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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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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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Really Neat, But Unusual

It's a special place for sure. I've been here dozens of times over 25 years & I'm always surprised! Why? The collection / presentation is alway different ! Not your usual staid... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 26, 2015
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW via mobile

OK. I thought it was museum. It seems to more of an art gallery. There were some older pieces that were interesting. The newer ones are current art pieces.

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

It's a special place for sure. I've been here dozens of times over 25 years & I'm always surprised! Why? The collection / presentation is alway different ! Not your usual staid museum. Always interesting & cutting edge art. Best part ( for me ) is on the Basement level - the Trading Post, & it's authentic - even the... More 

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La Crosse, Wisconsin
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

I guess we were expecting more. Took our time through the beautiful exhibit of silver jewelry, which was well done, don't get me wrong. We assumed this was a special exhibit. But then, we continued down the stairs expecting to start into the real meat of the museum and discovered.... there was no more museum... that was it. Hmmm

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Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

The Wheelwright Museum is located at the top of museum hill, a beautiful setting. The entry price of $5 was reasonable for the exhibit of beautiful Native American silver jewelry and art pieces. Each artist was profiled with introduction of their techniques. The gift shop on the lower level has a wonderful selection of handcrafted jewelry at prices comparable to... More 

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Midland City, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

A most interesting history of the evolution of Native American art & jewelry making (in the south west) along with the means of obtaining the artistic materials & medium that once existed & still exists in many cases today.

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Lexington, Nebraska
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

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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Additional Information about Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian

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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