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“Good diorama tells the four seasons for Pojuaque culture”

Poeh Cultural Center
Ranked #58 of 270 things to do in Santa Fe
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: In 1988, the Pueblo of Pojoaque established the Poeh Cultural Center as the first permanent tribally owned and operated mechanism for cultural preservation and revitalization within the Pueblo communities of the northern Rio Grande Valley. The facility itself resembles a traditional Pueblo village with its adjacent art studio buildings and outdoor gathering areas. The Center emphasizes arts and cultures of all Pueblo People with focus on the Tewa-speaking Pueblos of Pojoaque, San Ildefonso, San Juan, Santa Clara, Tesuque and Nambe. The Poeh is a place for us to share our Tewa culture with guests from other cultures through our exhibits and events, and guided interpretive tours of our exhibits, facilities and lands.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access
Reviewed 19 April 2017

This is a small museum with a big message. They are clear that what is included for exhibit is what the Pojauque Pueblo wants to exhibit, not a collection put together by an out of touch archivist. This was my second visit and I have confidence they are not opposed to tackling tough issues such as the abuse at the hands of some of the early missionaries. They have some ancient artifacts, but they also tell of the culture through the four seasons. There is a strong message about the water protectors. There is a no admission, but leave a donation for the future of this museum.

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Tina W, Manager at Poeh Cultural Center, responded to this reviewResponded 28 May 2017

Thank you for your review, Cyndy and Byron. We are glad that you enjoyed our exhibits. Thank you for your continued support and we hope to see you again​ soon!

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Reviewed 26 March 2017

We enjoyed a wonderful personal tour of this small museum by a locally resident of the reservation who gave us sincere insights into life and history there. The art and exhibits are great,.... you can spend as little as half an hour or as much as half a day there and leave with some new thoughts. Don't miss the modern sculptures in the adjacent pueblo, they are modern and touching.

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Tina W, Manager at Poeh Cultural Center, responded to this reviewResponded 28 May 2017

Thank you for your review, GKGoNiners. We are very proud of our tour guides and happy that you appreciate them as well. In addition to the guided tours of our museum exhibits, we also give guided tours of the Native American art at the Buffalo Thunder Resort located 1 mile south of us. The art at Buffalo Thunder reflects both traditional and contemporary methods of expression. We hope that you can see us again and maybe stop at the resort for an art tour.

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Reviewed 16 March 2017 via mobile

We loved this place. It is one of the best museums of its type we have ever visited. The historical perspective it provides of the Tewa speaking people is well presented by the beautiful dioramas. I believe the painter is M. Medina. Just wonderful perspective and so many fascinating details when you take a long look. Roxanne Swentzell's amazing sculptures add greatly to the imagery and message of the dioramas. (Her gallery is in the tower on the same property and should not be missed including the video of her talking about her work and commitment).

The museum is right along the hwy 84/285 just before the turn to Puye Cliffs and Bandalier. When we arrived, it looked closed, but we got out of the car to walk the property and found to our delight that both the museum and gallery were open.

In total, we spent about 2 hours here including an interesting talk with a staff gentleman about the issue of water rights for the surrounding areas as well as those facing the Standing Rock people. Terrific day!

Thank SACALosAngeles
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Tina W, Manager at Poeh Cultural Center, responded to this reviewResponded 28 May 2017

Thank you for the review, SACALosAngeles. We are so pleased that you and your friends enjoyed the cultural center. We love it when people take a chance to enjoy our grounds but we are also working on appearing more open. Your feedback is greatly appreciated. We hope that you will come and visit us again the next time you are in the area.

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Reviewed 19 January 2017

We truly have wanted to visit this interesting looking Museum. Every single time we go there, they are not open. The latest incident was for some kind of Holiday art show that was supposed to be scheduled...but when we finally arrived to an empty parking lot...there was a "closed" note on the door.

So I guess what I am saying here, is make sure you call or something before you make the long drive up there. As to the rating I gave, how do you rate a thing like that. Its probably a 5 star museum but if you cannot get in, 3 stars seems a tad excessive.

Thank MaryEllenM27
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Tina W, Manager at Poeh Cultural Center, responded to this reviewResponded 28 May 2017

Thank you for your review MaryEllenM27. I am so sorry that you and your guests have not found us open. We have updated our hours of operation: Monday - Friday from 9 am to 5 pm, and Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 4 pm. We try not to close during those hours with the exception of a bi-weekly staff meeting. You absolutely have the best piece of advice and we also encourage guests to call ahead if they are traveling a long distance to visit our cultural center. We have updated the phone number for the gift shop as there is always someone at that phone during business hours; 505-455-5041. Thank you again and we look forward to seeing you soon!

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Reviewed 6 January 2017 via mobile

Free admission to the museum. Donations appreciated. The exhibits tell the story of the Tewa-speaking pueblos (including this Pojoaque Puebla) in a very personal, first-person way. Nice examples of historic pottery - some recently reclaimed from the Smithsonian - and very informative descriptions. Worth about an hour visit.

Thank Michael R
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Tina W, Manager at Poeh Cultural Center, responded to this reviewResponded 28 May 2017

Thank you for the review, Michael. That was a very nice description of our exhibits. We hope that you will be able to visit us in October 2018 when we get another 99 pieces of pottery from the Smithsonian on indefinite loan.

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