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Museum of Contemporary Native Arts

108 Cathedral Place, Santa Fe, NM (Downtown)
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Ranked #23 of 109 attractions in Santa Fe
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Natural History Museums
Activities: Leisure education
Description: Unique Native American art museum.
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New York City, New York
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36 reviews 36 reviews
15 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

Wonderful contemporary exhibit of American Indian artists when we visited, including objects on loan from the Smithsonian. They also support local Native artists working today and it was easy to spend some money to take home quality native artists' work in the gift shop.

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Racine, Wisconsin
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111 reviews 111 reviews
43 attraction reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

The bulk of the exhibits were focused on some excellent contemporary prints, but we enjoyed the exhibit of baskets the best.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

a Must See! Beautifully displayed, well put together shows, the theatre was comfortable, good acoustics, gift shop had wonderful art to purchase

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Panama City Beach, Florida
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33 reviews 33 reviews
13 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Worth seeing but I felt the exhibits could have been expanded. There is so much art within the area it just seemed a little sparse.

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28 reviews 28 reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

The gift shop is overflowing with culture and art, there's something for everyone at this museum. This museum is constantly changing with student work from the old IAIA to the newer works of today. Free for Native Americans and only a small fee for other visitors, worth the time and small donation. I highly recommend this museum.

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43 reviews 43 reviews
9 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

Got lucky as they were having some type of group discussion so part of the museum was unavailable so they allowed us in at no charge and invited us to sit in. Very interesting & enjoyable.

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Seattle, Washington
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87 reviews 87 reviews
42 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

I enjoyed this museum so much that I decided to purchase a membership. You can support the work of the museum even if you are a visitor and the cost to join is less. I think it was $50 for the year for 2 people. This is a lovely museum with changing exhibitions of Native art. Beautiful courtyards and a... More

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London, England, United Kingdom
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66 reviews 66 reviews
20 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2014

I was delighted to see this fine gallery dedicated to the American Indian Arts. I very much like the element of surrealism I see in many of the artists and the creative use of colour.I also purchased a lovely book at the museum shop entitled "Native American Wisdom". It is such a great honour to see the culture and art... More

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Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2014

This is another of Santa Fe's great museums. In fact, I'd rate the best of the bunch. The artwork is fascinating and the displays are carefully conceived. It was one of the highlights of our trip.

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53 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014

Although not the best museum we've ever visited, it is certainly worth including to get an overview of native arts. Easily seen in an hour or so and should be included.

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