A Brief History of the Albuquerque Museum Foundation


September 7, 1967 – The Museum of Albuquerque opened its doors inside the Old Albuquerque Sunport as a municipal museum managed by the City of Albuquerque.

1968 – The Museum Association of Albuquerque incorporated to provide private support to the municipal museum. The Albuquerque Museum Foundation, as it is now known, is an independent nonprofit corporation, whose funding supports the museum's exceptional exhibitions, educational programs, and acquisitions.

1968 – La Tienda del Museo — now known as the Museum Store — became an integral part of every museum visit. Proceeds support programs and events at Albuquerque Museum.

1990 – The Award of Distinction was established to honor an individual who has served the Albuquerque Museum and/or the Albuquerque Museum Foundation in an outstanding leadership capacity.

1991 – Miniatures and More was the brainchild of artist and art patron Betty Sabo and became the most important fundraiser for the Albuquerque Museum Foundation.

1992 – The Magic Bus program fund raises to provide free bus trips to the Museum, a docent-led tour, and a hands-on art project for Albuquerque Public School elementary classes. During its first year, 4500 students rolled in on more than 70 big yellow buses.

2008 – Batten House. Albuquerque Museum Foundation moves its headquarters to the historic Juan Cristóbal Armijo “New Homestead.”  The property was given to the Albuquerque Museum Foundation through the Lucia v.B. Batten Trust.

2010 – See You Online. Albuquerque Museum Foundation published a website to inform the public about membership, giving opportunities, events, and general information.

2013 –The Robert Wertheim Award of Distinction. After his passing in 2013, the Award of Distinction was renamed in honor of Robert Wertheim, an advocate for the Museum and a dedicated member of the community.

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2018 – ArtsThrive: Art Exhibition & Benefit. 27 years after Miniatures and More established itself as the Foundation's most important fundraiser, it refreshed its identity to become known as ArtsThrive. This sale of juried art by contemporary and traditional artists for sale demonstrates the close relationship between the Museum, artists, art collectors, and patrons.