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Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian

704 Camino Lejo, Santa Fe, NM 87505-7511
+1 505-982-4636
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Better if you like Native Am Jewelry

Smaller museum with great jewelry. Little light on other native regalia, clothing, decorative and... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Thomas S
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Wichita, Kansas
I liked this museum, but it's not for everyone

I enjoyed the two hours I spent at the museum. I like Native American jewelry and was very... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Whistler'smom
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Novi, MI
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The museum features changing exhibitions of contemporary and historic Native American art with an emphasis on the Southwest.
  • Excellent61%
  • Very good26%
  • Average7%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible1%
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Hours Today: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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704 Camino Lejo, Santa Fe, NM 87505-7511
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Smaller museum with great jewelry. Little light on other native regalia, clothing, decorative and fine art. $8 entry fee.

Thank Thomas S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I enjoyed the two hours I spent at the museum. I like Native American jewelry and was very interested in the displays on the subject. I also enjoyed the fact it was uncrowded and the employees, and even the security guard, were friendly and chatty....More

Thank Whistler'smom
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is not a large, comprehensive museum. Only has about three galleries but the work there is beautiful (Native American silversmith and jewelry exhibits are outstanding). Some might think the admission fee of $8 is a bit steep, given the size of the museum. Case...More

Thank Jim H
Reviewed 11 October 2017

This was one of the highlights of our trip to Santa Fe. Very well done and has a very broad selection of beautiful work.

Thank Mary W
Reviewed 9 October 2017

Museum Hill has four museums that can be easily seen in a morning or afternoon visit. The Wheelwright Museum is one of the four and was well done, as were the others.

Thank janegilbreath
Reviewed 8 October 2017

Wonderful museum with a fabulous gift shop including original jewelry pieces. A pleasnt walk, beautiful view and access to other excellent treasures on Museum Hill.

Thank Nopaperwork
Reviewed 5 October 2017

While at Museum Hill, this museum was not familiar for us. The silver collection was fabulous! But interesting was all the detailed beadwork done by various tribes. Bridles? Never thought to see some detailed silverwork like this! A must!

Thank Irma W
Reviewed 5 October 2017

To me, this felt like a museum searching for a purpose. The original collection has been repatriated, and yet there is still a museum. Also clear from the existing collection is that the government's goal to wipe out the Southwestern Native American culture was pretty...More

1  Thank smtucker
Reviewed 3 October 2017

Boy, can you see the mind of the curator in a collection! Native Americans with goofy modern eyeglasses, papooses with "baby on board" triangles, stuff like that. Good thing I'm not Indian or I might be offended. Oh wait, I am and I am, a...More

2  Thank jimjimjim2015
Wheelwright M, Public Relations and Web Coordinator at Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

I am sorry to hear that you did not enjoy Beads: A Universe of Meaning. The mannequin is wearing the regalia of Arapaho/Seneca beadwork artist Ken Williams Jr., as explained in the panel adjacent to the case. The glasses on the mannequin are Ken's own...More

Reviewed 2 October 2017

This was our first museum we went to in Santa Fe. It starts out seeming to be very small with the beading area. Some of the display descriptions were difficult to see because it was too dark on the sign. I find the beadwork incredible...More

Thank Beth_sage
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