|After lunch, we'll pay a visit to the art museum at the National Hispanic Cultural Center.|
Located along the bank of the Rio Grande, the National Hispanic Cultural Center (NHCC) is dedicated to the preservation, promotion, and advancement of Hispanic culture, arts, and humanities. Since the grand opening in 2000, it has staged over 50 art exhibitions and 500 programs in the visual, performing, and literary arts, and provides venues for visitors to learn about Hispanic culture throughout the world. We'll visit the museum's exhibitions and the Torreón Fresco, the largest concave fresco in the world, depicting over 3,000 years of Hispanic history.
We'll then go to Albuquerque's historic Old Town. Old Town has been the focal point of community life since Albuquerque was founded in 1706. About ten blocks of historic adobe buildings surround the central plaza, including San Felipe de Neri Church, which was built in 1793 and is the oldest building in the city. The city's settlers built their homes, shops and government offices here; many of these have been converted into the restaurants, art galleries and shops that comprise Old Town today.
Our coach will return to the hotel from Old Town. Those who wish may remain in Old Town for dinner, but will need to arrange for their own transportation back to the hotel.