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Visitor Information

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Plan Your Visit

Regular Season Hours

May 1 to October 31
Open daily (including holidays)
Monday - Saturday 10am - 5pm, Sunday noon- 5pm.

Winter Hours

Only open weekends in November noon-5pm. The museum is closed to the general public from December 1 through April 30, however winter tours may be available for groups of ten or more. Please call us to arrange a time and date.  Keep in mind that there is a minimum $50 charge for smaller groups with less than 10 participants.

General Information

Guided tours for the public daily from 12:00 - 3:00 pm.

Educational tours available by reservation.

Self-guided tours of galleries available all day.

Self-guided tours of Medicine Woods available all day

For winter tours, call us at 603-456-2600 Mon to Fri.

 

Directions

 

Our museum is located in the town of Warner, New Hampshire. The map below shows you our location only a few miles off Interstate 89. The Town of Warner has a number of shops including other museums.

 

Directions from I-89:

From either exit 8 or 9 take Route 103 to the center of Warner, turn up Kearsarge Mountain Road. After one mile turn right onto Highlawn Road. Turn right into the second driveway. 

Admissions

 

Tickets are available inside the Museum

Members - Free

Adults - $9.00

Seniors/Students - $8.00

Children 6 - 12 - $7.00 (children under 6 - no charge)

Families (2 adults & children under 18) - $26.00

Native Americans - Free

10% off admission with your AAA or AARP membership card!

Guest passes are always available for purchase. Perfect for your gift list!

* Guest passes, Groupons, or any discount passes are not valid for any special events, school tours, or other prearranged group tours.

 

Collections & Exhibitions

MKIM’s collections include thousands of beautiful Native-made objects now housed in the main building, plus the plants growing in the Medicine Woods, and the trees growing in the Janeway Arboretum. We teach students and visitors that many of the Native-made objects inside the museum come from the resources – trees, roots, grasses, berries, stones, and animals – of the outdoors.

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Inside the museum, there is the Main Gallery, the Contemporary Art Gallery, plus special lobby exhibits. The Main Gallery was established when the Museum opened in 1991, and was set up by Bud and Nancy Thompson. It is arranged in a circle, and divided into geographical regions of North America, with an emphasis on their different environments. There may be 100 or more different tribes in each of those regions, and the collections on display are the art and craft of those tribes.

Over the years we have painted the gallery walls, added murals, and made adjustments to highlight new objects, but the basic idea started by Bud and Nancy remains the same -- it is to help the visitor see the beauty in Native-made objects, and to try to imagine the world-views of the maker.

The Contemporary Art Gallery is an area for members of the Native community to create exhibits of contemporary Native art. Each year, two members of the Native community guest-curate new exhibits. This year (2017), the two exhibits are “The Persistence of Identity,” guest-curated by Lynn Murphy (Abenaki) and runs through August 24, and “Alnobak: Wearing Our Heritage,” guest-curated by Vera Longtoe Sheehan (Abenaki) which will open in September.

The Contemporary Art Gallery started in 2012, exhibits have included: Beading is Breathing, Containers, Reading Native Art, Giona Sezoha G’dakinna – We Paint Our Land, All My Relations, Tatoos, Protection & Warmth, and more.

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Lobby Exhibits

This year, MKIM lobby exhibit is on Newt Washburn Basketmaker.

When Washburn was about eight years old, he began to learn to make baskets.  “Dad showed us how to get if off the log…. Then it was up to Mother….Mother started me out with a flat-bottom (basket).  Then we went to round baskets.  

As the last Sweetser basket maker, Washburn was in a unique position.  Many of the people who bought his baskets were eager to learn to make them, but at first he didn’t want to violate the tradition of never teaching basketmaking outside of the family.  Not sure how to proceed, he went to his aunt and asked her for advice.  “Am I going to let it drop or teach it?”  “Well,” she said, “we never did.”  “I know it.  If someone doesn’t, the art is going to go.”  “Well,” she said, “use your own judgment.”  Gradually, Washburn accepted young people who wanted to work with them, and over the years he taught more than 80 apprentices.

With thanks to four different donors who, over the past several years, have entrusted MKIM with Newt's tools and baskets, as well as stories of his apprentices. 

Check back regularly for more updates on new collection pieces and exhibits!