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Museum of Contemporary Native Arts

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Address: 108 Cathedral Pl, Santa Fe, NM 87501-2027
Phone Number: 505-988-6211
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Unique Native American art museum.

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This is a nice facility in a beautiful building in downtown Santa Fe. I really enjoy modern and contemporary art and there were several exhibits with some beautiful pieces. The... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
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Tulsa, OK
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Tulsa, OK
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is a nice facility in a beautiful building in downtown Santa Fe. I really enjoy modern and contemporary art and there were several exhibits with some beautiful pieces. The museum is small and the galleries on the second floor are small, but the art is stunning. There's a small gift shop at the entrance that contains mostly local artists.... More 

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Eindhoven, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I like IAIA - MoCNA. I particularly like the current retrospective exhibit of the works of Rick Bartow. The exhibit is entitled: Things You Know But Cannot Explain. It is a retrospective since the artist passed earlier this year. I like his use of color, of shape, of various media. The results are visually and mentally challenging. Enjoy at MoCNA... More 

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Piermont, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We happened upon this museum. It was already after 6 PM, but it was open for a reception and we were invited to come in (for free, no less!). Really interesting work by a number of contemporary native artists. Definitely worthwhile!

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Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Very nice facility with a wide range of native art. We didn't care for the new collection -- it was full of ugly images and weird sculptures.

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Arlington, VA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 233 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2016

We were pleased with the IAIA museum. Admission was less expensive than the other museums near the Plaza and the exhibition space is comparatively small, so f you only have a short period of time, this is a good choice. They display Indian art from all over the US, including the Northwest. They have sculpture and murals accompanied by helpful... More 

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Philadelphia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2016

Alas, we went when much of the museum was closed. But, we were given free admission and thoroughly enjoyed seeing the 3 galleries that were open. Excellent gift shop and I hope to return when the entire museum is ope.

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Champaign-Urbana, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2016

This small museum connected to the Institute of American Indian Arts is well worth the time, and located right off the plaza. It's more cutting edge than some of the other Santa Fe museums, with some very interesting installations and mixed media pieces. In July 2016, most local museums had something related to Lloyd Kiva New because of the 100th... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2016

Thought this would be over the top with great exhibits, mostly fabrics and drawings from inuits, what happen to the local native arts.

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2016

This is a very small museum that is located in the heart of Santa Fe, just opposite the Cathedral Basilica. The exhibits are from some well known and many unknown Native American artists, some of whom are, or were, students and graduates of IAIA. Of particular interest is a very large sculpture (Not Afraid to Look) by a graduate of... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2016

Probably overlooked by most visitors to Santa Fe, this is a small, relaxed museum with a focus on contemporary Native American artists, revealing that not all Native artists work in silver and turquoise.

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