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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 #18 of 107 attractions in Santa Fe
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 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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Amesville, Ohio
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

While the display was just satisfactory, i have to recommend the store as the best. Authentic Indian made items with a well-versed staff.

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Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

This museum is a tiny gem, filled with handspun and woven Navajo (and some Pueblo) blankets from 1860-1880. Excellent explanations given for the various exhibits.

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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53 reviews 53 reviews
24 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014

We had some time to kill before meeting friends in Santa Fe. We checked our GPS for museums nearby and found that Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian (http://wheelwright.org/) about/was quite close. There is no stated admission fee (donations accepted) and you can see some wonderful exhibits of weaving and beading fairly quickly if pressed for time. The Case Trading... More

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Alameda, California, United States
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6 reviews 6 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014

This museum is small, so there are only two or three exhibits on display at any given time. But my timing couldn't have been more serendipitous, as the featured exhibit was The Durango Collection of Native American textiles. Even if you aren't normally a fan of Navajo rugs or indigenous weaving, this small but exquisite collection was a real knockout.... More

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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13 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2014

A short drive from the Plaza you will find Museum Hill, where the Folk Art and American Indian Museums are the big draw. But don't miss the Wheelright for a look into the life and culture of America's West. The museum is small and the exhibits thought provoking. And, the shop is great!

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Kalispell, Montana
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69 attraction reviews
196 helpful votes 196 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2013

I was shocked by one reviewer complaining about a 10$ entry fee, there is NO ADMISSION fee and contributions are totally voluntary. The gift shop downstairs is in fact, a genuine trading post and not a source for cheap t-shirts and Chinese souvenirs. As such, it tries to protect the Indian artists who bring their work into the post. We... More

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Pagosa Springs, Colorado
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5 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2013

The Wheelwright is a privately-funded small museum of Native American art and crafts on Museum Hill near the other major museums. It is free! The displays of Navajo weavings and contemporary beadwork were excellent. Very well interpreted. A very fine gift shop as well with some really superb arts and jewelry. Highly recommended.

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2013

An intimate beautiful museum with wonderful Native American exhibits. Catch the Fort Lewis Durango Navajo blanket exhibit until April, 2014. The most impressive part is the old Case Trading Post with marvelous treasures of Native American craft both vintage and contemporary conceived by the best artisans and reasonably priced. Specially made items just sold at the Case. Definitely worth many... More

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Cottage Grove, Minnesota
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79 attraction reviews
114 helpful votes 114 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2013

This museum is located a short drive down a dirt road from the Museum of Indian Arts & Culture. There is no fee but donations are recommended. I found the building itself to be fascinating. It was designed like a traditional Hogan and no nails or screws were used in the construction. Be sure to look up when you walk... More

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