Museum of Indian Arts & Culture

Summer of Color is New Mexico True

Museum of Indian Arts & Culture

710 Camino Lejo, Santa Fe NM 87505


Phone | (505) 476-1269

Hours:  The Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm. The Museum is closed on New Year’s Day, Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day holidays. During the Summer months, from May through October, the museum is open each day from 10am-5pm, including Mondays.

Admission:  Admission to the Museum of Indian Arts & Culture costs $6 for New Mexico residents and $9 for non-residents; Guided or self-guided options are both available; •Schedule your FREE  guided school group visit by contacting our education department; Children 16 and under are always admitted FREE; Sundays are FREE for New Mexico residents with ID; •Wednesdays are FREE for New Mexico resident seniors with ID; Museum members are always admitted FREE.


Through its collections, research, and exhibitions the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture inspires appreciation for and knowledge of the diverse native arts, histories, languages, and cultures of the Greater Southwest. MIAC opened in 1987. It is immediately adjacent to the Laboratory of Anthropology, founded in 1927 by John D. Rockefeller with a mission to study the Southwest's indigenous cultures and boasts the most inclusive and systematically acquired collection of New Mexican and Southwestern anthropological artifacts in the country. On permanent view is Here, Now & Always, a groundbreaking exhibition that tells the rich, complex, and diverse stories of Native Americans in the Southwest through their own words and some 1,300 objects drawn from the Museum's collections.

Exhibitions on view during Summer of Color 2015:

Turquoise, Water, Sky: The Stone and Its Meaning is the museum’s Summer of Color premier exhibition and highlights the Museum’s extensive collection of Southwestern turquoise jewelry and presents all aspects of the stone, from geology, mining and history, to questions of authenticity and value. Hundreds of necklaces, bracelets, belts, rings, earrings, silver boxes. Through May 2, 2016

Indian Country: The Art of David Bradley, on view are 32 works of art spanning his career, including paintings, mixed media works, and bronze sculptures. Through January 16, 2016

Courage and Compassion: Native Women Sculpting Women, The exhibition features figures of women sculpted by seven American Indian women artists. It is the first exhibit of its kind featuring leading American Indian Women sculptors of 20th and 21st centuries. Most of the ten works on view will be in the museum’s outdoor Roland Sculpture Garden. Through October 19, 2015

Footprints: The Inspiration and Influence of Allan Houser honors the hundredth birth year of Allan Houser with this exhibition of his sculptures and those of thirteen Native American artists whose lives he changed forever. Larry Ahvakana, Don Chunestudey, Cliff Fragua, Craig Dan Goseyun, Rollie Grandbois, Bob Haozous, Phillip Mangas Haozous, Doug Hyde, Oreland Joe, Tony Lee, Estella Loretto, Bill Prokopiof and Robert Shorty. Through June 1, 2015

Heartbeat: Music of the Native Southwest, over 100 objects relating to Southwestern Native dance and music are featured, including a flute made by Grammy award-winning artist Robert Mirabal of Taos Pueblo. Collectively used for indigenous ritual performance, the drums, flutes, rasps, rattles, and clothing featured in the exhibition convey a richly layered message. Music, too, is integral to the ceremony—it is more than accompaniment for the dancers; each song is a prayer providing a pathway to the here and now and to the worlds beyond. Through September 8, 2015

 The Buchsbaum Gallery is a permanent exhibition that features each of the Pueblos of New Mexico and Arizona in a selection of pieces that represent the development of a community tradition. In addition, a changing area of the gallery, entitled Traditions Today highlights the evolving contemporary traditions of the ancient art of pottery making regions.