The history of New Mexico stretches back thousands of years, and most of that history can be retraced through art. The Museum of Indian Arts and Culture in Santa Fe tells the stories of Southwest natives through contemporary art and educational programs. The museum is also one of the 4 Museum of New Mexico establishments and accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. Whether you are a lover of art, history, or just in search of something fun to do in Santa Fe, your time will be well spent at this fascinating museum.
From historic sites and galleries just like the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, there are many ways to explore the history of Santa Fe. You’ll find most of these sites plus much more in our free Chimayo Vacation Guide! Be sure to download yours today!
About the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture
Each year, more than 65,000 visitors enter the doors of the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture. The museum hopes to inspire an appreciation for knowledge of diverse native arts, languages, histories, and culture through their exhibits and programs. During your visit, you’ll be able to explore state-of-the-art exhibits that display the anthropology and archaeology of the Greater Southwest. There are also informative programs and tours available for those who wish for a more in-depth experience.
Into the Future: Culture Power in Native American Art (Now – October 22, 2017): This artistic exhibit features some of today’s most popular pop culture characters with a Native American twist. Favorites such as Spongebob Squarepants, Pac-Man, and Curious George will be present along with over 100 objects from more than 50 artists.
Oblique Views: Archaeology, Photography, and Time (Now – May 7, 2017): In 2007 and 2008, photographer Adriel Heisey leaned out the door of his light plane and re-photographed some of the Southwest’s most recognized archaeological sites that Charles Lindbergh had photographed nearly 100 years before. The same images from both photographers will be displayed side-by-side and compared.
The Buchsbaum Gallery of Southwestern Pottery (Long-Term Display): Over 6,000 ceramic pieces call the museum home, and you’re invited to explore the history of their creators from prehistoric periods. The gallery will feature each of the Pueblos of New Mexico and Arizona in a section of pieces that represented their culture along with an evolving contemporary section.
Here, Now and Always (Long-Term Display): This major exhibition was created after 8 years of collaboration among Native American elders, artists, scholars, teachers, writers, and museum professionals. It tells the stories of the Southwest’s oldest communities, and how each generation has taught the next throughout history. Their stories will guide you through galleries filled with the tools and treasures of the people that once occupied the Southwest.
More Santa Fe Museums You Must Visit
The Museum of Indian Arts and Culture is just the beginning! While you’re in Santa Fe, you won’t regret taking the time to visit these museums as well.
If you will be spending time in multiple museums in Santa Fe, we highly recommend investing in a New Mexico Culture Pass!
Museum of International Folk Art: Consistently rated as Santa Fe’s favorite gallery, the Museum of International Folk Art houses more than 150,000 artifacts from all over the world. The goal of this museum is to foster an understanding of the traditional arts and to illuminate human creativity.
Wheelwright Museum of the American Indians: This museum is the oldest non-profit and independent museum in New Mexico. The exhibits contain a variety of fascinating items that were used by the American Indians including pictorial textiles, Southwestern jewelry, and native art.
New Mexico Museum of Art: In 1917, the museum began as a simple gallery before becoming a Santa Fe visitor favorite. From photography, paintings, and authentic Southwestern artwork, there’s always something new and interesting to see.
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