School & Group Tours

Bring your group or school class to experience an interactive museum tour at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center in Albuquerque. Our knowledgeable education team leads the tours. Groups engage with the exhibits in our museum to better understand New Mexico’s landscape, the Indian Pueblo legacy, story of continuance, and the unique connection between cultures.

Group Tours

AVAILABLE WHENEVER YOU VISIT

The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center is designed so visitors can explore our galleries at their own pace, viewing art and artifacts, reading in-depth descriptions if they like, and interacting with hands-on displays. Plan for your visit here.

However, if you’d like to benefit from the expertise of a guide during your time with us, we also offer complimentary tours and private group packages. Browse below to find the best fit for you.

FRIDAYS AT 1 PM

Timing your visit to join one of our guided tours can enrich your time at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. The Mural Discovery Tour is held weekly and is complimentary with museum admission.

The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center is home to more than 20 large-scale murals by Pueblo artists, and the Mural Discovery Tour introduces visitors to nine of these impressive works of art. See paintings by legendary artists Pablita Velarde, Helen Hardin, and Jose Rey Toledo. By taking our visitors on a journey through Pueblo art and culture, the Mural Discovery Tour offers a moving introduction to the traditions and core values of Pueblo people.

Learn more about the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center’s Mural Collection.

AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST

Treat your group of fifteen to a trip to the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center’s permanent exhibit, “We Are of This Place: The Pueblo Story.” Whether you opt for a self-guided tour or a private guided tour, groups of 15 or more qualify for a reduced admission of $5.50 per person.

To discuss the possibility of booking a private guided tour for your group, please contact our Group Tour Sales Representative at least two weeks before your preferred visit date. All private tours are subject to the availability of our educational staff and docents.

Please note that private group tours are not available during the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta (in early October) and American Indian Week: Pueblo Days (the last full week of April).

School Tours

We work with schools and teachers to design tours that fit your educational objectives and New Mexico Content Standards. To book a school group tour, please complete an online request form at least four weeks before your preferred visit date. Request a School Tour.

School group visit recommendations

  • One classroom per visit is recommended.
  • Hands-on activities start at $2.50 per person.
  • Hands-on activities are not available for groups with more than 30 guests.
  • Personalized tours tailored to your curriculum are available.

 

Before Your Visit

We want to provide your classroom with a memorable and successful visit to the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. Before your visit, please read our Pre-Visit Information (coming soon).

After Your Visit

We ask that teachers take a few minutes to provide feedback on their school visit to help us improve our tours and education program. Complete the Survey.

School Tours

Pueblo Pollinators

  • Grades: K – 12 and College
  • Availability: January 1 – March 18, 2020; Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Tour Length: 1.5 hours
  • Cost: $2.00/person for groups of 15 or more
  • Group Size: 15+ students

Students will learn about pre-European contact foods, Pueblo agriculture, and the Pueblo seasonal calendar. They will also learn about different types of pollinators and be given a journal and age-appropriate journaling assignment. Students will participate in a hands-on seed-matching game and learn about corn, the staple crop, through an interactive and detailed lesson. Museum tour included.

Pueblo Resources and Symbolism

  • Grades: K – 12 and College
  • Availability: January 1 – March 18, 2020; Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Tour Length: 1.5 hours
  • Cost: $2.00/person
  • Group Size: 15+ students

Students will be led on a museum tour, with particular attention paid to natural resources utilized by Pueblo people, and the recurring symbolism throughout the exhibits. An additional presentation will discuss the symbolism used in pottery and other art forms, plus the Pueblo seasonal calendar and its corresponding agricultural practices. Students will also learn about native plants used for food, medicine, and crafts. They will make a traditional-style shuttlecock to take home or learn the cultural “stick game.”

Three Sisters: Blue Corn Mama Dolls

  • Grades: K – 12 and College
  • Availability: January 1 – March 18, 2020; Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Tour Length: 1.5 hours
  • Cost: $2.50/person
  • Group Size: 30 students

Students will experience a guided museum tour and special presentation focusing on the Three Sisters: corn, beans, and squash. They will also learn about seed-saving techniques and make blue-corn mama dolls (sweet tamales) to eat or take home.

We Are of This Place: Winter Stories and Reciprocity

  • Grades: K – 12 and College
  • Availability: January 1 – March 18, 2020; Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Tour Length: 1.5 hours
  • Cost: $2.50/person
  • Group Size: 15+ students
Educators will pick one of three topics
Coyote Stories

Students will learn about the tradition of storytelling and take control of a narrative through an interactive storytelling activity. Students will gain insights into the Pueblo core value of reciprocity and bring the lesson to life by crafting a bird feeder to offer thanks to birds for their role in our lives.

Winter Stories

Students will learn about the tradition of storytelling and take control of a narrative by creating an image-based storytelling activity. Students will gain insights into the Pueblo core value of reciprocity and bring the lesson to life by crafting a bird feeder to offer thanks to birds for their role in our lives.

Stars and Constellations

Students will learn about Pueblo astronomy, including constellations, the night sky observations recorded at Chaco Canyon, and how changes in the night sky guide Pueblo seasons and planting. Students will gain insights into the Pueblo core value of reciprocity and bring the lesson to life by crafting a bird feeder to offer thanks to birds for their role in our lives.

