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Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian

Address: 704 Camino Lejo, Santa Fe, NM 87505
Phone Number: 800 607 4636 , 505 982 4636
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Ranked #41 of 211 things to do in Santa Fe
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Art museums, History museums, Museums
Activities: City walk sightseeing
Owner description: The museum features changing exhibitions of contemporary and historic Native American art with an...
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Attraction details
Type: Art museums, History museums, Museums
Activities: City walk sightseeing
Hours:
Sun 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: The museum features changing exhibitions of contemporary and historic Native American art with an emphasis on the Southwest.

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Louisiana
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214 reviews 214 reviews
33 attraction reviews
130 helpful votes 130 helpful votes
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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66 attraction reviews
174 helpful votes 174 helpful votes
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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11 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
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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Shelburne, Vermont
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29 reviews 29 reviews
9 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

The Wheelwright Museum offers special exhibits, some more memorable than others, but always with a fresh perspective and free of charge. (Their superb Two Grey Hills show inspired our purchase of a rug.) But always a visit to the Case Trading Post, located in the basement, is worthwhile. Though the vintage turquoise jewelry offerings are slimmer than in the past... More 

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

This small museum always offers interesting exhibitions and has a very nice museum shop with a friendly, helpful and not pushy staff.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

This is a very small museum with basically one room for exhibits. The exhibit, a photographic essay on the effect of uranium mining on native tribes, was quite provocative and moving. They plan to open a new wing in the next year to house more exhibits. But they had a great gift shop. There is no entrance fee, just a... More 

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Davis, California, United States
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

The Wheelwright Museum on Museum Hill has fabulous views of the Sangre de Cristo mountains from their front patio. The museum is an architectural homage to the hooghans of the Navajo culture. The exhibits are thought provoking and the Case Trading Post is a MUST for anyone looking to purchase a fabulous memento of their trip to Santa Fe.

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Kalispell, Montana
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91 attraction reviews
494 helpful votes 494 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

This year for the first time we did not enjoy the exhibit. Monotone Photographic displays stressing environmental tragedies. A topic surely to be considered seriously but we also thought WHERE are the photos showing the roadside trash of glass and broken bottles on the road into Monument Valley from the south. At first we thought there was a special treatment... More 

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Homer, MI
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7 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Smaller museum with magnificent collections; adding a new jewelry wing in 2015; important jewelry collection; extraordinary director and staff. Exhibits leave you much better educated and wishing for more. Highly recommended museum. We go there every trip to Santa Fe.

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