In 1996, the Southwest Indian Foundation set up shop in the old Santa Fe Depot and created a cultural center to help educate visitors and locals on the history of Gallup, New Mexico. This center would become an inspiring source of information on local culture, both past and present. The Southwest Indian Foundation hopes for the Gallup Cultural Center to help create pride in local communities, a powerful and important trait for a community to have.
Whether you are a local or just visiting, obtaining new knowledge about a rich community is a fun, productive way to spend the afternoon. The Gallup Cultural Center is located on Historic Route 66, conveniently within walking distance of many nearby shops. Enter the historic Santa Fe Depot to find exhibits on silversmithing, weaving, trains and even Route 66 itself.
After the exhibits have increased your interest in traditional native art, stop by the gift shop, open from 8 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday. There you will find local Native American art, like jewelry or music. All of the proceeds from the gift shop go towards educational programs at the cultural center. Afterwards, be sure to stop by Angela’s Cafe, where you can take a load of and enjoy a latte before exploring the rest of Gallup.