Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian, Santa Fe

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The Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian is a museum devoted to Native American arts. It is located in Santa Fe, New Mexico and was founded in 1937 by Mary Cabot Wheelwright, who came from Boston, and Hastiin Klah, a Navajo singer and medicine man.
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  • This is one of 4 museums on Museum Hill. The views outside are lovely and there is wonderful outdoor sculpture around the buildings and in the gardens. During our visit April 2021, the museum was...  more »
  • It's an incredibly interesting little museum with great exhibits. Every time they have a new exhibit they completely transform the interior space. Wonderful story behind the museum's origins and the.....  more »
  • What a wonderful museum! Small, intimate, feels very personal. Everyone on staff was super friendly, helpful and welcoming. I really enjoyed the exhibits featuring indigenous New Mexican artists, and watching the videos of the artists discussing their perspectives and creative process. The museum gift shop is a replica of a trading post. I just wish they had a larger selection of museum books.
  • What a wonderful museum! A stunning exhibit by Rose B. Simpson and whoever did the lighting for her pieces should be nominated (and subsequently win) an award! The commentary by Bob Haozous was poignant without descending into cynicism and nihilism (the same could be said of Rose!) don’t miss their video interviews - definitely watch them before you go through the museum as it adds so much context and character to their works. Definitely hit the trading post to support the local artists and the museum as they have some great pieces, books, etc... for reasonable prices. The irony of buying something is not lost on me given the character of the exhibits but this place is what markets should aspire to support - vote with your money and your feet to spread the vital messages this museum conveys, to support their fabulous permanent jewelry collection, and to learn and experience contemporary culture that deserves to be spread!

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