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We Call Them Conference Educational Experiences

MPMA’s Host Committee has organized half and full-day experiences so attendees can see how New Mexico sites apply history, art and science to their interpretation. These experiences are educationally oriented and designed to enhance your session and workshop training.  Walking shoes are recommended.

Pre-registration is required, must show ticket to board bus.

Tours are scheduled for Sunday, September 22, 2019 and Wednesday, September 25, 2019.  Come early or stay later and take one of the many Tour options available!

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Sunday, September 22, 2019

All Day Tours

T1: GEORGIA O’KEEFFE SITES IN SANTA FE

Bus departs hotel at 8:00am. Returning to conference hotel by 4:15pm.

Pre-registration required. Conference Registrants $45 /Non-Registrants $55

Limited to 12 people. Lunch on your own.

For this full-day experience, visit Santa Fe for a tour of the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, which houses the works of the internationally renowned artist. Then, drive to the village of Abiquiu for lunch at the Abiquiu Inn (on your own) and visit O’Keeffe’s home and studio for a private tour. Normally closed to the public on Sundays, this breathtaking property is a National Historic Landmark.

T2: THE VERY LARGE ARRAY AND NEW MEXICO TECH MINERAL MUSEUM

Bus departs hotel at 8:30am. Returning to Conference hotel by 5:30pm.

Pre-registration required. Conference Registrants $60 / Non-Registrants $70

Limited to 54 people. Lunch included.

Visit the Very Large Array Observatory, including a guided tour of the control building, along with the Astronomical Lyceum antique telescope collection in  Magdalena and the New Mexico Tech Mineral Museum in Socorro.

T3: THE ACOMA PUEBLO

Bus departs hotel at 8:00am. Returning to Conference hotel by 4:15pm.

Pre-registration required. Conference Registrants $45 /Non-Registrants $55 

Limited to 54 people. Lunch on your own.

Discover one of the longest continuously inhabited communities in the current day United States on a tour of Acoma Pueblo, a community built atop a sheerwalled, 367-foot sandstone bluff west of Albuquerque. The Acoma people have been living here since 1150 AD and are renowned for their pottery making. The day trip includes visits to the pueblo’s cultural center and mesa top and lunch on your own at the Y’aak’a Café (“y’aak’a” is Keresan for “corn”).

T4: MEOW WOLF AND MUSEUM HILL IN SANTE FE

Bus departs hotel at 9:00am. Returning to Conference hotel by 4:00pm.

Pre-registration required. Conference Registrants $45 /Non-Registrants $55

Limited to 54 people. Lunch on your own.

Experience the talk of the museum world with two incredible, immersive experiences in Santa Fe. First, visit the Meow Wolf artist collective, get a private introduction by their staff, and get lost for a little while. Have lunch on your own at one of their on-site food trucks. Then, take a quick drive to Museum Hill where you can visit any of the five Museum Hill Partners—The Museum of International Folk Art, the Museum of Indian Art and Culture, the Santa Fe Botanic Garden, the Wheelwright and/or the Museum of Spanish Colonial Art.

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Half Day Tours in the Afternoon

Pre-registration required. Conference Registrants $35 / Non-Registrants $45

T5: ALBUQUERQUE BIOPARK AQUARIUM AND BOTANIC GARDEN

Bus departs hotel at 1:45pm. Returning to Conference hotel by 5:15pm.

Limited to 12 people.

Get an insider’s look at the ABQ BioPark Aquarium and Botanic Garden.  Start your tour at the top of the shark tank to get a gull’s eye view of sharks, sea turtles, and stingrays. Next, discover the amazing world of arthropods backstage at the BUGarium before exploring the beautiful gardens.

T6: ALBUQUERQUE BIOPARK ZOO

Bus departs hotel at 1:45pm. Returning to Conference hotel by 5:15pm.

Limited to 12 people.

Your wild day at the ABQ BioPark Zoo begins at the polar bears’ den, where you’ll have front row seats for a training session. Next, you’ll feed the lemurs their favorite snack as they leap around (and on!) you. After that, you’ll tour the newly opened Penguin Chill exhibit and have time to see other exhibits as you wish.

T7: ROUTE 66 TROLLEY TOUR

Leave the hotel at 3pm. Returning to conference hotel by 5:15pm.

Limited to 40 people.

Join this exciting tour, led by Deb Slaney (former Curator of History at the Albuquerque Museum and curator of an exhibition on Rt. 66). Take a step back in time and explore the area.

T8: ANDERSON ABRUZZO INTERNATIONAL BALLOON MUSEUM

Bus departs hotel at 2pm. Returning to Conference hotel by 5pm.

Limited to 12 people.

Tour the permanent exhibits of this one-of-a-kind museum with a veteran docent and balloon pilot. Experience a cold or static inflation of a remote-controlled balloon, demonstrations of a drone flight, meet pilots, and participate in a flight simulator. Surprises may be in store.

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