Santa Fe Museum Hill Tour

Santa Fe Museum Hill Tour

Drive Date:  Thursday & Saturday, April 26 & 28, 2018

Distance:  99.9 miles (round trip)

Estimated Total Time of Tour:  6 hours


Museum Hill is about 2 miles (8 minutes by car) from the Santa Fe Plaza and boasts four world-class museums as well as beautiful Botanical Gardens. Not every visitor takes the time to venture out that way to see these museums. We want to take you to one of our favorites.


The Museum of Indian Arts and Culture is dedicated to an accurate and culturally sensitive presentation of southwestern Native American cultures. It was built in response to the unsystematic collecting of regional art by East Coast museums. The Museum was founded in 1909 with a mission to collect and preserve Southwestern Native American material and culture. Several years later, in 1927, John D. Rockefeller founded the renowned Laboratory of Anthropology with a mission to study the Southwest's indigenous cultures. In 1947, the two institutions merged, bringing together the most inclusive and systematically acquired collection of New Mexican and Southwestern anthropological artifacts in the country. We have arranged for our own docent-led tour.


Lunch follows at the Thunderbird Grill and Bar. Located on the Santa Fe Plaza, this restaurant is a favorite of both locals and tourists alike. It has a great view (2nd floor), and we’ll be in a perfect spot to start exploring Santa Fe right after the meal. There are museums and shopping all around the Plaza. The Georgia O’Keefe museum is just three blocks away, about a 10-minute walk. 

08:15 - Meet Time

09:00 - 10:00 Drive to Museum Hill (with pit stop)

10:00 - 12:00 Museum Hill

12:00 - 12:30 Drive to the Basilica parking lot, short walk to the Thunderbird Restaurant

12:30 - 13:30 Lunch at Thunderbird

13:30 - 15:15 Free time in Santa Fe

15:15 - 16:00 Return drive to the Tamaya


The tour officially ends after lunch. You are welcome to stay in Santa Fe for as long as you wish. For those who want to return to the Tamaya together, tour leaders will depart the Basilica parking lot at 3:15 pm.


Tour Miester Note: Although the drive to Santa Fe is for the most part on an interstate highway, the view out of your front windshield is New Mexico high desert with morning sun, while in your rearview mirror you see a line of Porsches.  That’s certainly a nice view, so grab your navigator and enjoy Museum Hill…a part of Santa Fe that most never see…and enjoy the Plaza!


Museum of Indian Arts and Culture/Laboratory of Anthropology:

Georgia O’Keeffe Museum:

New Mexico History Museum:

Thunderbird Bar & Grill: