Santa Fe is brimming with deep-seated history and culture. In fact, some of the main reasons to visit Santa Fe include the bounty of museums, chapels, and natural wonders in the area. The Museum of Indian Arts and Culture is one of the best places to learn about the native peoples of the Southwest’s art, culture, and diversity. Request our free Vacation Guide to complete your Santa Fe itinerary based on our finest recommendations!
What to See at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture
The city’s relatively low population paired with its endless list of things to do and see makes for the perfect spot for those wanting diverse, rich experiences in a homey setting. Santa Fe has won numerous awards for its endless, top-rated things to do. Staying with us will round out your getaway with accommodations adorned with Santa Fe flare. Make your visit to the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture your first or last stop of the day as it’s located just six minutes from us.
Take a Tour with an Expert
The Museum of Indian Arts and Culture offers daily docent tours aside from their exhibits and special events. These tours are led by experts on the diversity of the Native Southwest and its inhabitants. You can walk in and take a tour, but be sure to call ahead and make sure one of the museum’s volunteer docents is on staff to guide you. They also offer guided group tours for visitors wanting a more interactive experience. The docents that lead these tours are specially trained on the diverse history, culture, and art of the native people. Be sure to pre-schedule your tour of the museum’s permanent and special exhibits.
Archaeological Pottery Project
Part of the museum’s mission is to tell the story of the Southwest’s Native American people from the earliest documentation through the present. But they can’t do it alone. The museum collaborates with the Native American’s on various projects to ensure accuracy. This is also to expose visitors to first-hand truths about Native American life and culture that they may not otherwise know.
Something you may not know is the importance of pottery in the Southwest. When we think of pottery, we typically think of decor pieces. But pottery hasn’t always been a table centerpiece. Pottery has been created and used by natives as early as AD 400 for practical uses. According to experts, these include, “food preparation and storage, interaction and trade.” The Archaeological Pottery Project features thousands of ceramic pieces that show 1,600 years of craft.
Rent the Venue
Consider renting one of the museum’s indoor or outdoor venues if your trip to Santa Fe includes a special event or if you plan to meet up with friends. The enchanting Sculpture Garden is decorated with Southwestern art and can accommodate up to 15 guests. This would be ideal for a vow-renewal reception or anniversary party. Check with the venue and bring bottles of wine from your favorite Santa Fe wineries to sip while you admire your surroundings.
Let El Farolito Host Your Southwestern Getaway
The Museum of Indian Arts and Culture is sure to leave you craving more incredible art! Be sure to visit the Wheelwright Museum during your stay with us. Come back to any one of our eight rooms after an exciting day of exploring Santa Fe.
Stay in our Galisteo Room and experience more Native American craft with the decor and wooden, four-post, king-size bed frame that was made locally. This room also opens up to a private garden for you and your guest to reminisce about your day in this amazing city. Check out all of our accommodations and book your trip today!