The mission of
the Museum of Indigenous People is to instill understanding and respect for the indigenous cultures of the southwest.

Due to the COVID-19 situation, please check our website for updates.
We apologize for any inconvenience and look forward to your future visit.

MIP Health and Safety Statement


At the Museum of Indigenous People, we have taken enhanced actions to protect the health and safety of our visitors, volunteers, members, and staff. You must follow all posted instructions while visiting the museum campus.

An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, senior citizens, and others with underlying medical conditions are particularly vulnerable.

By visiting the Museum of Indigenous People, you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19.

Transmission Mitigation Instructions:


  • If you do not feel well, do not enter the museum or other buildings on the MIP campus.

  • All are required to wear face masks.

  • All are asked to maintain a six-foot distance between themselves and other individuals. Staff will limit the number of guests as needed.

  • All are encouraged to use hand sanitizer before and after touching objects and surfaces in the museum.

  • All tissues, gloves, and other trash must be thrown away in trash cans.

  • Cleaning and disinfecting strategies are continuously being conducted by museum staff. Please respect all efforts to keep each other healthy and safe.

Update June 22, 2020:



We are pleased to announce OUR FIRST ONLINE AUCTION!  Our Board Trustees have made it clear that our institutional priority is to keep everyone as safe as possible.  In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, we feel that this revised plan will provide buyers the opportunity to obtain unique weavings and artworks at the best prices in the southwest—something our museum’s auctions are famous for.


The postponed spring Navajo Rug & Indian Art Auction will be conducted online at an auction site, the link for which will be announced this week. Bidding will begin at 1 PM on Saturday, July 11th and bidding will close at 12 PM on Saturday, July 18th. To register as a bidder, go to the site link which will be provided.


In-person previews will be conducted by appointment only beginning Monday, June 29th.  Appointments will be scheduled for a limited number of people at a time and are in 30-minute increments.  If you wish to have more time, please request additional time slots. To schedule your appointment, call (928) 445-1230, extension 5, 10am to 4pm, June 22nd—June 26th. During all previews, masks and gloves MUST BE WORN AT ALL TIMES.  As always, the auction previews will be held in our Pueblo Building.


Our auction will feature 175 items that are currently viewable on our website at  We CAN NOT ACCEPT any additional consignments for this auction.  As always, we have an amazing selection of Navajo weavings as well as pottery, baskets, jewelry, carvings, and other wonderful items in this auction.


Auction winners will be notified upon the close of the auction, after noon on July 18th.  Winners MUST pick up their purchases the following week at MIP by appointment only, which we will schedule with you when you are notified of your winning bid. Please note that no shipping is available. While out-of-area bidders are welcomed to participate in the auction, if they have winning bids, they will need to arrange for someone to pick up their purchases on their behalf.

As always, winning bidders pay an additional 10% bidder’s premium at time of check-out, but there is no sales tax, as MIP is a 501(c)3 nonprofit.


Our auctioneers, R.B. Burnham & Company, are the facilitators of this online auction. The MIP extends gratitude to them, and to all our loyal members and friends for embracing this online format. We appreciate your support in these challenging times and wish you Happy Bidding!



The museum will reopen at 1 PM on July 22 with a new Special Exhibit and activities designed for family education and fun. Details will be announced soon, so check our website often. Please review the above Health & Safety Statement for protocol which all staff and guests will be required to follow.




Adult Prize - Sophia Thurman, entry #A26

Teen Prize - Gilbert, entry #Teen10

Junior Prize - Teagan, entry #J23

Tiny Tot - Lana, entry #TT01

Click HERE to view the wonderful variety of entries we received.





147 N Arizona Ave, Prescott, AZ 86301


T: 928-445-1230

F: 928-777-0573


1:00PM - 4:00PM

Monday - Saturday
10:00AM - 4:00PM


Natives, The Museum of Indigenous People Members, and children under 12 years of age are FREE.

Students with ID are $6.  Adults are $8.   |   Seniors (55 +) are $7.  |  Veterans $6.

The handicap parking area and the handicap entrance are at the back of the building.  Parking map click here.