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Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian
Ranked #19 of 270 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.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Stairs / lift
Reviewed 28 May 2014

The Wheelwright is a small museum up the road from the state operated museums at Museum Hill. There are no permanent exhibits. Each show highlights an artist or group of artists working in the same genre. The exhibits change every few months and are always very well done. The building resembles a Navajo Hogan and is sited traditionally with the entry facing east. Downstairs in the Case Trading Post where you will find one of the best selections of native American art for sale in Santa Fe. Nothing bogus or of questionable provenance here. The trading post also has a fine selection of books. Admission is free though donations are accepted.

Thank Hemerocallis3
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Reviewed 21 May 2014

I think the reviewer below visited (and reviewed) the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture which is close to the Wheelwright. The Wheelwright is quite small and currently only has an exhibit of Will Wilson's photography. Interesting, but not my thing. However, the Case Trading Post gift shop is well worth visiting this museum. Lots of high quality jewelry, pottery, books, Kachina dolls, etc. Not inexpensive, but excellent quality. The construction project will increase the size of the museum and should have been done by May 2014. It looks like they still have a lot of work to do.

3  Thank George H
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Reviewed 17 May 2014

I am a member who lives in California and always make a point to visit this wonderful museum. The museum's gift shop, The Case Trading Post, is recreated in the manner of a classic trading post at the turn of the 20th century. The shop features some of the best Southwestern pueblo and Navajo pottery in Santa Fe at reasonable prices along with jewelry, books, and tasteful artistic souvenirs. The staff are helpful and friendly. The museum's exhibitions feature classic Southwestern art and worth a visit. Admission is free and donations are encouraged...a good thing.

2  Thank SFOBEYOND
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Reviewed 15 April 2014

This will be an awesome museum when finished. It is currently under construction. There is very little available to see at this time.

Thank coconuthulapie
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Reviewed 28 March 2014

While the display was just satisfactory, i have to recommend the store as the best. Authentic Indian made items with a well-versed staff.

1  Thank OldManDoc
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