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Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian

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Address: 704 Camino Lejo, Santa Fe, NM 87505-7511
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+1 505-982-4636
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Sun 13:00 - 17:00
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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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The New History of Native American Jewelry Wing is Just Fabulous!

The Wheelwright is one of our favorite museums on Museum Hill. It is the furthest south of all the museums. There is now a $5 admission fee instead of the voluntary donation... read more

Reviewed 6 November 2015
MaryEllenM27
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Kalispell, Montana

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Kalispell, Montana
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Reviewed 6 November 2015

The Wheelwright is one of our favorite museums on Museum Hill. It is the furthest south of all the museums. There is now a $5 admission fee instead of the voluntary donation. It is worth it! The history of native american jewelry is the best of its kind we have ever seen. They added a wing for this permanent exhibit... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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Reviewed 5 November 2015

If you're interested in Native American culture this is the place, especially the Case Trading Post. Staff very knowledgeable, displays spectacular.

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Sammamish, Washington
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Reviewed 30 October 2015

We visited this wonderful museum because we so thoroughly enjoy American Indian artwork. The museum is divided into two sections, one with examples of native artwork covering many years and the other dedicated primarily to southwest Indian jewelry and how it has evolved over the years. We were lucky to have arrived when a docent was available to take a... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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Reviewed 27 October 2015

We were actually headed to the Museum of Folk Art, but saw this museum first, so this is where we stopped. Admission is $5 a person and we were invited to join a group who were videoing the curator and the president of a national American Indian Art society. The things we learned were incredible. I don't think we could... More 

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Portland
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Reviewed 26 October 2015

We visited the museum as a closed event to our convention group in the evening. Fabulous jewelry exhibit ongoing. I have visited this museum several times before and each time the seasonal exhibits and permanent exhibits are exceptional. Case Trading Post is downstairs and not advertised when you go into the museum, but the items for sale are a great... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Reviewed 22 October 2015

Founded in 1937, the Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian is New Mexico’s oldest non-profit, independent museum. The Wheelwright offers unique exhibitions of contemporary and historic Native American art. It is famous for its focus on little-known genres and for solo shows by living Native American artists. In June 2015, the Wheelwright Museum opened the Jim and Lauris Phillips Center... More 

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Reviewed 21 October 2015

We didn't really find this museum that interesting, it has some relics which are great but it has more modern type silver stone jewellery than anything else, which if you are a jeweller that would be great but personally we were not that thrilled! The gift shop jewellery is way over priced, really the makers have been badly advised, if... More 

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Hightstown, New Jersey
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Reviewed 18 October 2015 via mobile

This beautiful museum gallery has a great collection of exquisite native American crafts, both old and new. The show continues in their boutique gift shop. They have top quality stunning silver pieces in their inventory.

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Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed 16 October 2015

I just went here and the exhibit is AMAZING. It showcases contemporary native American jewelers. I recommend visiting the gift shop downstairs because all handcrafted items are verified made by Native Americans.

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Monterey Park, California
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Reviewed 10 October 2015 via mobile

But I loved it. I enjoyed reading the stories of the Indian artists, don't miss the trading post on a different (I think lower) floor.

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