Historic Old Town

Historic Old Town

Heart of Albuquerque

The gateway to Albuquerque’s historic past, Old Town is where Alburquerque (the extra “r” was later dropped), New Mexico was founded by Governor Francisco Cuervo y Valdez in 1706. It was constructed around a central plaza in the tradition of Old Spain. Today, the historic Old Town district stretches for 10 scenic blocks of brick walkways,...

Heart of Albuquerque

The gateway to Albuquerque’s historic past, Old Town is where Alburquerque (the extra “r” was later dropped), New Mexico was founded by Governor Francisco Cuervo y Valdez in 1706. It was constructed around a central plaza in the tradition of Old Spain. Today, the historic Old Town district stretches for 10 scenic blocks of brick walkways, porticos, cloistered courtyards, with a central gazebo standing in that very same plaza. Old Town in Albuquerque offers an authentic Southwestern experience, blending old world pride, heritage and landmark architecture with unique art galleries, traditional and modern art, history, museums, handmade crafts, specialty foods and other unique shopping opportunities.
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Historic Old Town

discover old town IN ALBUQUERQUE

In Old Town Plaza, you will find buildings that have survived since the Spanish Colonial era. Among these structures, you will find the revered San Felipe de Neri Church, built in the year 1793.

To learn more about this cherished Albuquerque district take a guided walking tour of Old Town and discover more about its fasci...

discover old town IN ALBUQUERQUE

In Old Town Plaza, you will find buildings that have survived since the Spanish Colonial era. Among these structures, you will find the revered San Felipe de Neri Church, built in the year 1793.

To learn more about this cherished Albuquerque district take a guided walking tour of Old Town and discover more about its fascinating history, landmarks, shopping, dining and events. For more information about what to do in Albuquerque, please visit: albuquerqueoldtown.com.

Old Town is also home to amazing museums including the Albuquerque Museum of Art & History, New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science, Explora Science Center, the Turquoise Museum and others. 

Heritage Inspirations offers immersive and enchanting walking tours of Old Town and the burgeoning Sawmill District on Friday and Saturday afternoons. These two-hour historic tours depart from Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town and end at Hotel Chaco. (Tour times: Fridays from 1 to 3 pm; Saturdays from 3 to 5pm) Learn more and book your tour here.

ABQ Trolley Company tours also depart from Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town.
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Old Town Shopping

In historic Old Town, you'll find an array of authentic Southwestern crafts, one-of-a-kind art objects, museum-quality Native American pottery, textiles, traditional turquoise jewelry and whimsical gifts and crafts. You’ll also find Mexican Folk art including traditional papel picado and whimsical piñatas alongside New Mexican relig...

Old Town Shopping

In historic Old Town, you'll find an array of authentic Southwestern crafts, one-of-a-kind art objects, museum-quality Native American pottery, textiles, traditional turquoise jewelry and whimsical gifts and crafts. You’ll also find Mexican Folk art including traditional papel picado and whimsical piñatas alongside New Mexican religious art, decorative tin work, contemporary art and souvenir t-shirts. For more information on shopping destinations, hip and eclectic boutiques, fine art galleries and fine jewelry, please visit albuquerqueoldtown.com.
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Historic Old Town

Explore the Sawmill District


Just north across Mountain Road lies a neighborhood where the historic meets the innovative: The Sawmill District. This growing area named for its history as the American Lumber Company hub now houses shops and attractions dedicated to quality locally crafted goods and cutting edge experiences.

Spur Li...

Explore the Sawmill District


Just north across Mountain Road lies a neighborhood where the historic meets the innovative: The Sawmill District. This growing area named for its history as the American Lumber Company hub now houses shops and attractions dedicated to quality locally crafted goods and cutting edge experiences.

Spur Line Supply Co. features curated shoppable vignettes, innovative merchandising and captivating products. Explore a virtual playground as ARTECHOUSE, the first innovative digital art space dedicated to art and technology, brings its XYZT: Abstract Landscapes exhibition to the Sawmill District this summer and fall. Learn more about these and other experiences on our Sawmill District page.
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