SANTA FE—The Museum of Indian Arts & Culture (MIAC) on Museum Hill in Santa Fe remains closed due to emergency repairs. The museum will reopen to the public at 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 3.
The Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, a division of the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs is located on Museum Hill the Museum of Arts & Culture at 710 Camino Lejo off of Old Santa Fe Trail. As the 19th century closed, one of the Southwest’s major “attractions” were its vibrant Native American cultures.
In response to unsystematic collecting by Eastern museums, anthropologist Edgar Lee Hewett founded the Museum of New Mexico in 1909 with a mission to collect and preserve Southwest 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.
Museum exhibitions and programs supported by donors to the Museum of New Mexico Foundation and its Director’s Leadership Fund, Exhibitions Development Fund, and Fund for Museum Education. www.indianartsandculture.org.
The Museum of International Folk Art on Museum Hill and Museum Hill Café are open normal hours, as are all other Department of Cultural Affairs museums. For more information: www.nmculture.org.