If you find yourself in Albuquerque, New Mexico, take the short trip to Los Ranchos and visit the Unser Racing Museum. Unlike a lot of car collections, the Unser Museum is actually a museum that uses modern technologies to educate and immerse the visitor in the exciting world of motosports. You can take a guided tour and learn about the Unser family history from the early days of racing from Pikes Peak and Indianapolis, including a racing simulator and interactive kiosks with details on many of the cars.
The museum staff is friendly and knowledgeable and I had a great time talking with them about the histories of the various cars on display—and display they are with state of the art lighting that creates dramatic lighting, so photographers will want to shoot at higher ISO settings.
After some experimentation I used ISO 6400, which was the highest for the Canon EOS Rebel T3 I brought with me. One of the treats of my visit was to actually get a chance to meet and talk with Al Unser Sr. who was working in the museum that day. The car he won his last Indy 500 race is just behind us.
The museum was expanded to include an annex that contains more racing history, cars, and memorabilia. The annex contains fully restored antiques, from Indy 500 pace cars along with some rare race cars. There’s also a trophy room filled with thousands of unique items, a library spanning the history of racing, original artwork, and lots more!
The Unser Museum is located at 1776 Montaño Road NW Los Ranchos de Albuquerque, NM 87107. 505-341-1776
Winter Hours: Nov 1 to Apr 30 – Open Fri-Sun 10:00am to 4:00pm
Summer Hours: May 1 to Oct 31 – Open Daily 10:00am to 4:00pm
Admission: Adults $10, Seniors & Military $6, Kids under 16 are free