Over the years countless artists have moved from major metropolises to New Mexico, as they have found the scene to be both captivating and, as our state motto would have it, enchanting. The history of artists moving from big cities to create art here is a testament to our inspirational landscapes and bountiful opportunities for palette choices. New Mexico has been known for creating culturally engaging and diverse works of art and for being one of the most famous locations for where a wide assortment of art is housed.

Best Art Gallery 

516 Arts is a non-collecting, contemporary art museum located in Downtown Albuquerque. 516 Arts celebrates the here and now by bringing together thought-provoking art to diverse audiences. Focusing predominantly on Latin America, the work displayed concentrates on timely themes such as the environment, intersectionality, immigration and the north/south axis of cultural exchange.

516 Central Ave SW


1.) 516 Arts 

2.) Ghostwolf Gallery

3.) Tortuga Gallery 

Best Performing Arts Venue 

Tourists and locals alike rave about their experiences at one of Albuquerque’s favorite landmarks. Historically, the KiMo Theatre has been a sensation for almost 100 years. Located in the heart of Downtown Albuquerque, the KiMo Theatre stands as a majestic and historic venue that is unlike any other. Not only does the KiMo host movie screenings, but it is also home to dance performances, concerts, discussions with artists and displays of art—making it a very dynamic and engaging place to be. 

423 Central Ave NW


1.) KiMo Theatre 

2.) Popejoy Hall 

3.) Outpost Performance Space

Best Museum 

The Albuquerque Museum creates an engaging and interactive community involved in art and history. It shares the stories of New Mexico’s rich heritage and many cultures with a vast audience. The Museum brings Albuquerque to the world and the world to Albuquerque.

2000 Mountain Road NW


1.) Albuquerque Museum 

2.) New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science

3.) Explora