Adult Programs

The Museum of Indian Arts & Culture offers opportunities for life-long learning in Southwestern archaeology and Native American Art. Through lecture series, short courses, and hands-on workshops, the museum's educators, curators, and research associates interpret Native American art, culture, and the incomparable collections of the Laboratory of Anthropology.

Breakfast with the Curators

This popular program provides an opportunity to meet curatorial staff and learn about Native American artists and arts through talks, tours of our exhibits, or behind the scenes visits with MIAC curators, scholars, and artists.

Reservations are required for all Breakfast with the Curators presentations. Tickets cost $35/ $30 MNMF members; museum admission is included. Please call (505) 476-1269 or visit MIAC in person (during business hours, M - F, 10am to 5pm) to reserve your spot. Please ask for Angela, or Monica. Reservations are required and seating is limited.

Let's Take A Look

Every Third Wednesday of the Month.

During Let's Take a Look, curators from The Museum of Indian Arts and Culture and The Laboratory of Anthropology wait in the lobby to look at your treasures. They will attempt to identify and explain any artifact or historic object presented to them. While our curators prefer to work with objects from the Southwest, they are willing to take a look at anything you might bring in. If they can not identify an object an attempt will be made to find someone who can! Sometimes, the lively discussion among curators may provide as much insight as an accurate object identification itself.

The event is always free and open to the public, but please note Federal and State regulations prohibit the monetary appraisal of objects.

Breakfast with the Artists

The Breakfast with the Artists program is a very special breakfast and presentation with the annual MIAC Living Treasure artist Honoree. The program is usually scheduled the Wednesday before our annual Native Treasures Indian Arts Festival held on Memorial Day weekend.

Weekend Lecture Series

Free lectures are offered semi-monthly with topics related to our ongoing or upcoming exhibits, or other areas of interest. Talks are in the Museum theater, and seating is limited, so plan to arrive early. Museum Admission is free for New Mexico residents with ID on Sundays. You can listen to many of these talks on our website. Many of the lectures of this past years series are available as audio recordings at podcasts or on our youtube channel as videos.


Begun in the summer of 2004, the ElderWISE outreach program includes recurring monthly presentations at assisted living and retirement facilities in Santa Fe. These informal presentations on topics related to Native American art and culture are a fun, interactive way for seniors to learn about the Southwest's Native cultures and share their own knowledge, passion, and memories of Native art.