Dedicated to the study and advancement of Hispanic arts and culture through music, theater, multi-media exhibits, the literary arts, and education, the National Hispanic Cultural Center provides venues for visitors to explore Hispanic way of life throughout the world.
A project built on 50 acres in the traditionally Hispanic Albuquerque neighborhood Barelas, the site is near the celebrated Camino Real and the Rio Grande, and was a historical crossroads between Mexico and New Mexico. The architecture of the NHCC clearly speaks to the history and culture of the hispanidad, recalling styles from Spain, the ancient Mayans, and a renovated hacienda from early New Mexico. The careful design accommodates a wealth of programs in the visual, performing, media and literary arts. It is part of the State of New Mexico’s Dept. of Cultural Affairs, along with seven other state museums and six state monuments, and sponsors two literary awards, the Premio Aztlán Literary Prize established in 1993 by Rudolfo and Patricia Anaya for emerging Chicana/o writers, and the National Hispanic Cultural Center Literary Award, awarded biennially to an author whose body of work has become influential. And this is the home of arguably the best music event in the world: ¡GLOBALQUERQUE!
The National Hispanic Cultural Center houses the famed Albuquerque Journal Theater, widely considered the very best venue in Albuquerque, with 700 seats, state-of-the-art acoustics and an on-going list of performances that includes stellar talents such as Jesus Munoz Flamenco, New Mexico Philharmonic Orchestra, and Zappa Plays Zappa. Bookmark the calendar by following this link.
A word about M-Tucci’s Cocina Grill: Latin flavors make delicious delights! M-Tucci’s takes its tone from its surroundings, and serves “Nuevo Latino” cuisine, with recipes from New Mexico, Latin America, and the Caribbean. The outdoor kitchen is the centerpiece of the restaurant, featuring our 40 square foot Argentinian Parilla, underground pits for buried Peruvian and Mexican “BBQ,” and a rotisserie with a variety of roasting meats and vegetables. M’Tucci’s Cocina Grill has intentionally been created to be the perfect stop while you’re enjoying NHCC, but many patrons come for the restaurant alone.
Building a legacy for future generations, the National Hispanic Cultural Center nurtures and showcases the beauty and complexity of the Latino culture. From the magnificent painting in the torreon to the impressive exhibits to world-class concerts, theater performances, and festivals, Latino culture and identity are fully celebrated. Special note: The memorial the the Mexican War veterans is well worth a moment’s meditation.