Free Fridays at Santa Fe Museums

June 26, 2012 by  
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Santa Fe Museum of Indian Arts and Culture

Museum of Indian Arts and Culture

Planning a trip to Santa Fe? You might want to time it for a Friday and save up to $9 per person on museum admission fees. Plus, I love Friday evenings in the City Different, as they have all the great art gallery openings and artist events along Canyon Road, and the whole street has a festive atmosphere. And on Museum Hill, the views are always lovely and it’s a tiny bit cooler up there!

Through Labor Day, 2012, two museums on Santa Fe’s Museum Hill and two museums near the Downtown Santa Fe Plaza stay open late and offer free admission to everyone on Friday evenings from 5 – 8 pm .

The museums offering free admission on Friday evenings through Labor Day weekend are:

The regular admission at these museums is $9 per adult, or $6 for New Mexico Residents. Kids aged 16 and under always go free, and students with ID get $1 discount.

New Mexico residents also get free admission throughout the year at these museums on Sundays, and New Mexico seniors aged 60+ can go free on Wednesdays. Take your ID to prove you are who you say you are.

Note that it’s always free admission to the Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian, also on Museum Hill, but they do NOT open late on Fridays, and close daily at 5 pm.

Santa Fe’s Museum Hill is located on Camino Lejo, off the Old Santa Fe Trail. It’s well-signed from the center of town for drivers. If you’re visiting by the New Mexico Rail Runner or otherwise don’t have a car, the Santa Fe Trails M Line bus from Downtown costs $1 each way to Museum Hill, or $2 for day pass. Seniors (60+) pay half fare and the ride is free for ages 17 and under.

–Tania


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Tinkertown Opens With Cheap Admission

March 28, 2012 by  
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Tinkertown Museum on the Turquoise Trail is one of my favorite places, and they’re back in action for the 2012 season on April 1, with cheap admission for the Grand Opening.

According to a note on the Tinkertown Museum Facebook page, admission for the Grand Opening Day on Sunday April 1 is just $1 for adults, and 50 cents for kids. It’s the same price as their very first season on the wayback machine, 29 years ago.  (I wish I could buy my groceries at 29-year-ago prices too.) 

For the rest of the 2012 season, Tinkertown adult admission will be $3.50. That’s still great value for this fabulous place.  Senior tickets (aged 62+) will be $3, and admission for kids aged 4 – 16 will be $1.

Tinkertown Museum is an ‘only in New Mexico’ extravaganza of folk art by the late Ross Ward, including a model circus and a miniature Wild West town that stretches the length of a room, plus his amazing collections of American ephemera. It’s a great place to browse a few hours – you always spot something you hadn’t noticed before. (Let’s face it, it’s even more ram-jam packed than my untidy office, only a lot more enjoyable.)

The rambling building is constructed from over 50,000 glass bottles and inside you can see the miniature animated wood-carved figures and ask your destiny of Esmerelda, the antique arcade-style fortune teller.

Kids love Tinkertown, and I always take out-of-state visitors to Tinkertown too. We inevitably spend longer than I anticipated, and it’s one of those memories they’re still talking about years later.

Tinkertown opens from 9 am – 6 pm, with final admission at 5:30 pm, but you really need to allow more than a measly 30 minutes to take in everything there is to see. Tinkertown is on the road to Sandia Crest off Highway 14,  the Turquoise Trail National Scenic Byway, about 25 miles east of Albuquerque.

–Tania

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Free Festival: We Art The People

September 8, 2011 by  
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We Art the People? Yes we art.

The We Art the People free festival of folk art goes arty this Sunday September 11, 2011, from 10 am – 4 pm.  Organized by the OffCenter Community Arts Project, it’s a day of family fun at Robinson Park, including a giant puppet parade, live entertainment, and (of course) lots of art to browse and buy with more than 100 folk arts and crafts vendors, and the chance to make art yourself.

We Art the People festival highlights include:

  • Giant puppet parade at 11 am
  • Community art for adults and kids to make their own creations
  • White elephant sale
  • Baked goods sale
  • Live music and entertainment on two stages, with tribal belly dancing, Hawaiian dancing, and Aztec dancers, and music from bands including Cajun rhythm and blues from Joe Daddy and Hoodoo Jeff’s Swamp Fried Duo. That’s a name to conjure with…. talking of which, there are also magic acts, fortune tellers, and face painting.

The full We Art the People schedule gives music performance times, and the free festival runs from 10 am – 4 pm on Sunday September 11.

