Museums of Santa Fe Walking Tour (Self Guided), Santa Fe

Museum Hill, on the southeast side of the city, contains several museums devoted to Native American and international folk art. Take this self-guided tour to discover the culture and traditions of Native Americans.
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Museums of Santa Fe Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Museums of Santa Fe Walking Tour
Guide Location: USA » Santa Fe (See other walking tours in Santa Fe)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 6
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.0 Km or 1.2 Miles
Author: sabrina
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian
  • Museum of International Folk Art
  • Museum of Indian Arts and Culture
  • Museum of Spanish Colonial Art
  • Santa Fe Children's Museum
  • Bataan Memorial Military Museum and Library
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Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian

1) Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian (must see)

The Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian is a museum devoted to Native American arts. It is located in Santa Fe and was founded in 1937 by Mary Cabot Wheelwright, who came from Boston, and Hastiin Klah, a Navajo singer and medicine man.Wheelwright and Klah were introduced in 1921 and quickly became close friends.It was not long before they determined to create a permanent record of Klah’s and other singers’ ritual knowledge. Klah dictated and Wheelwright recorded the Navajo Creation Story and other great narratives that form the basis of Navajo religion. Klah participated in yet another way: he was a weaver, and his huge tapestries were also permanent records of sandpaintings.By the early 1930s, it was clear to Wheelwright and Klah that a museum would be necessary to realize their goals.It had to offer the public an opportunity to sense the beauty, dignity, and profound logic of Navajo religion. Their chosen architect, William Penhallow Henderson, based his design on the hooghan (the hogan), the traditional Navajo home and the setting for Navajo ceremonies.

The museum’s earliest names were the Navajo House of Prayer and the House of Navajo Religion, but, soon after it opened to the public, its name officially became the Museum of Navajo Ceremonial Art. In 1977 the Museum repatriated several Navajo medicine bundles and other items to the Navajo people. With the repatriation of 1977, the museum changed its name to the Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian. It maintains growing, world-renowned collections that document Navajo art and culture from 1850 to the present, displaying changing exhibitions on traditional and contemporary Navajo and other Native American arts.

Operation hours: Monday – Sunday: 10 am – 5 pm

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Museum of International Folk Art

2) Museum of International Folk Art (must see)

The Museum of International Folk Art is a state-run institution in Santa Fe. The museum was founded by Florence Dibell Bartlett and opened to the public in 1953 and has gained national and international recognition as the home to the world’s largest collection of international folk art. The collection of more than 135,000 artifacts forms the basis for exhibitions in four distinct wings: Bartlett, Girard, Hispanic Heritage, and Neutrogena.

The Girard Wing, with its popular exhibition, Multiple Visions: A Common Bond, showcases folk art, popular art, toys and textiles from more than 100 nations. The collection includes toys and dolls, costumes, masks, textiles of all kinds, religious folk art, paintings, beadwork, and more. More than a million visitors have passed through the doors into the special world of Girard since the exhibition opened in 1982. The Museum’s Neutrogena Collection — donated by former Neutrogena CEO Lloyd Cotsen in 1995 — comprises more than 2,500 textiles, ceramics and carvings from all over the world. The Hispanic Heritage Wing opened in 1988 and underwent renovation, reopening in the fall of 2009. It continues the spotlight on Hispanic folk art from New Mexico and beyond. The Bartlett Wing, named in honor of museum founder Florence Dibell Bartlett, offers rotating exhibitions based on the museum collections and on field studies of specific cultures or art forms. Exhibition in this wing have ranged from Turkish, Tibetan and Swedish traditions to New Deal era art in New Mexico,recycled objects, mayólica.

Operation hours: Tuesday - Sunday: 10 am – 5 pm; May - October: Monday - Sunday: 10 am - 5 pm

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Museum of Indian Arts and Culture

3) Museum of Indian Arts and Culture (must see)

The Museum of Indian Arts and Culture is a museum of Native American art and culture located in Santa Fe. It is one of eight museums in the state operated by the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs and is accredited by the American Association of Museums as part of the Museum of New Mexico system. The museum and its programs are financially supported by the Museum of New Mexico Foundation. Anthropologist Edgar Lee Hewett founded the Museum of New Mexico in 1909 with a mission to collect and preserve Southwestern Native American material culture. Several years later, in 1927, John D. Rockefeller founded the renowned Laboratory of Anthropology with a mission to study the Southwest's indigenous cultures. In 1947 the two institutions merged, bringing together the most inclusive and systematically acquired collection of New Mexican and Southwestern anthropological artifacts in the country.

The Laboratory's collection continued to expand but was largely unavailable to the general public for lack of adequate exhibition facilities. In 1977, the New Mexico legislature appropriated $2.7 million for the design of a new Museum of Indian Arts & Culture. The MIAC opened ten years later in 1987. Object collections at the Museum of Indian Arts & Culture include typological collections of Southwestern textiles, pottery, baskets, jewelry, contemporary art, and artifacts chronicling the everyday life of New Mexico's long period of human habitation.

The Museum has the responsibility to care for and maintain all artifacts excavated on state-owned land. Its Archaeological Research Collection contains artifacts numbering between 5 and 10 million.

The Museum of Indian Arts & Culture is open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm. During the summer months, from Memorial Day through Labor Day, the Museums are also open Mondays from 10am-5pm. The Museum is closed on New Year’s Day, Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day holidays.

Operating hours: Tuesday – Sunday: 10 am - 5 pm

Summer: Memorial Day - Labor Day: Mondays: 10 am – 5 pm

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Museum of Spanish Colonial Art

4) Museum of Spanish Colonial Art (must see)

This museum, a classic model of Spanish Colonial architecture, is located in the same complex as the Wheelwright Museum and the Museum of International Folk Art. It houses religious paintings on wood, religious sculptures, textiles, metalwork and furniture.

Operation hours: Summer: Monday - Sunday: 10 am - 5 pm; Winter: Tuesday - Sunday: 10 am - 5 pm
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Santa Fe Children's Museum

5) Santa Fe Children's Museum (must see)

The Santa Fe Children's Museum is a fun place for the whole family, offering visual arts activities that will engage children’s minds in a creative learning environment. Special events include puppet shows, magicians and other live performances. Its greenhouse invites guests to discover the local flora.

Operation hours: Tuesday,Friday,Saturday: 10 am-5 pm; Wednesday: 9 am- 5 pm; Thursday:10 am- 6 :30 pm; Sunday: 12 pm- 5 pm.
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Bataan Memorial Military Museum and Library

6) Bataan Memorial Military Museum and Library

Located in the old Armory, the Bataan Memorial Military Museum and Library was opened by members of the New Mexico National Guard to honor the memory of the 200th Coast Artillery Regiment, who fought in the Philippines, were captured and spent many years in captivity. It also contains a collection of historical documents, books and publications.

Operation hours: Tuesday - Saturday: 10 am - 4 pm

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