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Turquoise Guided Museum Tour
"The tour of the museum begins by entering a mock mine tunnel. The entrance to the museum will open 15 minutes before each tour begins. Guests are requested to show up within this 15 minute time frame. Guests who fail to arrive will forfeit their tickets and those tickets will be resold to a guest on the tour waiting list.The museum's displays include:Turquoise from over 80 locations around the worldMining history and modern techniquesTurquoise mineralogy/geology guests will be given the chance to enjoy the museum displays on their own.The Turquoise Museum is family owned and operated since 1992. Three of the five generations still work at the museum on a weekly basis. Tours are guided by one of these thr all of your questions will be answered and you will have a better understanding of “The World’s Most Colorful Gem”.""""The Turquoise Museum in Albuquerque New Mexico showcases the J.C. “Zack” Zachary turquoise collection. The collection includes turquoise from over 80 locations around the world
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Albuquerque Scavenger Hunt Adventure
"The adventure begins in Old Town Albuquerque and takes you on a well-designed course through the historic and cultural streets as you visit churches walk through sculpture gardens and see the local parks and museums.  The tour requires approximately 1 mile of walking. The game software tracks team points and posts the final score to a city leaderboard for those with a competitive edge. leaving time to stop for a bite to eat or simply to enjoy the best southwestern sights of the town. Great for families friends and those ready to have fun on a scavenger hunt adventure! Please note that pricing is per individual but your team must book together. One voucher is valid for your team of 2-5 people.""""Turn Albuquerque into a giant game board with this fun scavenger hunt adventure! This challenge combines the excitement of the Amazing Race with a 3-hour city walking tour. Guided from any smart phone teams make their way among well known and overlooked gems of the city
From $15.00
 
Albuquerque Rio Grande Balloon Ride
"We fly most days at sunrise weather permitting. We begin by meeting you at our launch site which is right on the west side of the Rio Grande River. Once at the launch site we will inflate the balloon and fly for about an hour down the river valley here in Albuquerque. During the flight depending upon the direction of the winds on flight day you will have great views of the Sandia Mountains to the east Petroglyph national monument to the west
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Southwestern Goods: Not Utility And Not A Shack

The Utility Shack closed (at least temporarily) in late December 2013 after 40 years of buying directly from Native American artisans and selling jewelry, pottery, baskets, rugs, etc. The Stouts had to deal with some health issues but now they have reopened!

Don't let the name or the location fool you. This is one classy store. It is like going to a Native American museum and gallery. Don't miss the back of the store where things are for sale but look more like art exhibits. There is also a vintage jewelry case, where people have sold their old jewelry to the store. I have made some real finds there. It is both a retail and wholesale place, so most items cost half of what they are marked, i.e., the prices are good. The service is friendly, helpful and low key. Definitely one of the best, if not the best, places to buy Native American art and crafts in Albuquerque. BTW, the name cames from the fact that Linda and David Stout originally opened the business in Saint Joseph, Missouri, in 1974 in an actual utility shack. They moved to Albuquerque two years later.

What to buy You can find all kinds of authentic Native American jewelry, pottery, sculptures, blankets, rugs, kachinas and fetishes.

What to pay You can find items like $4 earrings, $15 fetishes, $60 bracelets, all the way up to museum-quality pieces that cost thousands of dollars.

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AlbuqRay
Dec 08, 2016

Southwestern Goods: The Palms Trading Company: Good souvenirs, 50% off

The Palms has been around since at least the 1930's. It is a place where you can get authentic Native American jewelry, pottery, and rugs -- not to mention a host of other things which won't cost you an arm and a leg. The website crows, "Palms Trading Company has the most complete inventory of Pueblo Pottery and Indian jewelry in the industry today. Our 5000 square foot showroom displays thousands of pieces of Pueblo Pottery, even more Indian jewelry as well as hundreds of Navajo rugs, Hopi and Navajo Kachinas and much, much more."

The morning after my arrival in Albuquerque, my hostess was wearing a unique necklace with tiny carved animals, or "heishi" (I may be spelling this wrong). I coveted it, and she promised to take me over to The Palms, where she'd purchased it.

There are several rooms to explore at The Palms, including ones devoted to pottery and rugs and things like drums, carved wooden objects, and other souvenirs. There are salsas, candles, cookies, and kachina dolls. But there's a boffo collection of jewelry, which was why I wanted to visit.

I discovered that there was quite a selection which covered length, quality, type and number of animals, and price. Ultimately I settled on a necklace which was somewhat similar to hers, but with more animals on it. It was $90.00 but everything at The Palms is 50% off so the final cost was more palatable -- and of course it was much less than a Zuni necklace would have been. I also found a lovely three-strand turquoise necklace which was $60.00 after the discount, and a number of fetishes and small doeskin bags. Overall, a very successful trip!

What to pay Original artwork can be very expensive. Expect to spend several hundred dollars for an Acoma pot or Zuni necklace; rugs can be even more costly.

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Bunsch
Jun 02, 2011

Various: Southwest Indian Pottery

Southwest Indian pottery is beautiful and comes in many shapes, sizes, and designs. Like all good art, personal preference will dictate what you might find attractive and decide to take home. My advice is to visit each of the shops in Old Town and get an idea of the quality, selection, and different types of pottery. I like most of the pueblos? work but my favorites are Mata Ortiz, Hopi, and Santa Clara, and Santo Domingo. Talk to the shop/gallery owners and ask them questions to gain an education and a better appreciation of who the potters are and the methods (most centuries old!) that they use in their craft. Then go back to the shops with pieces you remember 'speaking' to you and make your purchases!

