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“Very interesting collection”
Review of Tinkertown Museum

Tinkertown Museum
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Owner description: A "museum" built out of concrete and 55,000 bottles that houses 20,000 handcarved miniatures.
Reviewed December 3, 2013

This museum is a random assortment of items built and collected by one very old man. There was a large model circus, some (very first) arcade games, old dolls, Route 66 road signs, and various other things. It reminded me a lot of Ripley's Believe It or Not in NYC. The gift shop was particularly interesting. I wanted to buy everything in there... good thing they accept credit cards!

1  Thank Bethany S
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Reviewed November 8, 2013

When I go to places like Tinkertown Museum I marvel at the endless creativity of some folks. Admittedly, to appreciate the work of Ross Ward you have to enjoy folk art and pure quirkiness. If you don't, then skip this attraction & leave the rest of us more space. And space is at a premium in the narrow hallways where you view his western town re-creation (the absolute best thing here) and the circus. Outside there is more to explore, so take your time. I realized after looking at my boyfriend's photos that I missed Ross Ward's art car! Yes, linger here and take in the joy that he put into his life's work. His whimsy can't help but lift your spirits.

1  Thank Tiffy_Bird
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Reviewed November 6, 2013

We stopped at Tinkertown on a recent Route 66 road trip. Though it is a slight side trip from the route, this is what a trip down 66 is all about. The kind of attraction that could only conceivable exist on the great American road trip. The creator behind Tinkertown was Ross Ward who spent 40 years collecting, arranging, carving and curating his collection. What a lot of people would see as junk he turned into treasure. Highlights include epic interactive dioramas, vintage carnival games from around the world, and a ship he sailed the world with including a detailed photo map of his adventures. He collected treasures from his travels and had shared them with anyone who has time for a quick stop. The walls are largely made of bottles, which is awesome and a lot of things sing at you when you pop coins in them. Mr. Ward passed a few years ago but his family lovingly maintains Tinkertown. We were very happy to meet his wife and she shared some of their stories. What an interesting family. My husbands favorite thing at Tinkertown was a sign reading "The first man to apply for a permit to build on his own property should have been shot for treason". Attractions like this that make your mouth hit the floor and your brain scream WTF are a dying breed, but one of the most beautiful. Its a families journey and story told through the kookiest collection imaginable. If you are anywhere Albuquerque do not miss this

1  Thank RobynPringTravel
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Reviewed October 17, 2013

If you enjoy seeing quirky off-the-beaten path museums, don't miss this one. Not sure I have the words to explain it; but essentially it was started by a collector of all types of things "Americana", and developed into a museum. There are many miniature old tyme towns, circuses, and displays everyplace your eye wonders. Part of the building was constructed from old bottles; and it's an amazing work in itself. Gift shop also has lots of unique items. Admission fee is very reasonable. The parking lots seems to fill up, but we found a place to park on the road outside of the museum. Very worth the time, and it's an easy drive from either Santa Fe or Albuquerque.

Thank Kathy T
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Reviewed October 15, 2013 via mobile

Ok this place is amazing
The light is beautiful and the bottles adobe walls make it look even more gorgeous
I think this is the perfect place to let your imagination go wild
The owners spend decades making it and now the young widow still runs the museum
They are friendly and funky
They have a bottle that says " we did all this while you were watching TV" so true hahaha

1  Thank Nakashima2
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