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Museum of Indian Arts & Culture

710 Camino Lejo, Santa Fe, NM 87501
505-476-1250
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Ranked #9 of 109 attractions in Santa Fe
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Art Museums, Museums
Activities: City walk sightseeing
Description: This museum, which has a 42,000 piece collection, is a must for those interested in Indian culture.
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Thessaloniki, Greece
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5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

A well organised museum with various and different aspects of the Indian life, faith, tradition, beliefs. Many images & videos enrich the inscriptions. It was a chance for me to get acquainted more with Indian culture.

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New York City, New York
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184 reviews 184 reviews
120 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014 NEW

This is an excellent place to learn about southwestern Indian cultures, particularly the pueblo cultures and history. The visitor is guided to a timeline arrangement of spaces that starts with emergence from a cavelike setting (sort of hokey, but meant to represent emergence from the land, and you learn about geology and its effect on life and the arts, climate,... More

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Marblehead, Massachusetts
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115 reviews 115 reviews
44 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Excellent exhibits and wonderful gift shop. The staff do a terrific job in welcoming, explaining, and managing. This Museum is on the top 5 things to see in Santa Fe!

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San Antonio, Texas
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34 reviews 34 reviews
10 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

we spent most of a morning in the museum and were impressed with the quality and range of its displays

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Biloxi, United States
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Museum exhibits takes you from the earliest known Indians and their struggles to survive first with the Spanish then Franciscan Monks and later the settlers from Eastern US. Especially enjoyed learning of the Indians respect for the land, water and all animals

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Denver, Colorado
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54 reviews 54 reviews
14 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

It is not a huge museum, but if you enjoy Native American Art it is worth checking out. If you can get a multi-pass or discount offer (like at your accommodations while staying in town) it also makes it worthwhile. Some of the rooms are a little less well-lit as some have said. The docents present great info about the... More

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Southborough, Massachusetts
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14 reviews 14 reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

The building and the exhibits are beautifully done. Still, this museum is heavily "object oriented" and more explanation and interpretation would help those not already familiar with local native culture more and deeper understanding of the various nations. While the selections of objects are fairly comprehensive, a more anthropological approach, as opposed to an aesthetic approach, would lend more understanding.... More

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Sydney, Australia
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

This is a tribute to those who built this collection; it is engaging, informative and very real! A word of warning - allow at least 2 hours to fully explore and absorb the collection and information. The interpretive displays are masterful.

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New York City, New York
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24 reviews 24 reviews
17 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

The museum has an excellent display of Indian life, culture and art and is well worth visiting to understand more about the territories and peoples of the Southwest. Along with The Wheelwright Museum which had a wonderful multi-media display of a contemporary Navajo photographer , in the same complex at the top of what is called Museum Hill, you can... More

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Pittsburgh
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90 reviews 90 reviews
36 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

We enjoyed the many beautiful displays in this museum. I must say that I also enjoyed the experience of beating on the large drum in the music room! This museum offers a great opportunity to connect with the Native American culture.

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