The Museum displays spectacular collections of Navajo and Pueblo jewelry, Navajo textiles, Pueblo pottery, Hopi and Zuni katsinas as well as basketry of the western Apache.
A highlight is the special collection of pottery illuminating the art and life of famed San Ildefonso Pueblo potter Maria Martinez. Traditional Hispanic culture is well depicted by extensive collections of religious and secular arts, textiles and furniture.
The Museum tour begins in the Museum’s Introductory Gallery, where you will see the famous portrait of Millicent taken in 1948 by Louise Dahl Wolff for Harper’s Bazaar. This Gallery holds a collection of pieces from different parts of the museum collections to give you a taste of the variety of exhibits you will see on your tour. Read more
Gallery two features Native American and Hispanic textiles from the museum’s permanent collection. The 19th century was characterized by dramatic change and innovation in the textile traditions of the Navajo, Pueblo, and Hispanic peoples of the Southwest. Weavers were influenced by Spanish settlers, the arrival of the railroad, and the introduction of commercial yarns and dyes. There are Chief’s Blankets, Blankets with Indigo dye yarns, and Ikat dyed weavings, on display in this gallery. Read more
Gallery five features the museum’s Native American jewelry collection. Most of the jewelry on display in this room was hand picked by Millicent herself on trips throughout Indian Country. Millicent was a passionate collector who assembled a stellar, 1,281 piece collection of Navajo and Zuni silver and turquoise, Hopi silverwork, and Pueblo stone and shell jewelry during the late 1940’s and early 1950’s, when fine late-19th and early 20th century work could still be found. Read more
For centuries, religious icons have helped worshipers focus on devotion to their faith. As intercessor and ally, Nuestra Senora has become one of the most powerful and popular of all religious icons in New Mexico. These images from the Museum collection are examples of those most frequently found in Northern New Mexico. Read more