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Native American museums offer online options

The east entrance of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C. (Judy Davis/Hoachlander Davis Photography)

As cabin fever sets in, some individuals may be bitten by the travel bug and get a case of wanderlust. But in these times of staying safe at home, travel isn’t an option; physical travel, that is.

Visiting museums is a way to see the world through art and culture. Most are closed now, but many Native American museums around the country found a solution to those closed doors: their collections of art, culture and artifacts readily available online for anyone to see.

Some can be accessed with just a click.

Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum

Although the Big Cypress museum is closed until further notice, Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki is active on Facebook and Instagram and updates its blog regularly. The museum has included interactive activities on its Facebook page, including a Seminole trivia quiz and has posted YouTube videos on Instagram, including one of the cypress dome behind the museum.

National Museum of the American Indian

NMAI has one of the most extensive collections of Native American art and artifacts from the Arctic Circle to Tierra del Fuego on the southern tip of South America. Its three locations are the main museum in Washington, D.C., the George Gustave Heye Center in New York City and the Cultural Resources Center in Maryland, but its online collection can be seen on every computer.

IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native American Arts (MoCNA)

Located in Santa Fe, New Mexico, MoCNA is dedicated to exhibiting, collecting and interpreting progressive works of art by contemporary Native American artists. Three paintings by Tribal member Mary Gay Osceola are included in its collection. The watercolor paintings are “Canoe with Man, Woman and Child” painted in 1966, “Two Women and Child” circa 1964-1966 and an untitled watercolor of a chickee village on the water painted in 1966.

Millicent Rogers Museum

Located in Taos, New Mexico, the museum has an important collection of Native American art, jewellery and pottery. The museum focuses on the collection of Southwest Native American and Hispanic artwork.

Heard Museum

The Phoenix, Arizona, museum features both traditional and contemporary Native American artwork. Its mission is to educate visitors about the arts and heritage of the Indigenous peoples of America and has earned an international reputation since it opened in 1929.

Denver Art Museum

The Denver Art Museum isn’t focused only on Native American art, but its collection includes nearly 20,000 pieces from nearly every tribe in the U.S. and Canada. To view the Native American collection, which is one of the largest collections in the world, click here:

Seneca-Iroquois National Museum

Also known as the Onöhsagwë:de’ Cultural Center, the Salamanca, New York, cultural center features interactive exhibits and collections about the daily life of the Iroquois from prehistory to today.

The Eiteljorg Museum

The Indianapolis, Indiana, museum was founded by businessman Harrison Eiteljorg and other civic leaders in 1989. Its mission is to inspire an appreciation and understanding of the art, history and cultures of the American West and the Indigenous peoples of North America.

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