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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 93 Attractions in Santa Fe
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Art Museums, History Museums, Museums
Activities: City walk sightseeing
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Owner description: The museum features changing exhibitions of contemporary and historic Native American art with an emphasis on the Southwest.

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

This small museum always offers interesting exhibitions and has a very nice museum shop with a friendly, helpful and not pushy staff.

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63 reviews 63 reviews
16 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

This is a very small museum with basically one room for exhibits. The exhibit, a photographic essay on the effect of uranium mining on native tribes, was quite provocative and moving. They plan to open a new wing in the next year to house more exhibits. But they had a great gift shop. There is no entrance fee, just a... More

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Davis, California, United States
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3 reviews 3 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

The Wheelwright Museum on Museum Hill has fabulous views of the Sangre de Cristo mountains from their front patio. The museum is an architectural homage to the hooghans of the Navajo culture. The exhibits are thought provoking and the Case Trading Post is a MUST for anyone looking to purchase a fabulous memento of their trip to Santa Fe.

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Kalispell, Montana
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90 attraction reviews
430 helpful votes 430 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

This year for the first time we did not enjoy the exhibit. Monotone Photographic displays stressing environmental tragedies. A topic surely to be considered seriously but we also thought WHERE are the photos showing the roadside trash of glass and broken bottles on the road into Monument Valley from the south. At first we thought there was a special treatment... More

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Homer, MI
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18 reviews 18 reviews
7 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Smaller museum with magnificent collections; adding a new jewelry wing in 2015; important jewelry collection; extraordinary director and staff. Exhibits leave you much better educated and wishing for more. Highly recommended museum. We go there every trip to Santa Fe.

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Boston, Massachusetts, United States
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121 reviews 121 reviews
35 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 via mobile

Feeling like something was missing. I guess I thought there would be more extensive information and artifacts about American Indian culture. However, the Museum doesn't feel quite 'done'. The modern photographic exhibit was stunning, and then, there was the gift shop. I would have appreciated a docent's expertise as well. I think the grand opening is schedule in June 2015... More

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florida
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51 reviews 51 reviews
17 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

The Wheelwright is a free museum, manned by volunteers. They have excellent shows-some contemporary and some surveys of a genre, like Navajo rugs. The main building is designed to resemble a Navajo Hogan, and you feel the spiritual nature of the design as you enter. Be sure to go downstairs to the trading post, which has a great collection of... More

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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

Beautiful handmade jewelry, rugs, katsinas, great staff, this shop is a MUST when in Santa Fe. The exhibits are always great, too, but don't miss the shopping.

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Panama City Beach, Florida
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9 reviews 9 reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

The current show by Will Wilson seems a bit of narcissistic self indulgence. The photographs left everything to your own imagination ... your time is better spent at the other nearby museums,

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San Francisco, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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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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