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“small private museum with great gift shop”

Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian
Ranked #19 of 266 things to do in Santa Fe
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: The museum features changing exhibitions of contemporary and historic Native American art with an emphasis on the Southwest.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Stairs / elevator
Sarasota, Florida
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42 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“small private museum with great gift shop”
Reviewed August 26, 2012

do not expect a large museum - it is very small but free, donations accepted. This is one of those small personal museums created by a rich person who wants to leave their collection for public viewing. The gift shop has a vast assortment of goods, mostly high end.

Visited August 2012
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Denver, Colorado
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28 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Museum Hill Must”
Reviewed August 21, 2012

Originally the House of Native Religion, The Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian was founded in 1937 by Mary Cabot Wheelwright. At the entrance are important bronzes by Allan Houser the 20th Century American artist renowned as a sculptor, painter, and teacher. Inside the free museum offers unique exhibitions of contemporary and historic Native American art which changes regularly. Downstairs, the creaking floors of The Case Trading Post, features the best in contemporary craft and fine arts by more than 200 Native American artists, as well as a great selection of vintage and antique jewelry, ceramics, and textiles. The prices are reasonable, the merchandice authentic and the staff is friendly and knowledgeable. An artist is often working in an anteroom.

Visited August 2012
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Rohnert Park
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39 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Gorgeous view - free museum!”
Reviewed August 19, 2012

No crowds. A few lovely sculptures in the garden. Indoor museum was small and easy - very nice exhibits. Best thing was that it was free and the view from up there was one we never would have seen if we hadn't made the trip to it!!

Visited September 2011
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Las Vegas, Nevada
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73 reviews
38 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Small Museum, Few Exhibits”
Reviewed August 18, 2012

There is not much to see here. Very few exhibits. As museums go, it is a disappointment. You can be in and out of here in 30-45 minutes - even with reading all the info under each exhibit. The gift shop downstairs is probably as good as it gets for museum gift shops. There is a very nice, high quality selection from many fine Native American artsists.

Visited August 2012
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PA
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163 reviews
78 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
“If you are on Museum Hill, you might like to visit”
Reviewed August 17, 2012

I don't think I'd plan a trip tp Museum Hill just to see the Wheelwright Museum, mostly because it is quite small. But if you are already in the area, definitely devote 45 minutes or so to this free (donations encouraged) museum. Much of the exhibits are devoted to the woman who founded the museum, her relationship with a man who taught her about Native American culture, and her efforts to preserve cultural information. The gift shop downstairs is filled with works from local artists and is brimming with temptation.

Visited August 2012
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