National Hispanic Cultural Center, Albuquerque

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The National Hispanic Cultural Center is an institution in Albuquerque, New Mexico dedicated to Hispanic culture, arts and humanities. The campus spans 20 acres and is located along the Rio Grande in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on Avenida César Chávez and 4th St. Now presenting 700 events a year, the NHCC is home to three theatres, an art museum, library, genealogy center, Spanish-language resource center, two restaurants (Pop Fizz Paleteria and M'Tucci's Cocina Grill) and the largest concave fresco in North America.
The NHCC opened in 2000 and is one of several institutions governed by the State of New Mexico's Department of Cultural Affairs. Events, exhibitions and programs are presented in the areas of music, theatre, dance, visual arts, culinary arts, film, history, literary arts and cultural-significant customs, featuring local, national and international artists, scholars and entertainers. In addition to its own events, the NHCC also hosts hundreds of rental events each year - in its theatres, ballrooms and outside plaza.

The NHCC sits within the Barelas neighborhood, a traditionally Hispanic neighborhood that has historically been a crossroads for New Mexico's people. The community was settled for its proximity to a natural ford in the Rio Grande and to the Camino Real, the Spanish colonial-era Royal Road used primarily for trade between Mexico and northern New Mexico, and later grew dramatically due to its proximity to the railroad.

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  • Tons of things going on all the time. Check for events scheduling, but even if you aren't there for something specific there are many sights to see and fun things to do. They have food, drinks and.....  more »
  • Nice museum with permanent and changing exhibits, performances indoors and outdoors, and a good restaurant The mural in the Torreon is incredible, a must see.  more »
  • I came in last week to check out the museum part of things. Admission was fairly cheap and we had the entire place to ourselves. Photography of most art pieces is discouraged (as I soon found out). So allow yourself enough time to admire the artwork. As it turns out, we came in during the last week of the Cholo/a special exhibit. It was considerably large and certainly captured the essence of that particular culture. I look forward to seeing what will (hopefully)soon take its place. The rest of the NHCC was mostly inactive during our visit. However, if an admirer of symmetric architecture, the building can certainly serve as an exhibit all on its own. Definitely a place worth stopping by. Especially if you seek to learn more about a culture and identity that is so heavily ingrained in the DNA helix of the state.
  • Always have enjoyed their exhibitions. We have eaten at the restaurant and like their food and service

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