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Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian

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Address: 704 Camino Lejo, Santa Fe, NM 87505-7511
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+1 505-982-4636
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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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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Take the extra few steps and connect to Southwest tradition

Wheelwright is a private museum and not part of the Museum of New Mexico system, but it delivers traditional and contemporary arts in sculpture, jewelry, pottery and painting. A... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Wheelwright is a private museum and not part of the Museum of New Mexico system, but it delivers traditional and contemporary arts in sculpture, jewelry, pottery and painting. A new permanent southwest jewelry display is stunning. Case Trading Post also delivers an old school feeling that artists and tourists appreciate. Library available for events.

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Brewster, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The architecture of this museum sets it apart, as soon as you walk in the front door. Truly authentic artifacts are on display. Leave time to visit the lower level which is a replica of an original trading post, with some special shopping choices.

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Coos Bay, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 2, 2017

They have a permanent exhibit of the history of Indian jewelry, which was our goal in going. The relatively brief but informative text describing each of the many smaller displays was very helpful. There is also a temporary exhibit of the work of one jewelry artist, in this case Elevi, which was outstanding. The price of admission to this museum... More 

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Ozark, Arkansas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 27, 2016

Great private collection of Native American jewelry and artifacts. There is quite a bit to see in the smallest of the museums. Very well laid out, informative, and interesting. Highly recommend!

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Bakersfield, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 18, 2016

The Wheelwright shows an excellent range of the history of Native American silver work. The range of baskets is also very good. But the historical narrative is subordinated to the displays of the goods.

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Bella Vista, AR
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 12, 2016

Located at the top of "museum hill" near several other museums, a great area to spend the day. We happened to stop here on a free Sunday, a nice bonus since we planned to go anyway. Had read about the exhibition of Native American jewelry, even the excellent write-up didn't do it full justice. Splendid historical display of gorgeous jewelry,... More 

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Rio Rancho, New Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 7, 2016

It had been a couple of years since we had visited this museum. This time we saw a wonderful display of Apache Jicarilla baskets and beaded items, which were in excellent condition. We viewed a number of womens' dresses, mens' clothing and moccasins. Additionally more modern artwork adorned the walls. A docent walked us around the impressive jewelry display; her... More 

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Olympia, WA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 26, 2016

This is a very good collection, with a focus on artistry and accurate provenance, of art and craft of the local, indigenous populations, both historical and current. Worth the visit.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 21, 2016 via mobile

The Wheelwright Museum has a fine collection of native baskets, pottery, jewelry as well as a few garments. Nice way to spend a rainy day.

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Dallas, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 8, 2016

Tiny museum on "Museum Hill". Haven't seen the others. Was free entry on first Sunday so went by. Really fine permanent exhibit of American Indian jewelry. Go look at this first before you go buy anything in downtown Santa Fe so you see what is the real deal.

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