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Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian

704 Camino Lejo, Santa Fe, NM 87505
800 607 4636 , 505 982 4636
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Ranked #21 of 109 attractions in Santa Fe
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Museums, Art Museums, History Museums
Activities: City walk sightseeing
Description: The museum features changing exhibitions of contemporary and historic Native American art with an emphasis on the Southwest.
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English first
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24 reviews 24 reviews
3 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

Yes, construction of the new space is complete but not yet occupied! Do go and have the chance to enjoy a contemporary photography exhibit upstairs then roam and view the new gallery areas that have been constructed - so wonderful for this small but growing museum. Their upcoming focus on Native American jewelry will be one of a kind. Meanwhile,... More

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Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
13 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 via mobile

We heard that the museum was still open during construction. This was true, but it is extremely limited. There was one display at the front of the museum that was well done and interesting. Besides that, the gift shop was open downstairs. This will probably be a great place once it's finished, but it was extremely limited while we were... More

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Winchester, Virginia
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34 reviews 34 reviews
8 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

A nice facility but not much art to see yet. I think it will be great when it is completed. It is worth stopping by if you are in the area, but don't make a special trip yet.

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Paso Robles, CA
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195 reviews 195 reviews
48 attraction reviews
109 helpful votes 109 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

We understood that the Wheelwright, a private museum, is the oldest on Museum Hill. There was a limited but intriguing photo exhibit when we visited the Hogan formed building. Excellent shop in the basement - - The Case Trading Post.

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Baltimore, Maryland
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

This is on Museum Hill, so you can visit several museums and a botanical garden if you want to pack your day. This museum is free (donations box) and very small, so you can take it all in at once. Google native American Will Wilbur if you go when his photos are still up. Touched me and I highly recommend.

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Santa Fe
20 reviews 20 reviews
3 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

We live in Santa Fe and have been to the Wheelwright on numerous occasions. It is a beautiful place. I recommend it to everyone, both tourist and local. My reasons for not giving it a 5 are as follows. The last time we went, the two people who served as greeters would not STFU. They blabbered incessantly and loudly about... More

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Santa fe, NM
12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

The Wheelwright is a small museum up the road from the state operated museums at Museum Hill. There are no permanent exhibits. Each show highlights an artist or group of artists working in the same genre. The exhibits change every few months and are always very well done. The building resembles a Navajo Hogan and is sited traditionally with the... More

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Tucson, Arizona
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52 reviews 52 reviews
20 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

I think the reviewer below visited (and reviewed) the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture which is close to the Wheelwright. The Wheelwright is quite small and currently only has an exhibit of Will Wilson's photography. Interesting, but not my thing. However, the Case Trading Post gift shop is well worth visiting this museum. Lots of high quality jewelry, pottery,... More

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San Francisco
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23 reviews 23 reviews
3 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2014

I am a member who lives in California and always make a point to visit this wonderful museum. The museum's gift shop, The Case Trading Post, is recreated in the manner of a classic trading post at the turn of the 20th century. The shop features some of the best Southwestern pueblo and Navajo pottery in Santa Fe at reasonable... More

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18 reviews 18 reviews
5 attraction reviews
103 helpful votes 103 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

This will be an awesome museum when finished. It is currently under construction. There is very little available to see at this time.

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