Message from Mary -

Museums are places of connection. They connect us to the past, to place, to culture, and to each other. The Museum of Northern Arizona has provided connections – between art and science, land and culture, people and places, and much more – for 93 years.  Although the past 20 months have been the most challenging of MNA’s long history, with your generous support, we have continued to provide connections to our community and beyond. If you believe, as I do, that these connections are vital as we continue to face the challenges of the pandemic, I would be honored if you would support MNA with a year-end gift.  

As a way of giving back to the community, we will be offering free entry to the museum during the annual Winter Market on December 11 and 12. I hope you will take the opportunity to visit and connect with us. We have missed you throughout the pandemic! 

We are honored by your continued investment in the museum. Your support has been essential to MNA’s survival, and now, you can help us to thrive as we imagine a new world, forever changed by the events of the past two years.  

Thank you for your ongoing generosity, and I wish you a happy and healthy holiday season. 

Warm wishes,

Mary Kershaw
Executive Director & CEO
Museum of Northern Arizona
Winter Hours: Open Wednesday through Sunday
Starting in December, the museum will be closed Mondays and Tuesdays
Purchase admission tickets online.
People of the Tall Pines
Nov. 27, 11 am and 1 pm
Stemming from the Hualapai Nation, the People of the Tall Pines will perform traditional social dances at MNA and tell stories related to their culture. This collective of dancers and singers will also describe their connections to their ancestors and community.
This performance will be streamed on Facebook and a limited number of tickets are available to attend this special performance in person. Buy 11 am tickets here. Buy 1 pm tickets here.

Inside MNA's Fine Art Collection
Dec. 10, 2 pm on Facebook Live
See inside MNA's Fine Art Collection with Hopi artist Abel Nash. Nash is a versatile artist whose art often uses pottery symbols, katsina designs, and other references to his Hopi culture. Nash will discuss aesthetics, symbolism, and the history of MNA’s extensive Hopi artwork collection. This is part of a series exploring MNA collections from unique perspectives. Watch live on Facebook.
Winter Market
Dec. 11 & 12, 10 am - 4 pm
Member preview on Dec. 11, 9 am - 10 am
Support and celebrate the rich cultural and artistic traditions of working artists on the Colorado Plateau. Hosted inside the Museum of Northern Arizona, not only is this a great opportunity to find the perfect holiday gift, it is also an important opportunity to support local Native artists whose income has been impacted by the pandemic.
Grand Canyon Talk: Sunlight
Dec. 13, 3 pm on Facebook
Sunlight drives biological production in terrestrial and most aquatic ecosystems. However, large deep canyons like Grand Canyon are light-limited, affecting many of its physical and biological properties. In this talk MNA’s Biology curator, Larry Stevens will provide a presentation on the role of solar radiation on Canyon species and ecosystems. This is one in a series of monthly talks about Grand Canyon science. Watch past talks at the MNA Youtube channel .
Family Fridays: Scarlet Macaws
Dec.3 at 2:30 pm via Facebook Live
Colorful macaws show up in art and archaeological sites on the Colorado Plateau. Learn about these fascinating birds, their role in American Southwest culture, and meet some live macaws. Past Family Friday programs are found in the Family Friday playlist on the MNA YouTube channel. These programs are supported by APS.
These tracks were discovered in November 2020 at a construction site just a couple miles down the road from the museum. The prints are preserved in red sandstone from the Moenkopi Formation, which is estimated to be early to middle Triassic in age (252 to 235 million years). Now they are on view in the Jaime Major Golightly Courtyard.
Inspired and empowered by the dramatic landscapes of the American Southwest, women took the lead in developing the arts of the region from 1900 to 1940. This exhibition highlights the pottery, photographs, paintings, and drawings of six women artists: Nampeyo, Kate Cory, Mary-Russell Ferrell Colton, Nora Lucy Mowbray Cundell, Harriet Morton Holmes, and Lillian Wilhelm Smith
Created more than a decade ago by Hopi artists Michael Kabotie and Delbridge Honanie, these large-scale paintings tell a story of the human journey through cycles of chaos and discord to places of wholeness and balance. Watch a gallery tour with Dr. Kelley Hays-Gilpin and Ed Kabotie, read about the exhibit in Mountain Living, then make plans to come see the exhibit.
Weaving history
The book Spider Woman's Children offers an intimate view into the life of today’s Navajo weavers that will inspire and surprise. Written by fifth-generation weavers, it illustrates the beautiful and complex world of contemporary Navajo life, art, and family. The Museum Giftshop is a perfect place to find special gifts, including books, pottery, weavings, baskets, and jewelry.
This turquoise and silver stamped barrette by Diné artist Jeanette Dale would look lovely holding back the long tresses of someone you know. Dale learned jewelry-making from her mother, Juanita Begay. Every purchase from the Giftshop directly supports MNA and the artists we feature. Shipping is easy and you can shop online anytime, or visit during museum hours. Remember, members get a discount on most items!
Give a gift that keeps on giving
A membership to MNA makes a great gift for family, friends, and neighbors. It's simple to give and comes with your choice of gift card. They'll get a year of access to all the museum exhibitions, programs, and events. And you get to support MNA!
Select Museum of Northern Arizona to support MNA with every purchase when you buy through Amazonsmile.