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Museum of Contemporary Native Arts
Ranked #34 of 261 things to do in Santa Fe
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Owner description: Unique Native American art museum.
Sydney, Australia
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124 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed May 23, 2013

Unique museum with wonderful exhibitions of contemporary works, especially those by students at the Institute of American Indian Arts of which MoCNA is a centre. I was lucky enough to visit when the works of final year IAIA students were on show, including works both of Native North Americans and other artists interested in learning in a Native American context. The works evoked humour, sadness, grief and hope - a totally engrossing experience. Excellent shop with a wide range of books, jewellery, artworks and gifts. Helpful and informative staff.

Visited May 2013
Thank Julie S
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New Canaan, Connecticut
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177 reviews
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“Worth a Quick Visit”
Reviewed May 13, 2013

The ourdoor sculpture court is a lovely place to sit while viewing contemporary work. The current exhibitions when I visited were worth a quick walk-through. The gift shop is excellent; I bought a number of Christmas ornaments, restrained myself from getting any jewelry. Good book selection.

Visited May 2013
Thank Elizabeth M
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Fort Myers Beach, Florida
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330 reviews
100 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 174 helpful votes
“Sculpture Garden Great For Photos”
Reviewed April 16, 2013

The inside of the museum itself seemed to be bereft of anything of interest. We looked at a painting on the wall and said, "You've got to be kidding!" So we almost immediately made our way to the sculpture garden just outside the museum.This was where we spent our time snapping photos of one or two of us standing beside the various Indians depicted in stone. In the bright sunlight the pictures came out so well that we used them in cards and calendars that we created after we returned from the trip to Santa Fe.

Visited September 2012
Thank Linda C
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Los Ranchos de Albuquerque
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39 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Very Impressive!”
Reviewed April 8, 2013

Fantastic collection of Contemporary Native American Arts! Visit all the art museums and compare the Spanish Colonia to Native American, etc. Fantastic experiences! Great place to visit! So much for everyone to see! Staff is always helpful! I have been here several times over the years.

Visited February 2013
Thank El-Viador
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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“Museum of Contemporary Native Arts a Must See Museum”
Reviewed March 20, 2013

Santa Fe has a lot of museums and enormous history, but don't miss the museum dedicated to what's going on in present time with Native artists in New Mexico. Located right on the plaza across from the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis, MoCNA currently has an exhibition called "Thicker than Water" that is a mixed media exhibit that is quite eye opening in it's focus on what it takes to be enrolled in a tribe, people who are clearly Native who have been forced out for a blood line considered insufficient, and the line of memory and culture that define a people.

There are other wonderful installations, but what was most moving to me was the incredible film called "Moccassins and Microphones" — as the website says, " a documentary film by Cordillera Productions, explores the fascinating world of a dynamic team of indigenous youth writers from the Santa Fe Indian School (SFIS) in New Mexico. Led by teacher and poet Timothy McLaughlin, the SFIS Spoken Word Program." This had me by the heart, stirring tears at the beauty of the art of storytelling these young artists brought to life—and have brought to national and international audiences. Give yourself the 45 minutes to watch this film while visiting MoCNA—one of the most inspiring stories I've seen in a long time.

Sunday at the museum (like many others) is free for New Mexico residents, and admission is otherwise very reasonable for visitors. Museums are not just for history, but very much for spotlighting our incredible present time stories and arts!

Visited March 2013
1 Thank Marielle O
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