Robinson Park is located in Downtown Albuquerque at 801 Central NW, at 8th Street and Central Avenue.

–Tania

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Tinkertown Museum: Cheap, Cool, Charming Family Fun

August 27, 2011 by  
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Tinkertown Museum on the Turquoise Trail is one of my favorite places. I’ve been remiss in not mentioning it this summer, as it’s always a cheap trip out, and very cool. Literally cool too, as it’s up in the mountains and a refreshing escape on a hot day!

Tinkertown Museum is an ‘only in New Mexico’ extravaganza of folk art by the late Ross Ward, including a model circus and a miniature Wild West town that stretches the length of a room, plus his amazing collections of American ephemera. It’s a great place to browse a few hours – you always spot something you hadn’t noticed before. (Let’s face it, it’s even more ram-jam packed than my untidy office, only a lot more enjoyable.)

The rambling building is constructed from over 50,000 glass bottles and inside you can see the miniature animated wood-carved figures and ask your destiny of Esmerelda, the antique arcade-style fortune teller.

Kids love Tinkertown, and if you’ve got guests coming in to town for Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, it’s worth bearing in mind as something different to do between morning ascensions and the evening balloon events. I always take out-of-state visitors to Tinkertown. We inevitably spend longer than I anticipated, and it’s one of those memories they’re still talking about years later.

Tinkertown Museum is only open seasonally, from April 1 to October 31, and admission is $3 for adults, and $2.50 for seniors aged 62+.  It costs just $1 for kids aged 4 to 16. Tots aged 3 and under get in free!

They’re open every day from 9 am to 6 pm, with the last admission at 5:30 pm. But seriously, thirty minutes isn’t enough time to really enjoy everything at Tinkertown, so get there earlier. The shop is cool too, with lots of weird and wonderful gifts and fun stuff to buy at very low prices.

Tinkertown is on the road to Sandia Crest off Highway 14,  the Turquoise Trail National Scenic Byway, about 25 miles east of Albuquerque.

–Tania

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Free Fridays at Santa Fe Museums

August 9, 2011 by  
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If you’re planning a trip up to Santa Fe, you might want to time it for a Friday and save up to $9 per person on museum admission fees. Plus, I love Friday evenings in the City Different, as they have all the great art gallery openings and artist events along Canyon Road, and the whole street has a festive atmosphere.

Through Labor Day, 2011, two museums on Santa Fe’s Museum Hill and two museums near the Downtown Santa Fe Plaza stay open late and offer free admission to everyone on Friday evenings from 5 – 8 pm .

The museums are:

The regular admission at these museums is $9 per adult, or $6 for New Mexico Residents. Kids aged 16 and under always go free, and students with ID get $1 discount.

New Mexico residents also get free admission throughout the year at these museums on Sundays, and New Mexico seniors aged 60+ can go free on Wednesdays. Take your ID to prove you are who you say you are.

Santa Fe’s Museum Hill is located on Camino Lejo, off the Old Santa Fe Trail. It’s well-signed from the center of town for drivers. If you’re visiting by the New Mexico Rail Runner or otherwise don’t have a car, the Santa Fe Trails M Line bus from Downtown costs $1 each way to Museum Hill, or $2 for day pass. Seniors (60+) pay half fare and the ride is free for ages 18 and under.

–Tania

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Free Dia de los Muertos Art Expo July 10 & 11

July 7, 2010 by  
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Why celebrate Día de los Muertos only once a year when you can celebrate it all year long? That’s the philosophy behind the Arté de Muertos Expo, held four times a year.

If you’re a Day of the Dead aficionado, check out the expo this Saturday and Sunday, July 10 and 11, 2010. Admission and parking are FREE!

The expo features all manner of Day of the Dead folk and fine art, but they have a bunch of other stuff, too, like shadow boxes, jewelry, wood carvings, ceramics, and wind chimes. Artists are from New Mexico, Texas, Colorado, Arizona and California, and much of the art is exhibited by the maker, so you can chat directly with the artists as you browse. 

The event includes artist demonstrations, music, face painting, tarot readings and paranormal and metaphysical experts on hand to share their knowledge. Ghost story author Antonio R. Garcez will be in attendance to sign books.

The free Arté de Muertos Expo will be held at the new Agave del Sol Event Center on:

  • Saturday July 10 from 10 am to 6pm
  • Sunday July 11 from 10am to 5pm

Agave del Sol Event Center is located at 7500 Montgomery NE, east of Louisiana.

