Museum of Indian Arts and Culture

Museum of Indian Arts & Culture Announces Re-opening, New Exhibits, and Extended Days of Operation

May 10, 2021


After weeks of being closed, the Museum of Indian Arts & Culture (MIAC) will re-open its doors to the public on May 16, 2021. Located on Museum Hill in Santa Fe, the Museum will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week.  

Visitors will have the opportunity to view the work of MIAC’s 2020-2021 Living Treasure, Kathleen Wall (Jemez Pueblo). On view through March 6, 2022, “A Place in Clay” showcases Wall’s techniques, which have been passed on from generation to generation. Wall’s art draws constant inspiration from her family and community, and her work reflects the beauty of her home in Jemez Pueblo. 

“Clearly Indigenous: Native Visions Reimagined in Glass,” on exhibit through June 16, 2022, is a two-pronged exhibition that focuses on how Native artists have melded ancestral ways with new methods and materials in glass. The exhibit will feature works from 29 Native American artists and four Pacific Rim artists from New Zealand and Australia, as well as seminal glass artist Dale Chihuly. 

Located in the Lloyd Kiva New Gallery, “Why We Serve: Native Americans in the Armed Forces is an exhibition on loan from the National Museum of the American Indian located in Washington, D.C. On view through June 2021, Why We Serve”honors the generations of Native Americans who have served in the U.S Armed Forces – often in extraordinary numbers – since the American Revolution. 

The Buchsbaum Pottery Gallery of the Southwest is currently closed due to renovation. The popular “Here, Now and Always” (HNA) exhibition is also closed for construction through summer 2022. HNA was originally launched in 1997, and now, two decades later, will undergo a critical process to conserve objects on long-term display.  

The Colleen Cloney Duncan Gift Shop is open for in-person shopping, though customers can still shop online at 

Performance spaces and theaters, libraries, classrooms, and collection areas remain closed until further notice. The public will not have access to coat checks, lockers, or backpack/purse storage, nor the use of rental equipment such as headsets, portable speakers, strollers, etc.unless required for ADA accessibility. Public programs, special events, and volunteer/docent activities will continue in virtual formats only. Reduced occupancy might result in a wait to gain entry. While queuing for entry, visitors should observe social distancing. Visitors will be required to wear a mask or multilayered face covering. 


About the Museum of Indian Arts & Culture
The Museum of Indian Arts & Culture is a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs, under the leadership of the Board of Regents for the Museum of New Mexico. Programs and exhibits are generously supported by the Museum of New Mexico Foundation and our donors. The mission of the Museum of Indian Arts & Culture/Laboratory of Anthropology is to serve as a center of stewardship, knowledge, and understanding of the artistic, cultural, and intellectual achievements of the diverse peoples of the Native Southwest.   


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