Comanche National Museum and Cultural Center

Lord of the Plains

Back Gallery — Temporary Closure

CNMCC will temporarily close its back gallery beginning Monday, August 31, 2015 for the installation of its upcoming exhibition, Comanche: Behind a Shield. The installation is expected to take two weeks. The museum’s front gallery and its business offices will remain open during this time.

Comanche: Behind a Shield is a photographic celebration of Comanche people, both past and present. The exhibition artistically illustrates various aspects of Comanche culture and features the photographic works of tribal member, Walter TutsiWai BigBee of Tesuque, N.M. Photographs from the artist’s portfolio will be paired with vintage imagery from the collections of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History and the National Anthropological Archives.

The public is invited to attend the exhibition’s opening reception on Thursday, September 24, 2015 from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm. Light refreshments will be served. Admission is free.

Experience the “Comanche Way”

Tribal history and culture come to life at the Comanche National Museum and Cultural Center! The vitality of the great Comanche Nation comes alive through our compelling exhibits and interactive displays. Documenting the journey of the Nʉmʉnʉʉ, visitors come away with a sense of true Comanche heritage and pride.

Untitled  by Doc Tate NevaquayaCNMCC Collection

Our Permanent Exhibits Feature:

History — Learn about the resiliency of the Comanche people from their early lives as "Lords of the Plains" to the transition period of the Reservation Era in the late 1800s.

Military — Recount the heroic accounts of 20th-century warriors, including the 17 Comanche men who served as "Code Talkers" during World War II. Hear firsthand how the Nʉmʉnʉʉ language helped defeat Hitler’s army on D-Day.

Religion — Explore the role that the Native American Church plays in Comanche culture.

View our Art Gallery and Interactive Collections

Hunt Buffalo !

Hunt Buffalo
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Experience the sights and sounds of a Comanche buffalo hunt through our award-winning interactive exhibit. Immerse yourself in Comanche language, history and culture as you hunt buffalo.

Tasiwooʔa ʉ Wʉtokwenʉ   ( Buffalo Kill Using a Weapon )
Click or tap the image on the right for a sample video.

2012 American Association of Museums MUSE Award Winner

Comanche Code Talkers
of WWIICourtesy of the
National Archives