Fodor's Expert Review Albuquerque Museum of Art and History
This light-filled modern structure, designed by noted architect Antoine Predock, serves up a brilliantly curated selection of contemporary art, from the museum's own Southwestern artists–centric collections and world-class touring shows. Additional exhibits display a collection of Spanish-colonial artifacts, the largest in the nation. The Common Ground galleries represent an important permanent collection of primarily 20th-century paintings, all by world-renowned artists with a New Mexico connection. The sculpture garden contains more than 50 contemporary works by Southwestern artists that include Glenna Goodacre, Michael Naranjo, and Luis Jiménez. Slate at the Museum, a casual eatery operated by Downtown's Slate Street Cafe, serves soups, salads, espresso drinks, desserts, and other tasty light fare.