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Address: 121 Sandia Crest Rd., Sandia Park, NM 87047
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+1 505-281-5233

A "museum" built out of concrete and 55,000 bottles that houses...

A "museum" built out of concrete and 55,000 bottles that houses 20,000 handcarved miniatures.

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Lots of visual stimuli . Fun items and the unique. Children love it . Easy to find and on the way to top of Sandia crest.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 17 January 2017
Sandi M
Sandia Park, New Mexico
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Sandia Park, New Mexico
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

Lots of visual stimuli . Fun items and the unique. Children love it . Easy to find and on the way to top of Sandia crest.

Thank Sandi M
Baltimore, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 162 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

October 6, 2016 - While visiting Albuquerque for the hot air balloon festival, we decided to drive out toward Turquoise Highway to see the Tinkertown Museum. Admission is a nominal $3 for seniors. Upon paying the admission, you get a quarter to drop into the first animated exhibit that also plays country music. You should get a few quarters because... More 

Thank JerryH9905
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2016

The website describes this as "22 rooms overflowing with ingeniously carved creatures, animated scenes, and astounding collections of folk art". There's so much to see as you wind your way through the amazing exhibits that it felt like more than 22 rooms. Some of the animated exhibits require quarters; they give you one when you buy your tickets, but bring... More 

Thank backnforth2nfro
Wheaton, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016 via mobile

Worth a drive and definitely allot the time to spend a couple of hours at least. This warren of amazing collections from dolls to art to carnival items to knives is only surpassed by the mind-boggling workd of miniatures. Ross Ward, master woodworker and artist created a whole wild west town in miniature along with a circus and other art..... More 

1 Thank Martha S
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

My wife and I visited the museum on the recommendation of our adult children. We were not disappointed. They have an amazing collection of exhibits. We especially liked the circus layouts, complete with automated figures and wonderful colors. This is a great place to spend a few hours, young and old alike.

1 Thank Jerry W
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016 via mobile

The cost is next to nothing but the exhibits are claustrophobic and silly. Not worth the stop for any age group.

Thank Pat S
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46 attraction reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016 via mobile

This quirky little place would be a perfectly fine stop on the drive up to Sandia Peak if not for the lingering racism and urine. Several displays include figurines in blackface and most of the outdoor area reeks of cat urine. It seems like both problems could be easily cleaned up.

1 Thank ReadyForThisJelly
Waco, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016

This is one of the most amazing collections of everything you will ever see. The location is about 20 minutes out of Albuquerque. You pay a small admission fee and the sites you see are well worth it. The pictures and reviews do not do justice to this attraction.

Thank Ray L
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016 via mobile

Really enjoyed the museum. Lots to see and do. If you're a crafty person, you will be challenged by the tinkering done here.

Thank Patrick T
Embudo, New Mexico
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016 via mobile

My husband and I were on our way home from the Albuquerque International Balloon fiesta and decided to take the scenic by-way home, cruise up to Sandia crest and the Turquoise trail. I had heard of Tinkertown before so we decided to stop. I was pleasantly surprised by that decision. The creativity and loving care and the detailed details! The... More 

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