Gallup Cultural Center

Gallup, New Mexico

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Housed in the historic Santa Fe Depot, the Gallup Cultural Center in Gallup, New Mexico offers programming, exhibits, and arts that celebrate Gallup’s history and the neighboring Native American cultures.

The Gallup Cultural Center is housed in a two-story, stucco building that originally served as the local headquarters for the Santa Fe Railway. The building was constructed in 1918 and expanded in 1923 when an adjoining structure was added on to become a Fred Harvey hotel and restaurant complex, “El Navajo.” Sadly, much of that original hotel was demolished when Route 66 was widened in 1957.

In 1996 the city of Gallup renovated the property to turn it into the Gallup Cultural Center. Operated by the Southwest Indian Foundation, it was set to be a town square where the local community and visitors could gather to learn about and celebrate the rich traditions of the area.

Exhibits here are spread across two wings and two floors of the depot. Explore the Storyteller Museum with displays dedicated to Navajo Code Talkers, southwestern art treasures, Route 66, and the Fred Harvey Girls. Find artwork, artifacts, sand paintings, photographs, and more that explore these topics close to the area. There’s even Kiva Cinema, a tiny theater that screens films about Chaco and the Four Corners region.

Outside of the center be sure to look for the popular sculptures that serve as landmarks for Gallup. One is a statue of Navajo Chief Manuelito made by Tim Washburn. The other is a 12-foot bronze statue called “Navajo Code Talker” by Navajo/Ute sculptor Oreland Joe.

You can also visit the on-site restaurant, Angela’s Cafe, for a hand-crafted sandwich, fresh salad, bowl of soup, or cup of coffee or Juniper Bakery on the first floor, which specializes in gourmet cookies and other bakery items.

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Gallup Cultural Center in Gallup, New Mexico

Gallup Cultural Center

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Address:
201 E Hwy 66, Gallup, NM 87301

Hours:
10:00am - 4:00pm (Monday-Friday)
Closed (Saturday-Sunday)

Cost:
Free, Donations Accepted

Phone Number:
(505) 728-8048

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Gallup Cultural Center in Gallup, New Mexico
Gallup Cultural Center in Gallup, New Mexico
Gallup Cultural Center in Gallup, New Mexico
Gallup Cultural Center in Gallup, New Mexico
Gallup Cultural Center in Gallup, New Mexico
Gallup Cultural Center in Gallup, New Mexico
Gallup Cultural Center in Gallup, New Mexico
Gallup Cultural Center in Gallup, New Mexico
Gallup Cultural Center in Gallup, New Mexico

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To make the most of your visit to the Gallup Cultural Center in Gallup, New Mexico, here are some things to know before you go.

  • Free lot parking is available in Gallup. Park and explore!

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Historic El Rancho Hotel

One of the best motels on Route 66, Historic El Rancho Hotel is located close to this Route 66 attraction. Sleep where the stars have at this 1940s hotel that has hosted some of Hollywood’s biggest movie stars and makers, including Robert Mitchum, Elia Kazan, Spencer Tracy, Katherine Hepburn, William Holden, Billy Wilder, Kirk Douglas, Gregory Peck, Troy Donahue, and more. Photos of the stars are peppered throughout the intricately designed property and each room is themed with a star’s photo and information.

Sands Motel

Sands Motel is a budget-friendly classic Route 66 motel in Grants, New Mexico. The vintage motel has carpeted floors, cable TV, microwaves, mini refrigerators, and WiFi.

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