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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 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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Paso Robles, CA
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195 reviews 195 reviews
48 attraction reviews
104 helpful votes 104 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 NEW

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
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014 NEW

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
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20 reviews 20 reviews
3 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 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
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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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19 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 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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5 attraction reviews
98 helpful votes 98 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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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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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7 reviews 7 reviews
26 helpful votes 26 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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32 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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