Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian

Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian

Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian
4.5
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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The museum features changing exhibitions of contemporary and iconic Native American art with an emphasis on the Southwest.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • Penny Brown
    El Paso, Texas44 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Outstanding collection of American native jewelry. Don’t miss it if you’re an admirer of the craft.
    The Wheelwright is a smaller museum located on museum hill in Santa Fe. Well worth the time. Excellent examples of silver work from mostly New Mexico. Many of the large displays are by individual or individual families of jewelers. Traces the beginning of native silver work from head stalls and spoons to exquisite silver and gold jewelry. They even have a display of Charles Loloma, about 20 pieces. A section on all women silversmiths. A really impressive collection of noted artists and techniques. From inlaid,cast, and hand hammered. Some baskets and some native paintings as well. I thoroughly enjoyed my visit. I bought some great books and a few hand crafted items. Loved it!!
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written June 24, 2023
  • Dorothy T
    Memphis, Tennessee27 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Favorite museum on museum hill
    Beautifully organized rooms. The history of silver jewelry crafts from various tribes is woven together dating back well over a century. The jewelry collection is beautifully curated and includes history of the artists. Also a wonderful fine art collection from contemporary artists and a great trading post gift store on the lower level. There was also a short fashion show movie showing a recent collection.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 5, 2023
  • peggy b
    Boston, Massachusetts36 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Don’t miss this museum
    This museum is a jewel in Santa Fe. I bring every out of town guest for a visit here. It is a place with a fascinating history that displays remarkable and intelligent exhibits of Native American. Art. The WMAI takes the vision of honoring Native voices through art very seriously. I learn a great deal every time I visit. The permanent jewelry collection is truly a master class in Native American jewelry My friends and family all rate this their best Santa Fe museum experience. In a town with amazing museums, this is high praise. Don’t miss the Case Trading Post downstairs. It is full of authentic art and jewelry with very fair prices. Enjoy!
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written March 27, 2024
  • ppettyHtown
    Houston, Texas304 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Exhibits
    We made a return trip to this wonderful museum. The new exhibit of bead work with painting is amazing. Be sure to watch the accompanying video of the artist Marcus Amerman. His art is so expressive of the Native American experience. Be sure to make it down to the Trading Post for authentic Native American jewelry and other works of art. The two ladies who run this store know so much about the artists who create all the beautiful works.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 22, 2024
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Dmitri K
San Antonio, TX854 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
I am glad that I was introduced to the local native art through this museum. It is very well organized and curated. My wife and I were blown away by the quality of the exhibited applied art pieces. Our favorite museum in Santa Fe, for sure.
Written March 20, 2022
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Ellenmail
Vero Beach, FL146 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Couples
If you’re in the mood to see exquisite Native American jewelry this is the place for you.

If you want to go back in time two years, bring a mask and hand sanitizer. Oh yeah, keep six feet apart-not that that would be an issue.
Written February 1, 2023
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Siandra W
Coffs Harbour, Australia486 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
An incredible museum with so much to see both inside and outside. We loved the beautiful jewellery, belts, baskets and figurines. Spectacular pieces of native art and the shop is worth perusing at the end too!
Written November 6, 2022
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Dorothy T
Memphis, TN27 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
Beautifully organized rooms. The history of silver jewelry crafts from various tribes is woven together dating back well over a century. The jewelry collection is beautifully curated and includes history of the artists. Also a wonderful fine art collection from contemporary artists and a great trading post gift store on the lower level. There was also a short fashion show movie showing a recent collection.
Written July 5, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Penny Brown
El Paso, TX44 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Solo
The Wheelwright is a smaller museum located on museum hill in Santa Fe. Well worth the time. Excellent examples of silver work from mostly New Mexico. Many of the large displays are by individual or individual families of jewelers. Traces the beginning of native silver work from head stalls and spoons to exquisite silver and gold jewelry. They even have a display of Charles Loloma, about 20 pieces. A section on all women silversmiths. A really impressive collection of noted artists and techniques. From inlaid,cast, and hand hammered. Some baskets and some native paintings as well. I thoroughly enjoyed my visit. I bought some great books and a few hand crafted items. Loved it!!
Written June 24, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

peggy b
Boston, MA36 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
This museum is a jewel in Santa Fe. I bring every out of town guest for a visit here. It is a place with a fascinating history that displays remarkable and intelligent exhibits of Native American. Art. The WMAI takes the vision of honoring Native voices through art very seriously. I learn a great deal every time I visit. The permanent jewelry collection is truly a master class in Native American jewelry My friends and family all rate this their best Santa Fe museum experience. In a town with amazing museums, this is high praise. Don’t miss the Case Trading Post downstairs. It is full of authentic art and jewelry with very fair prices. Enjoy!
Written March 27, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

ppettyHtown
Houston, TX304 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
We made a return trip to this wonderful museum. The new exhibit of bead work with painting is amazing. Be sure to watch the accompanying video of the artist Marcus Amerman. His art is so expressive of the Native American experience.

Be sure to make it down to the Trading Post for authentic Native American jewelry and other works of art. The two ladies who run this store know so much about the artists who create all the beautiful works.
Written April 23, 2024
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Kate
Washington DC, DC1,082 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
Beautiful selection of jewelry and wonderful gift shop (like old trading post). We saw three museums on museum hill and this was our favorite. Since we didn't have a car, we took uber from our hotel.
Written November 5, 2021
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Joseph_Tulchin
Boston, MA118 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
There was a superb exhibition of arts my contemporary Native Americans. it was fascinating to see how the current generation adapts tradition to coment on the current age.
Written January 26, 2020
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Lezlie G
Wetumpka, AL198 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Solo
I’m glad I stumbled upon this museum. I love Native American jewelry, and they have an amazing collection here.
Written January 5, 2020
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