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“Great Small Museum” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian

Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian
Ranked #21 of 259 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.
Pagosa Springs, Colorado
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79 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“Great Small Museum”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 4, 2013

The Wheelwright is a privately-funded small museum of Native American art and crafts on Museum Hill near the other major museums. It is free! The displays of Navajo weavings and contemporary beadwork were excellent. Very well interpreted. A very fine gift shop as well with some really superb arts and jewelry. Highly recommended.

Visited November 2013
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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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17 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“The best hidden museum on Museum Hill in Santa Fe”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 26, 2013

An intimate beautiful museum with wonderful Native American exhibits. Catch the Fort Lewis Durango Navajo blanket exhibit until April, 2014. The most impressive part is the old Case Trading Post with marvelous treasures of Native American craft both vintage and contemporary conceived by the best artisans and reasonably priced. Specially made items just sold at the Case. Definitely worth many visits for gift buying and collecting. Families have been coming for years to add to their Katsina and fetish collections. Children love the beaded necklaces, etc. Something for everyone.

Visited November 2013
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Cottage Grove, Minnesota
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352 reviews
129 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 179 helpful votes
“Nice small museum”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 22, 2013

This museum is located a short drive down a dirt road from the Museum of Indian Arts & Culture. There is no fee but donations are recommended. I found the building itself to be fascinating. It was designed like a traditional Hogan and no nails or screws were used in the construction. Be sure to look up when you walk in and see the timbers of the roof.
The museum itself is relatively small and when we were there featured a collection of Native American blankets, Serapes and jewelry. Many of the pieces were very old but in perfect condition and quite interesting to see. The Docent at the front door recommended we go down the stairs to their Trading Post. While there are some ordinary pieces of local art down there, we found a small beautiful pot unlike anything we'd seen on our 3 week driving trip of the southwest. The prices were very fair as well. My companion bought a pair of pawned turquoise earrings from the 1960's that perfectly matched a bracelet she bought on the trip. The ladies working there wrapped everything for travelling which was very nice.

Visited November 2013
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192 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
“Small (yet Powerful) Museum: Free Admission”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 19, 2013

Although they ask for donations, the Wheelwright is free to the public. While we visited, there was a beautiful exhibit on Navaho blankets and sarapes: what a pristine collection. The gift shop downstairs which was recommended to us as having the best of the best Native American gifts was quite nice but super expensive. (We found the vendors on the streets to have comparable items at lower prices.) It won't take long to see what this museum has to offer, but it's worth a short visit to see the unique space and their rotating exhibits.

Visited October 2013
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Fairfax Station, Virginia
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23 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Small and delightful”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 6, 2013

A wonderful little gem of a museum... the current exhibit was on Navaho blankets and jewelry. A docent was there to make the experience that much more personal. Downstairs is a delightful gift shop if you want to take home a treasure. Overall, a wonderful experience.

Visited October 2013
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