip End May 01, 2014
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Some Albuquerque factoids:
2. The city averages 9 INCHES of rainfall annually.
3. The Rio Grande Valley includes a 4,300 acre open space park known as The "Bosque" meaning "woodland" in Spanish.
4. The most prominent geological features: a. Rio Grande flows through the heart of the city. b. A string of five dormant volcanoes along the city's western edge. c. The massive Sandia Mountains that form the ct.'s eastern boarder.
5. There are 300 species of resident and migratory birds in the bisque along the Rio Grande.
6. The sun shines here 310 days a year.
7. There are 22 Native American Tribes here including 19 pueblos and 3 reservations.
8. The 2.7 mile Aerial Tramway is the longest in North America and reaches the Sandias at 10,378 feet.
Day 322 Today we started in Old Town Albuquerque. Lots of colorful beautiful older buildings, great architecture, adobe structures, and a Church in the square
Once again we see a museum that you need to spend at least half a day in to do it justice. There are paintings dating back to the 15th Century. Tapestries dating to the 1300's. Furniture from the 15th Century. Along with furniture, pottery, silver, sculptures, and many other items to see. Within the gallery are 6 separate galleries. The first houses art in the Spanish American home from 1492-1898. The second is Albuquerque along the Rio Grande. The third Common Ground: Art in New Mexico. The fourth African American Art. The fifth Artisanship of Mexican Equestrian Culture. A sixth is being renovated.
The collection comes from the early European explorers back to 1540. In 1880, the railroad came to Albuquerque and the town began to grow. In 1902 the Alvarado Hotel was built next to the train station. (Sadly it was raised in the 1970's. Many Hollywood stars stayed in this hotel).
The museum collection is from wealthy families that came to this area and collected things from their home countries and brought with them
Outside there is a beautiful sculpture "garden" with works from Glenna Goodacre (Jill Goodacre and Harry Connick, Jr) and many others. This area has 63 works of art outside on the path surrounding the museum.
Unfortunately, no photography within the museum. So you will have to visit.
Day 323 Today we travelled along the Route 66 stretch that goes through Albuquerque. We ate at a great old style deco diner. Ahh nothing like a great hamburger, french fries and a root beer float! Along the way there are still building dating back to the 1920's, 30's, 40's and 50's.
Albuquerque proper in the downtown area is going through the same hard times as many cities. Many storefronts are empty and others are being refurbished. The Alvarado Hotel area has been turned into a parking lot. Sad that such a great building was torn down. Apparently it was quite a controversy at the time.
In the afternoon we headed over to the Bosque (Boh-Skay) Nature Park
Enjoy this area. Our next stop is Santa Fe for four days.