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On view at Albuquerque Museum. Spirited. Courageous. Resourceful. Innovative. See the history of our city.

The History of Our City

Route 66 Sign

Route 66 Sign, 1940-1950, steel, paint, reflective coating, 16 x 17 x 3/8 in. (40.6 x 43.2 x 1 cm), Albuquerque Museum, museum purchase, Special Revenue Fund, PC2013.8.1

Only in Albuquerque PHOTO: Suzanna Finley

Only in Albuquerque OUR LAND gallery
PHOTO CREDIT: Suzanna Finley



See the story of our city from before written history to the present, set in an engaging, fun, and interactive atmosphere. Our story is told through four galleries: Spirited, Courageous, Resourceful and Innovative, all connecting to a central gallery entitled Our Land. Hundreds of our city’s most beloved artifacts are featured, including the display case from Fred Harvey’s Alvarado Curio Shop and the 8th Duke of Alburquerque’s Repostero.

Bring the family for a hands-on experience!

  • Make your own family Coat of Arms
  • Electronically send a Route 66 postcard to a friend
  • Create a digital "quilt" of images from the Museum’s collections
  • Record your story to share in the Museum and with friends
  • Vibrant theaters
  • Virtual reality storybooks

We are a culturally diverse people living along a big river in a great desert. We see ourselves, and those who came before us, as spirited, courageous, resourceful, and innovative. Our connection to the land and to each other has produced a way of life that could happen Only in Albuquerque. As you explore our past, we hope you will think about what role each of us plays in shaping our future.