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Indian Pueblo Cultural Center reopens


(Courtesy of the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center)

The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center has reopened to the public.

Visitors can once again tour the museum, stroll the courtyard and shop at the Indian Pueblo store from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Sunday at the IPCC located at 2401 12th Street NW. The last entry into the museum is at 3 p.m. Tickets for the museum and courtyard must be purchased in advance, online on the IPCC website.

(Courtesy of the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center)

The cultural center’s restaurant, Indian Pueblo Kitchen, is open for dine-in and patio seating. Curbside pick-up is also available. The restaurant offers breakfast and lunch from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday through Sunday, according to an IPCC news release.

“We look forward to sharing the menu for our exciting new dining concept,” Chef Ray Naranjo is quoted saying in the news release. “With unique, Pueblo inspired dishes and our famous hospitality, we will offer a cultural and culinary experience that customers can’t find anywhere but at IPCC.”

Executive chef Ray Naranjo (Courtesy of the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center)

During its closure, the IPCC reimagined its restaurant to become Indian Pueblo Kitchen. The restaurant’s menu features indigenous foods and recipes by executive chef Ray Naranjo (Santa Clara Pueblo, Odawa). In the near future it will become a teaching kitchen and offer cooking classes, wine pairing dinners, Feast Day meals and farm-to-fork dining, according to the news release.

“We are thrilled to reopen our doors and welcome the public back with in-person cultural, shopping and dining experiences,” Mike Canfield, President and CEO of IPCC/Indian Pueblos Marketing, Inc. states in the news release. “Guests will, once again, be able enjoy the museum, our courtyard with works by Native artists and artisans, the Indian Pueblo Store and our newly reimagined restaurant, the Indian Pueblo Kitchen.”

Over the past year, the IPCC has converted many of its educational and cultural programs to virtual events. The cultural center plans to continue many of the programs as virtual events or as hybrid programming with in-person and online components.

“People are eager to partake in the unique cultural experiences that only IPCC can offer,” Beverlee J. McClure, IPCC/IPMI vice president of cultural and community engagement, says in the news release. “We are truly grateful for the public’s support over the past year, as many have enjoyed our virtual programming and have contributed to the Pueblo Relief Fund, our joint initiative with the All Pueblo Council of Governors. We are excited that we can now reengage with everyone in person.”

(Courtesy of the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center)

All IPCC campus businesses including the cultural center are NM Safe Certified and have implemented heightened COVID-safe practices to protect the health and safety of guests and employees.

“Though our hours and operations will be a little different, we are committed to providing a safe, enjoyable experience for members of our Pueblos, New Mexico residents and visitors,” Canfield states in the news release.

For more information about IPCC’s COVID safe practices, reopening plans, and museum or courtyard tickets, visit

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