Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian, Santa Fe

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The Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian offers unique exhibitions of contemporary and historic Native American art. We’re famous for our focus on little-known genres, and for solo shows by living Native American artists. We originate every exhibition, bringing you new research, fresh perspectives, and a richness of visual expression you won’t see anywhere else.

Our museum shop, the Case Trading Post, features the best in contemporary craft and fine arts by more than 200 Native American artists, as well as a great selection of vintage and antique jewelry, ceramics, and textiles. The Case Trading Post is Santa Fe's oldest continuously operating gallery of Native American art.

The Wheelwright is open seven days a week. The general admission fee is $8.00. Admission fees apply to adult tour groups. Admission to the museum will be free to the public the first Sunday of every month. Admission is free for museum members, Native Americans, children under the age of 12, students with a valid student id, and active military.

Celebrating over 75 years as New Mexico’s oldest, independent, non-profit museum!
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  • Any one of the museums on Museum Hill is a recommended destination. You can spend a whole day at any single museum, so maybe plan a few days in a row at each of the destinations on Museum Hill. The pe...  more »
  • Others mentioned the jewelry, but it's really wearable art, not trinkets, on display. If I remember the display correctly, metallurgic art didn't come to these indigenous people until ~150 years ago, ...  more »
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  • 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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