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Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

´Tis a glorious Autumn day with abundant sun and mid- sixties temperatures.

The Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian has closed two special exhibit Galleries for Updating. The Permanent Collection Gallery is open.

And do visit the Rustic Gift Shop with the squeaky floor.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This place is so special. Be sure to visit. I visited it some years ago and I continue to think about it. Please do not pass this up.

Thank Marvin M
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Reviewed October 12, 2018

I enjoyed that this museum concentrates on limited exhibits, but in depth. For my visit, there were works by native artist Melanie Yazzie, with videos, multi-media and showing a breadth of her artistic output. She uses traditional themes, but pares them down for a general audience, without compromising their spiritual roots. By using "simple" graphic forms, she captures the essence of her world. I also enjoyed the comprehensive, informative and beautiful exhibit on Southwestern silver work. Anyone who is contemplating the purchase of Native American silverwork, should take in this exhibit first as it shows historical, stylistic and regional context. There's a very nice museum shop too, where you can be assured that whatever you buy, has been made by or approved by native Americans.

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Reviewed October 8, 2018

Happened on an exhibit of Melanie Yazzie and enjoyed the wonderful video they had of her, and of other artists exhibiting in their unbelievable jewelry exhibit. The descriptions of the work and quotes from the artists throughout the museum made it a real pleasure.

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Reviewed October 2, 2018

The Wheelwright is a small museum on Museum Hill. It has a permanent exhibit showing the history of Native American jewelry making -- many rare examples. It also exhibits other mediums of Native art.

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Reviewed October 1, 2018

Concentrating mainly on one artist and jewelry, this is a god starter for other museums on the Museum Hill site.

Thank Martin C
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Reviewed September 16, 2018

Museum Hill is always worth a visit. The views are incredible and one can walk from one end of the museum esplanade to the other. The Wheelright can be reached on foot from the Folk Art Museum and on a typical beautiful New Mexico day, the walk itself is a pleasure.
The smallish original exhibition spaces always have interesting contemporary exhibits but for me the main reason to take out of town visitors is the new wing that provides a fabulous introduction to the history of jewelry making in the Southwest. The modern work by various artists is just stunning.
Downstairs, the gift shop is a great way to end a visit. The volunteer staff is very knowledgeable, and there are frequently some pieces available by artists represented in the current exhibits upstairs. The selection includes, besides Jewelry by top craftspeople, Kachinas, pottery, Navajo weaving, books, and just a wide variety of interesting work.
The 1st Sunday of every month is free.

Thank bmillerOaxaca
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Reviewed August 24, 2018 via mobile

They have nice rotating exhibits, but the star of the show is the Southwest jewelry collection, much of it donated by patrons like Byron Harvey. Truly outstanding pieces as well as a history that provides context for what you see in the shops today. Museum setting is nice, too. Does not reciprocate with many other Santa Fe museums.

Thank 993chucks
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Reviewed August 23, 2018 via mobile

Spent a couple hours learning a lot about Native American artists. Beautiful representations of artistry and excellent descriptions of what things were and what the differences between cultures was. The store in the basement had excellent items available in all price ranges and the staff was very helpful and friendly.

Thank KrisParis2011
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Reviewed August 22, 2018

We visited this place while up on Museum Hill for the International Fold Art Museum down the road. It is small so quite accessible. The exhibits are all focused on Native American jewelry/pottery/art and quite interesting. Be sure to visit the Trading Post downstairs which was built to look authentic and has some lovely pieces for sale.

Thank Tracy K
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