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Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian

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Address: 704 Camino Lejo, Santa Fe, NM 87505
Phone Number: 800 607 4636 , 505 982 4636
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1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Sun 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Activities: City walk sightseeing
Description: The museum features changing exhibitions of contemporary and historic...
The museum features changing exhibitions of contemporary and historic Native American art with an emphasis on the Southwest.
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Small But Worth It

We stopped in here for look since we were at 2 very nearby museums. I'm glad we did, the black and white Dine photography exhibit was excellent. These were very large over-sized... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 26, 2015
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Lexington, Nebraska
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

The entry fee was 5 dollars, which would be reasonable except, there was only one gallery open and the statue garden was closed. Even so I would have enjoyed just absorbing the majestic Indian jewelry and fetish items, if there hadn't been such a ruckus coming from the staff and security at the entrance. Not a short burst, not occasional,... More 

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Seattle
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

We stopped in here for look since we were at 2 very nearby museums. I'm glad we did, the black and white Dine photography exhibit was excellent. These were very large over-sized format, quite contemporary. -Free entrance, donation suggested -Plenty of free parking -On museum hill very close to the International Folk Art Museum and the Indian Arts Museum -Has... More 

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San Antonio, TX
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

I disagree with some of the previous reviewers who did not enjoy the Wheelwright Museum. We found it to be very interesting and especially enjoyed the gallery expansion devoted to Native American Jewelry. The exhibit focuses on the historical jewelry, the current jewelry styles and even what the possibilities are for future jewelry. The explanatory panels describing the various jewelry... More 

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Kansas
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

Went because of reviews. Not worth our time. One gallery on entrance level had a photographic exhibition. Downstairs had a Museum store selling Native American art at high prices even for Santa Fe. Our reaction was this was an art dealer masquerading as a museum. It was free, but will be charging admission soon. Don't go. The nearby Museum of... More 

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Cheyenne, Wyoming
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

This is a very small museum. It is free, which is good. As another reviewer noted, the gift shop is bigger than the actual museum itself. I was in and out in 15 minutes. The current display is about Dine photography. The Museum of Indian Art and Culture is a better museum to visit.

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Madison, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

Photographic commentary about attacks on the environment were stark and definitely thought provoking. A new wing will be opened soon, as this museum expands its gallery offerings. Museum Hill is a must-see, and this is a good collection to include.

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Louisiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015 via mobile

Located on museum hill, it is the oldest of all the museums and admission is free. I visited when there was a photography exhibit on display that was extremely well done. There is a "trading post" located down stairs that is certainly worth the visit.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

The artists' work on display was quite good and made a statement about the changes to Native American way of life in the environment. We found out that sometime this summer, there will be an admission charge (like the adjacent museums) when the new jewelry wing opens. Although we donate, I find this change disappointing, but suppose it must be... More 

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Beckley, West Virginia, United States
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Located in the Museum Hill complex. Ample parking. Admission free, with $5 donation suggested. The museum has rotating exhibits, and the current exhibit features photography by Will Wilson, a Dine photographer. The photographs on display consists of close up, larger-than-life black and white portraiture, additional more abstract photos from his Auto Immune Response series, and some more conventional landscapes. The... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

You never know who you might meet at the Wheelwright. We met the famous son of the most famous and successful potter in the area here working part time in the museum store. I will not tell their names but we became friends with people we admired and enjoyed the company of long after we left SantaFe

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Additional Information about Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian

Address: Address: 704 Camino Lejo, Santa Fe, NM 87505
Phone Number: 800 607 4636 , 505 982 4636
Location: United States  >  New Mexico (NM)  >  Santa Fe
Open Hours:
Sunday 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Monday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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