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Best Hidden Gems in Albuquerque

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Maxwell Museum of Anthropology

With more than 10 million curated items, this museum on the University of New Mexico campus offers a large collection regarding human history and culture. The museum houses two permanent exhibits. "Ancestors" showcases the four million year history of the evolution of humankind. "People of the Southwest" is an in-depth record of 11,000 years of Southwestern culture. Other dynamic exhibits and a lecture series offer interpretations of man's history across the globe.

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Meteorite Museum

Northrup Hall at the University of New Mexico is better known as the Earth and Planetary Sciences Building. For years, this branch of the university has dedicated itself to researching and teaching about space and its wonders. On the first floor, a wonderful little museum documents the discovery of meteorites that have been found worldwide. The brochure provided for each visitor explains each specimen that is on display, and someone is always available to answer any questions you may have. There is no admission fee.

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The Octopus and the Fox

This trendy boutique is owned by local artists and all of the products are created by local artists and designers, including cute clothing, funky accessories, and interesting nicknacks. You'll find colorful eccentric products that have a youthful edge. Along with handmade creations, you'll also find a selection of vintage items. If you really like their designs sign up for one of their classes where you can learn to create handmade items.

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Imbibe

Imbibe is a trendy cigar lounge and nightclub. One of the main draws of the club is the impressive Humidor Lounge. This all-glass cigar humidor creates provides a luxurious focus in the club and creates an upscale atmosphere. The MOD Room has state-of-the-art sound technology and is known for hosting live musical acts. Reserve a seat in a VIP booth and enjoy the entertainment. If you want to relax head upstairs to the Rooftop Patio Bar. Take a seat next to one of the fire pits and admire the outstanding view as you sip on fine wine or a cocktail.

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Bataan Memorial Park

This beautiful park was named "Bataan Memorial Park " in 1943 after the 200th and 515th Coast Artillery (AA) Regiments that fought in WWII. In 2002, a walkway with granite pillars carved with veterans names was also added to the park. Today, the park remains a fitting tribute to the soldiers as well as a relaxing park with plenty of trees and wide grassy fields. This is the perfect spot for a picnic, as well as the ideal spot to remember those who served America.

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Albuquerque Baths

Relax and unwind at this bathhouse. Albuquerque Baths blends the experience of local hot springs, Japanese bathhouses, and hammams into a new Albuquerque experience. Start in the hot tub, then visit the sauna and finally cool yourself off in the pool or outdoor shower. You can also indulgence in a massage or body scrub. Make sure you bring your swimsuit!

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Telephone Museum of New Mexico

Explore three floors of exhibits to learn more about the telephone then you ever thought was possible at the Telephone Museum of New Mexico. Walk through the exhibits and see items from Alexander Graham Bell's workshop, photographs, switchboards, hundreds of different types of telephones, and more. Find out about unsung heroes like Susan Parks, a switchboard operator was able to inform the U.S.A. army about the attack by Pancho Villa during the actual attack. Her switchboard is on display, and you can even see bullet holes. Children will love the Learning Center with its hands-on displays and make sure you stop by the gift shop before you leave.

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McDuffie Park

Get away from the hustle and bustle of the city with a visit to McDuffie Park. Through it can be tough to find (and even find the entrance to), once inside it is the perfect place to take a walk, ride a bike, or even take a quick nap. Many locals also enjoy a picnic lunch here on sunny afternoons.

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Coronado Dog Park

This fenced dog park is the perfect place to take your dog off leash and let him play. Take a seat on one of the benches or picnic tables and watch as the dogs run around. With a mixture of trees and lawns, there's plenty of shade as well as space to explore. Whether you have the large park just for yourselves or other dogs are frolicking around, this is the perfect spot to bring your animal friend.

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New Mexico Steam Locomotive & Railroad Historical Society (NMSL&RHS)

Watch as NMSL&RHS volunteers restore the impressive Baldwin 4-8-4 Steam Locomotive, AT&SF 2926. Originally built in 1944, this colossal locomotive is on the National Register of Historic Places. Visit during open hours and learn about the rebuilding process as well as take a short tour. Who knows, you might just sign up to volunteer yourself.

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Casa Esencia

Dance the night away at the sophisticated Casa Esencia. Every Friday night, this upscale entertainment venue turns into a trendy nightclub. Set up like a house, with multiple rooms providing different music, you can find exactly what you want. There is even an outdoor courtyard dance floor so you can dance under the stars. If you get tired head to the bar to enjoy a cocktail created by a mixologist and relax in a lounge. Reserve a VIP table and get treated like a star as you listen to top DJs spin tunes. Make sure you dress up since the club has a dress code.

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