Programs & Education

The Museum of Indian Arts and Culture provides a variety of educational programs for adults, families, and organized groups.


Currently we are in a transition phase and will be scheduling tours on a limited basis. Please contact Marita Hinds, Director of Education for more information, 505-476-1272,

MIAC welcomes groups who wish to visit its exhibits. For the best experience, it is important for students as well as teachers, group leaders, and chaperones to know what to expect and what is expected of them. These guidelines will help ensure a safe, enjoyable and productive learning experience for all.


  • Please be responsible for your group. It is vital that you know who is in your group, including knowing the number of students and number of adults. Always accompany your group and do not wander off to other areas.
  • Help your students learn. On guided, docent-led tours, docents will be posing age/grade - appropriate questions with the students' needs in mind. Please allow the students to answer the questions and refrain from answering yourself. Though we appreciate your enthusiasm, please help make the quality of the students experience our shared priority.
  • We encourage teachers to visit the Museum prior to your visit so that you can prepare in advance. Teachers typically create a student worksheet tailored to the Museum's exhibitions.
  • Please review Museum Manners (below) so that everyone's Museum experience will help make for a smooth and enjoyable visit.


  • Please do NOT bring backpacks, beverages or food.
  • Always stay with your group.
  • Please silence your cell phones, and refrain from having conversations during a guided tour.
  • Always walk (never run) in the Museum, Milner Plaza and anywhere in front of the Museum.
  • Please do not lean on exhibit displays.
  • Indoor voices are the best. Remember, there will likely be other people coming to visit and enjoy the Museum just like you.
  • Please do not touch objects or press buttons in the galleries unless instructed by the docent to do so. (We do use many hands-on objects and props.)
  • Remember to ask questions!

Most educational programs are provided free of charge WITH regular museum admission. They include docent-led tours, major festivals, programs for schools and groups, lectures series, outreach presentations, and special events.

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.
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Programs for Schools and Groups
Art kits distribution on Saturday, December 18, 2021 from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. We will be set up in the museum lobby for distribution! HOLIDAY ORNAMENT ART KIT DISTRIBUTION
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Education Resources
Here are a group of resources to support learning at home, including curricula.
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Docent Tours
Tours of the Museum of Indian Arts & Culture are an excellent introduction to the complexity and diversity of the Native American cultures of the Southwest. Docent-led tours of the museum's exhibitions are offered daily to visitors and by advance arrangement to organized groups.
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Native Arts and History Outreach Project
The Native Arts and History Project serves the underserved Native American children and teachers in Santa Fe county and surrounding areas by offering resources and education staff for collaborative school site projects. The purpose of the program is to develop projects and curriculum of cultural significance and relevancy to the Southwest.
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Online Resources
The Museum of Indian Arts and Culture produces online exhibitions illustrating themes and ideas related to Native American material culture and periodically makes recordings of museum programs available here.
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