Last weekend to shop at the Southwest Museum

The gift shop at the Southwest Museum in Mount Washington will be closed for at least three years and public access will be cut back at the end of this month as part of some unexpected changes that have angered many museum fans. The Autry National Center, operators of the Southwest, announced earlier this month that they needed to close the gift shop and reduce public events at the hilltop complex as workers clean, repair and catalog the Southwest Museum’s huge collection of Native America artifacts. But the Friends of the Southwest Museum and other supporters fear it is the most recent sign of the Autry’s lack of interest in keeping a full-fledged museum up and running on Mount Washington. Public access had already been limited to a few exhibition spaces and events and the gift shop, which was open only on weekends.

Vintage from photo from Friends of the Southwest Museum

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