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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 year's series of lectures and artists presentations will be held over three weeks in August at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture on Museum Hill. This popular program provides an opportunity to meet and learn about Native American Artists and arts through talks, tours of our exhibits, or behind the scenes with MIAC curators, scholars and artists.

Reservations are required for all Breakfast with the Curators presentations. Tickets cost $35/ $30 MNMF members (MNMF members attend all four breakfasts for $100), museum admission is included. Please call (505) 982-5057 or vivist the MIAC shop in person to purchase your tickets. Reservations are required and seating is limited.

Let's Take A Look

Every Third Wednesday of the Month.

During this time, curators from The Museum of Indian Arts and Culture and The Laboratory of Anthropology are in the lobby of MIAC to look at your treasures. These curators will attempt to identify and explain any artifact or historic object presented to them. They prefer to work with objects from the Southwest but are willing to take a look at anything that is brought in. If they can not identify an object an attempt will be made to find someone who can. Sometimes, the discussion among the curators may become as much or more informative than the identification of the artifact 

The event is always free and open to the public. 

Breakfast with the Artists

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

Sunday Lecture Series

This  free series of  talks given once a month, during the fall, winter and spring; highlights topics related to our ongoing or upcoming exhibits, or other areas of interest. Talks take place at 2pm in the museum theater. Seating is limited, so come 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 podcasts 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 & culture are a fun, interactive way for seniors to learn about the Southwest's Native cultures and share their own knowledge and memories about art.