My favorite shops in Old Town are:

Ancient Traditions, 400 San Felipe NW (good quality pieces from a variety of pueblos); www.ancienttraditions.com

Andrews (some of the best quality from Navajo, Hopi, Zuni, Santa Domingo, Santa Clara and other pueblos); http://www.andrewspueblopottery.com/

Tanner Chaney Gallery, 300 Romero NW (the best quality and selection of Mata Ortiz pottery you're likely to see in one place); www.tannerchaneygallery.com

What to buy Southwest Indian pottery. Most stores also have jewlery and other Native American crafts.

What to pay Anywhere from $25 to $3,000

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Hopkid
Apr 04, 2011

Southwestern Goods: Utility Shack--Native American Creations

Saturday plans were to drive the hour and a half to Santa Fe to revisit this scenic Southwestern town, but before we left Albuquerque, we were encouraged to stop by Utility Shack. I am so glad we did!

Anyone desiring to pick up a nice piece of handcrafted silver jewelry should make the effort to visit this wonderful shop. I had already been pricing silver bracelets and pendants. I realized these handcrafted items were not going to be inexpensive when set with torquoise, but I was surprised to see how affordable they were here.

I would say the prices were perhaps 30-40% less than at other stores selling jewelry. On display were rings, bracelets, concho belts, pendants, earrings. All these pieces were crafted in plain silver or embellished with torquoise. We spent a longer time than expected here, because of the huge selection and great prices!

As we shopped, Native American craftsmen brought their jewelry into the store to sell. All area tribes are said to be represented. Also, on hand: a smaller assortment of gold jewelry, pottery, basketry and kachinas.

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What to buy Silver Jewelry

What to pay Less than expected--great prices

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Oct 18, 2007
 
 
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The Covered Wagon: Buying Navajo Rugs

It's a large shop but I really took a liking to the first room I stepped into, where there's jewelry and pottery and some arts & crafts, but most of all genuine Navajo rugs. The clerk was actually very informative and actually knew what she was talking about.

What to buy I bought a tree of life rug and those do not run cheap but when I went to Santa Fe it was tripple the price for a smaller and poorer woven rug than the ones that I found in Albuquerque's shops.

What to pay For different rugs... $500 all the way to $5,000 or more

november-nights
Jul 14, 2007

Chili Patch: Hot Eats

The Chili Patch is a unique store that specializes in chili peppers.
Note: This shop may and may not still be in business. Please check.

What to buy Various kinds of foods made with chili such as sauce, chips, popcorn (yes, popcorn), etc.
There are also recipe books featuring chili peppers and chili sauce and even toys and gifts.

What to pay Depends on the item.

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roamer61
Oct 10, 2005

Old Town Square: Indian Jewelry and Crafts

The "shop" per se, is actually the sidewalk. Many indians come in from the outlying areas and set up shop on the sidewalk, selling anything from pottery, to jewelry to other types of indian wares. Some of it is quite beautiful, some of it is, well, the same touristy crap! But, the nice thing is the shopkeepers don't bug you, just let you look and ask questions. It's a nice, relaxing atmosphere. You can also wander around the other stores located around the square. The website below gives more information

What to buy Jewelry and pottery is what I would recommend. They sell equisite torquoise pieces that are quite elaborate

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shdw100
Aug 03, 2004

The Shops of 'Old Town': Easy Way to Spend the Day

There are many, many, many, many unique little gift shops in what is known as "Old Town" Albuquerque. Over 80 boutiques with great souveniers await you as well as over 25 local art galleries and many restaurants all conviently located within easy walking distance of one another. When traveling to Albuquerque, Old Town is a MUST!

However, buyer beware as many things are "Made in China". Painted Ponies are a local treasure and take special care when buying Native American Indian crafts as there are many knock-offs.

This has to be one of the most beautiful shopping experiences that doesn't scream cheesy tourism!

Visitor information booth is open 7 days a week from 9:00am-5:00pm April-Oct.
9:30-4:30 Nov.-March.
303 Romero NW

What to buy Enjoy shops such as Angel Town, New Mexico Bead Company, Pasitos, Sisters Phoenix and more.

Definately stop by the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory for such treats as Jalapeno Peanut Brittle and chocolate covered strawberries!

What to pay Very, very affordable. Even the local artists under sell themselves.

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Feb 25, 2004

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Skip Maisel's Wholesale/Retail: Native American Jewelry, Arts and Crafts

Here you can find Navajo rugs, Hopi Kachina dolls, various Pueblo and other Indian pottery.....and a whole lot more. The prices were really great as well.

What to buy I purchased a piece of Navajo Horsehair pottery.

What to pay Prices ranges vary, depending on what you purchase but over all, from shopping at a lot of other places...thought Skip Maisel's had super great prices!

dacrites
Oct 09, 2002

Things to Do Near Albuquerque

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Albuquerque Museum of Art and History

Located in Old Town, this museum is well worth paying the modest $3- entrance fee (children $1-, seniors $2-). Largely chronologically organized, the there are valuable ancient artifacts and old...
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Old Town

Probably the busiest tourist attraction in town is the Old Town, which is the remains of the original city center around a plaza, with adobe buildings turned into restaurants and shops. Mostly kitsch...
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Indian Pueblo Cultural Center

The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center is NOT in Old Town, nor in downtown Albuquerque, but it is easy and find as it can be seen from I-40 freeway. This is a wonderful place to visit for it's ceremonial...
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The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History

New Mexico is where the world's first atomic bomb was developed, built, and detonated, so it is appropriate that the National Museum of Nuclear Science and History is located here. It is the only...
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Sandia Peak

Sandia Mountain is a 10,000ft peak that defines the landscape of Albuquerque, towering over it. Cable car rides are available to the top and there is skiing in winter and hiking during the summer...
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