Devoted to Native American art and culture, the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture features more than 70,000 Native American artifacts and exhibits such as the Buschbaum Gallery of Southwestern Pottery with almost 300 vessels crafted by artists in New Mexico and Arizona. Current exhibitions include A New Century: The Life and Legacy of Cherokee Artist and Educator Lloyd “Kiva” New with a collection of photos, documents, and objects.
For an in-depth exploration of the life and works of American artist Georgia O’Keeffe, be sure to make time for a stop at the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum. Situated in Downtown Santa Fe, the museum (opened in 1997) gives visitors a comprehensive overview of the Wisconsin-born artist’s life with a short historic film, and a large collection of more than 3,000 works including oil paintings, landscapes, and drawings.
Recalling the Pueblo Spanish Revival style of 300-year-old missions in Acoma, the New Mexico Museum of Art has an extensive inventory of decorative arts (think Santa Fe style armchairs and a chest by Jesse Nusbaum) sculpture, paintings, and textiles. Built in 1917, the museum now offers exhibits such as Small Wonders with a selection of 19th-century photography. After a day of museum-hopping, grab an authentic New Mexican meal on the Plaza, or comb a long line of art and jewelry galleries.