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Poeh Museum, Santa Fe

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4.5/5 based on 20+ reviews on the web
The Poeh Museum is a museum in Pojoaque, New Mexico, U.S.A. The museum is located off U.S. Route 84. It is devoted to the arts and culture of the Puebloan peoples, especially the Tewas in the northern part of the state. It was founded by Pojoaque Pueblo in 1987, and is housed in the Poeh Center. The museum organizes changing exhibitions, and is a large repository of permanent artifacts and programs. The museum has run the Oral Histories Documentation, which is part of the Museum's records, which involved participation of 38 Tewa elders providing stories about their lives; the information is available in both Tewa and English.LocationThe building is located off of Highway 84. It is near Pojoaque Pueblo's Cities of Gold Casino and Hotel, and about from Santa Fe.HistoryThe museum was established in 1987 by the Pojoaque Pueblo. Its mission is to promote the work of Pueblan artists and the culture of Pueblan people from pre-European period to the present age. Construction on the Poeh Center, where the museum is currently housed, started in 1992 with gaming revenue, and was completed in 2003. Funding was also provided for the museum's development by the Pojoaque Pueblo Construction Services Corporation, the New Mexico State Legislature, the Bay Foundation, the New Mexico Youth Conservation Corps, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Joyce Begah-Foss served as curator in the 1990s, while Vernon Lujan has served as director in the 2000s.
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  • We discovered the Poeh Cultural Center by accident when we went to visit Roxanne Swentzell's adjacent Tower Gallery--and were so glad we did. The permanent exhibit in the Poeh Museum offers a history ...  read more »
  • As a visiting Curator from Canada I was told to visit this place after a private tour of the Wainwright...very much worth the trip to see traditional culture inspiring new young artists. Love the clas...  read more »
  • Wow! What a great blending of old and new - the interpretive centre gives the story of the local culture and history while the art gallery shows the modern collective creativity. While we were there a...  read more »
  • This museum was a real treat to visit! Our family thoroughly enjoyed the exhibits, and the staff was SO friendly! The artwork was extremely engaging, and we liked being able to walk to different areas to explore, like the courtyard where sculptures were in progress. I purchased a small marble sculpture for sale, and everyone who sees it comments on how incredible it is. Our only regret is that we don't live in the area to attend their classes and workshops.
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