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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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San Francisco, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

Wonderful place to explore contemporary Native American art and a fantastic museum shop. Loved the Will Wilson exhibit.

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Connecticut
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56 reviews 56 reviews
10 attraction reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

We had read about this museum on TA and other sites. However, the museum was in the midst of construction for another exhibition. The docent at the front door said the new exhibition would not open for another year (take note, a full year). Honestly, this was a barren museum, sadly not even worth the visit. Spend your time elsewhere.

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Scottsdale, AZ
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68 reviews 68 reviews
22 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

The Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian is located in the Museum Hill area in Santa Fe, New Mexico; and a short drive from the Main Plaza. The museum was founded in 1934 and its emphasis is on unique exhibitions of contemporary and historic Native American art. The museum is known for their focus on little-known genres and for solo... More

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Massachusetts
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25 reviews 25 reviews
3 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 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
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13 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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
29 helpful votes 29 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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48 attraction reviews
113 helpful votes 113 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, NM
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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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20 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 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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