Pueblo Pollinators

  •  Grades: K – 12 and College
  • Availability: March 19 – September 21, 2020; Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Tour Length: 1.5 hours
  • Cost: $2.00/person for groups of 15 or more
  • Group size: 15+ students

Students will spend time in our Resilience Garden learning about pre-European contact foods, agriculture, and the Pueblo seasonal calendar. Students will learn about pollinators and be given a journal and age-appropriate journaling assignment. Students will participate in a hands-on seed-matching game and learn about corn, the staple crop, through an interactive and detailed lesson. Museum tour included.

Pueblo Resources and Symbolism

  • Grades: 3 – 12 and College
  • Availability: March 19 – September 21, 2020; Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Tour Length: 1.5 hours
  • Cost: $2.00/person for groups of 15 or more
  • Group size: 15+ students

Students take a museum tour focused on the natural resources Pueblo people use. Guides discuss the symbolism used in the exhibitions themselves, as well as those seen on pottery and other art forms, plus the Pueblo seasonal calendar and its corresponding agricultural practices. Students will also learn about native plants used for food, medicine, and crafts. A fun painting activity will utilize natural resources for students to create their own work of art to take home.

Three Sisters

  • Grades: K – 12 and College
  • Availability: March 19 – September 21, 2020; Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Tour Length: 1.5 hours
  • Cost: $2.50/person for groups of 15 or more
  • Group Size: 15+ students

Students experience a guided museum tour and special presentation focusing on the Three Sisters: corn, beans, and squash. They will also learn about the plant life cycle, types of pollinators, stewardship, and engage in a hands-on planting activity they can take home with them. Students are encouraged to document and share the progress of their planting on social media with hashtags others can follow, and to share them with pride on the IPCC social media pages.

Butterflies, Planting & Reciprocity

  • Grades: K – 12 and College
  • Availability: March 19 – September 21, 2020; Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Tour Length: 1.5 hours
  • Cost: $2.50/person for groups of 15 or more
  • Group Size: 15+ students

Students learn about planting, the Pueblo core value of reciprocity, and the role butterflies play in nature and Pueblo culture. This thematic unit on butterflies will explain their life cycle, illustrate them as pollinators, and reveal the meaning behind the Pueblo Butterfly Dance. Students will make a butterfly from repurposed materials and create a take-home planting project to attract pollinators. Museum tour included.

Pueblo Pollinators

  • Grades: K – 12 and College
  • Availability: September 22 – December 31, 2020; Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Tour Length: 1.5 hours
  • Cost: $2.00/person for groups of 15 or more
  • Group Size: 15+ students

Students will learn about pre-European contact foods, Pueblo agriculture, and the Pueblo seasonal calendar. They will also learn about different types of pollinators and be given a journal and age-appropriate journaling assignment. Students will participate in a hands-on seed-matching game and learn about corn, the staple crop, through an interactive and detailed lesson. Museum tour included.

Pueblo Resources and Symbolism

  • Grades: K – 12 and College
  • Availability: September 22 – December 31, 2020; Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Tour Length: 1.5 hours
  • Cost: $2.00/person
  • Group Size: 15+ students

Students will be led on a museum tour, with particular attention paid to natural resources utilized by Pueblo people, and the recurring symbolism throughout the exhibits. An additional presentation will discuss the symbolism used in pottery and other art forms, plus the Pueblo seasonal calendar and its corresponding agricultural practices. Students will also learn about native plants used for food, medicine, and crafts. They will make a traditional-style shuttlecock to take home or learn the cultural “stick game.”

Three Sisters: Blue Corn Mama Dolls

  • Grades: K – 12 and College
  • Availability: September 22 – December 31, 2020; Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Tour Length: 1.5 hours
  • Cost: $2.50/person
  • Group Size: 30 students

Students will experience a guided museum tour and special presentation focusing on the Three Sisters: corn, beans, and squash. They will also learn about seed-saving techniques and make blue-corn mama dolls (sweet tamales) to eat or take home.

We Are of This Place: Winter Stories and Reciprocity

  • Grades: K – 12 and College
  • Availability: September 22 – December31, 2020; Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Tour Length: 1.5 hours
  • Cost: $2.50/person
  • Group Size: 15+ students
Educators will pick one of three topics
Coyote Stories

Students will learn about the tradition of storytelling and take control of a narrative through an interactive storytelling activity. Students will gain insights into the Pueblo core value of reciprocity and bring the lesson to life by crafting a bird feeder to offer thanks to birds for their role in our lives.

Winter Stories

Students will learn about the tradition of storytelling and take control of a narrative by creating an image-based storytelling activity. Students will gain insights into the Pueblo core value of reciprocity and bring the lesson to life by crafting a bird feeder to offer thanks to birds for their role in our lives.

Stars and Constellations

Students will learn about Pueblo astronomy, including constellations, the night sky observations recorded at Chaco Canyon, and how changes in the night sky guide Pueblo seasons and planting. Students will gain insights into the Pueblo core value of reciprocity and bring the lesson to life by crafting a bird feeder to offer thanks to birds for their role in our lives.

Plan your group visit around these upcoming events