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“One of Santa Fe's least known treasures” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian

Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian
704 Camino Lejo, Santa Fe, NM 87505
800 607 4636 , 505 982 4636
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Ranked #20 of 94 Attractions in Santa Fe
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.
Portland, OR
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Reviews in 52 cities Reviews in 52 cities
155 helpful votes 155 helpful votes
“One of Santa Fe's least known treasures”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

Located just past the Folk Art Museum on Museum Hill, the Wheelwright Museum has an interesting history. It was founded at the Museum of Navajo Ceremonial Art because a local woman became concerned that many of the sacred and ceremonial items of the Navajo Nation were finding their way into trade and non-native hands. She acquired many such items and held them until such time as the Navajos were able to provide proper housing for them on their lands. That time came a decade or so ago, at which time the museum was renamed and changed its mission to exhibiting art created by Native American artists. The changing shows in the relatively compact exhibition space is always interesting. Visitors to Santa Fe should by all means visit the Case Trading Post downstairs for some of the best shopping in the city for good pots, weavings, and jewelry. The store has excellent sources and always has first rate material for sale.

Visited May 2013
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New Rochelle, New York
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145 reviews 145 reviews
6 attraction reviews
Reviews in 71 cities Reviews in 71 cities
97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
“Great Museum”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

We did this on our second trip to Santa Fe. it was not included on our first trip. We had other priorities.

Visited May 2013
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Greensboro, North Carolina
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109 reviews 109 reviews
28 attraction reviews
Reviews in 32 cities Reviews in 32 cities
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
“We moderns think we're so sophisticated!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2013

We visited this museum, and found the textile displays interesting, but one-dimensional. One thing that would help immensely would be a simple map depicting the general geographic areas occupied by various tribes.

Using a map, one could better envision how far various native Americans-and Spanish Conquistadors would have had to travel in order to trade these beautiful blankets, serapes, etc.

Visited May 2013
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Columbus, Ohio
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26 attraction reviews
Reviews in 72 cities Reviews in 72 cities
116 helpful votes 116 helpful votes
“A beautiful building with a treasure trove of artifacts”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

We have visited this place several times, and we always come away with something new to admire. If you are tired of shopping, visiting art galleries, and ready for something besides 'death by Santa Fe', take an hour or so, get to the edge of the city, and learn about the native Americans who shaped the early history of the region.

Visited October 2012
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Plano, Texas
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67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
“Great Museum and Gift Shop”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2013

Excellent museum with interesting artifacts and historical pieces. The gift shop is one of the best ever. I saw an incredible cachina doll that was from the 50's.....and priced accordingly at $1500....but worth it if you want the real thing!!

Visited April 2013
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