–Tania

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Free Dia de los Muertos Art Expo

April 15, 2010 by  
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Why celebrate Día de los Muertos only once a year when you can celebrate it all year long? That’s the philosophy behind the Arté de Muertos Expo, held four times a year.

If you’re a Day of the Dead aficionado, check out the expo this Saturday and Sunday, April 17 and 18, 2010. Admission and parking are FREE!

The expo features all manner of Day of the Dead folk and fine art, but they have a bunch of other stuff, too, like shadow boxes, jewelry, wood carvings, ceramics, and wind chimes. Most of the art is exhibited by the maker, so you can chat directly with the artists as you browse. 

The event includes artist demonstrations, music, face painting, paranormal and metaphysical experts on hand to share their knowledge, and ghost story author Antonio R. Garcez will be in attendance to sign books.

The free Arté de Muertos Expo will be held at the Albuquerque Garden Center on:

  • Saturday April 17 from noon to 6pm
  • Sunday April 18 from 10am to 5pm

Albuquerque Garden Center is located at 10120 Lomas Blvd. NE, off Eubank Blvd and I-40

–Tania

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Free Tinkertown Tour, March 20 – Spaces Limited

March 16, 2010 by  
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Take a free pre-season tour of Tinkertown Museum on the Turquoise Trail on Saturday March 20, but you must RSVP now – spaces are limited!

As part of International Obscura Day on March 20, Tinkertown Museum is opening pre-season for an exclusive free preview tour at 2 pm.  This ‘only in New Mexico’ extravaganza of folk art by the late Ross Ward, plus his amazing collections of American ephemera, is one of my favorite places to browse a few hours – you always spot something you hadn’t noticed before. (Let’s face it, it’s even more ram-jam packed than my untidy office, only a lot more fun.) The rambling building is constructed from over 50,000 glass bottles and inside you can see the miniature animated wood-carved figures and ask your destiny of Esmerelda, the antique arcade-style fortune teller, on this tour hosted by owner Carla Ward.

Sign up for the free Tinkertown Museum visit at 2 pm on Saturday March 20, 2010. 
Although it’s free, you must RSVP as spaces are very limited.

Tinkertown is on the road to Sandia Crest off Highway 14,  the Turquoise Trail National Scenic Byway, about 25 miles east of Albuquerque.

Obscura Day, presented by Atlas Obscura,  is an international event to celebrate “wondrous, curious, and esoteric places.”  What a great idea!

–Tania

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Free Dia de los Muertos Art Expo

November 4, 2009 by  
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Why celebrate Día de los Muertos only once a year when you can celebrate it all year long? That’s the philosophy behind the Arté de Muertos Expo, held three times a year.

If you’re a Day of the Dead aficionado, check out the expo this Saturday and Sunday, November 7 and 8 (2009), from 9:00am – 5:00pm both days. Admission and parking are FREE!

The expo features all manner of Day of the Dead folk and fine art, but they have a bunch of other stuff, too, like shadow boxes, jewelry, wood carvings, ceramics, and wind chimes. Most of the art is exhibited by the maker, so you can chat directly with the artists as you browse. Also on hand will be paranormal metaphysical experts willing to share their knowledge. Artist demonstrations, live music, and a book signing by Antonio Garcez round out the event.

The Arté de Muertos Expo will be held at Santa Ana Star Casino, Santa Ana Pueblo, NM. Take I-25 north to US 550 and head west. You’ll see it. More info: (505) 771-3307.

–Elizabeth Hanes

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Free Dia de los Muertos Art Expo

July 15, 2009 by  
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Why celebrate Día de los Muertos only once a year when you can celebrate it all year long? That’s the philosophy behind the Arté de Muertos Expo, held three times a year.

If you’re a Day of the Dead aficionado, check out the expo this Saturday and Sunday, July 18 and 19 (2009), from 9:00am – 5:00pm both days. Admission and parking are FREE!

The expo features all manner of Day of the Dead folk and fine art, but they have a bunch of other stuff, too, like shadow boxes, jewelry, wood carvings, ceramics, and wind chimes. Most of the art is exhibited by the maker, so you can chat directly with the artists as you browse. Also on hand will be paranormal metaphysical experts willing to share their knowledge. Artist demonstrations, live music, and a book signing by Antonio Garcez round out the event.

The Arté de Muertos Expo will be held at Santa Ana Star Casino, Santa Ana Pueblo, NM. Take I-25 north to US 550 and head west. You’ll see it. More info: (505) 771-3307.

–Elizabeth Hanes

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