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Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian

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Address: 704 Camino Lejo, Santa Fe, NM 87505-7511
Phone Number: 15059824636
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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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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... read more

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Rio Rancho, New Mexico
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Rio Rancho, New Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

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 1 week ago

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 2 weeks ago 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 4 weeks ago

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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Kalispell, Montana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 30, 2016

This is the best museum to see art quality Native Jewelry from the beginnings of its history to the present day. Just last year, they added an entire new wing to the museum as a permanent place to exhibit the collections. In addition, a docent is on site to answer any questions you may have but they will also not... More 

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Omaha, NE
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016

This museum features unique displays of Native American history and art. Because visitors are not allowed to take photos inside, it does not receive as much publicity on social media as other museums which is a shame because it was one of my favorites!

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Carlsbad, New Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 15, 2016

Sweetie and I spent a few days in Santa Fe, soaking up the culture and food. The Wheelwright Museum was very high on our "must see" list and it definitely didn't disappoint. Beautiful exhibits, well laid out and Sweetie, as a Native American, got in free. Well worth the visit. Added plus: It is right next door to 3 other... More 

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 14, 2016

The museum has interesting exhibits and a stunning gallery of Native American jewelry. It will give you a wonderful education on the different styles of jewelry produced by the different pueblos and areas of NM and Arizona. The Trading Post is a great gift shop with rugs, books, items for children, jewelry and pottery. Be sure to stop by and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 13, 2016

Mary Wheelwright collected unique and valuable Indian artworks from the southwestern tribes. The museum is also the repository for documents that detail the religious practices of the Navajo. Exhibits are beautifully displayed and any visitor to Museum Hill should take the time to visit.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2016

I was skeptical when our friends suggested meeting here but it was a highlight of the trip. We learned so much about the history of Indian jewelry which made the joy of purchasing pieces so much more fun. Make sure you take advantage of the docent. I can't wait to return for the same lesson about pottery and weaving.

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