After major renovation the Native American Gallery reopened to the public September 1, 2010. Initially opened in 2000, as part of the capital expansion program started in 1991 the gallery was the sixth permanent installation devoted to the story of the American West showcasing the Museum’s permanent collection. The original implementation of the Native American Gallery was made possible through a generous grant from the late Robert Stuart, then a member of the Board of Trustees.
Initial funding from the Noble and Dogwood Foundations, and from the National Endowment of the Arts provided the catalyst for renovation of the gallery, which reopened after three months of work. Nearly 190 individual cultural items are now on display more than doubling the original installation. The gallery is divided into eleven unique interpretative themes showcasing the diversity of Native cultures and traditions.