Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian

Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian $8 general admission. Open seven days a week, 10-5. Visit our website at www.wheelwright.org.
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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!

Looking for a unique Native basket from out of the area? Drop by the #CaseTradingPost for this sea urchin point motif ba...
02/12/2020

Looking for a unique Native basket from out of the area? Drop by the #CaseTradingPost for this sea urchin point motif basket by Sarah Sockbeson (Penobscot). It’s intricately woven black ash and sweetgrass with an antler embellished lid will have you longing for the east coast.

We have more than just pretty things in our collection. We also have molds and tools used in silver jewelry production b...
02/07/2020

We have more than just pretty things in our collection. We also have molds and tools used in silver jewelry production by Native artists - such as this mold and casting example. #GlimpseInsideWM (51/0038BC)

02/07/2020

Due to a power outage that is affecting all of Museum Hill, we will not be opening at 10am. PNM expects the power to be back on at 11am. Sorry for any inconvenience.

Has it been one of those weeks? Consider dropping by our #CaseTradingPost to hug it out with one of our Navajo Teddy Bea...
02/06/2020

Has it been one of those weeks? Consider dropping by our #CaseTradingPost to hug it out with one of our Navajo Teddy Bears. Give them a chance and they will make you smile.

Happy #InspireYourHeartWithArtDay! We hope this inspires you to create some art or visit your favorite museum today. #Gl...
01/31/2020

Happy #InspireYourHeartWithArtDay! We hope this inspires you to create some art or visit your favorite museum today. #GlimpseInsideWM (47/0628)

Riddle me this, do you have a puzzle to work on for today’s #NationalPuzzleDay? Consider purchasing our David Bradley pu...
01/29/2020

Riddle me this, do you have a puzzle to work on for today’s #NationalPuzzleDay? Consider purchasing our David Bradley puzzle or one of our other puzzles - now available in the #CaseTradingPost.

Today on National #BeerCanAppreciationDay, we appreciate Lisa Holt's (Cochiti Pueblo) attention to detail in her figurin...
01/25/2020

Today on National #BeerCanAppreciationDay, we appreciate Lisa Holt's (Cochiti Pueblo) attention to detail in her figurines. #GlimpseInsideWM (2004.20.112)

Our #CaseTradingPost is full of many vintage treasures. Including this signed black on black Maria Martinez (San Ildefon...
01/22/2020

Our #CaseTradingPost is full of many vintage treasures. Including this signed black on black Maria Martinez (San Ildefonso) that features a Mimbres bird and geometric patterns. If you consider yourself a collector of San I pottery and you don’t have a piece by Maria – now’s your chance!

Today are celebrating National #BootleggersDay by admiring our Navajo made silver shot glass collection. Did you know th...
01/17/2020

Today are celebrating National #BootleggersDay by admiring our Navajo made silver shot glass collection. Did you know that the term bootlegger predates the prohibition? The term dates back to the 1880s and is in reference to carrying a flask in one's boot. #GlimpseInsideWM (2013.01.0762)

Our collections manager/registrar taking a #museumselfie in collections storage. Feel free to direct research inquiries ...
01/15/2020

Our collections manager/registrar taking a #museumselfie in collections storage. Feel free to direct research inquiries and collections questions to her at [email protected] #museumselfieday #museumselfieday2020

Next time you are visiting, make sure you ask to try on some of our new and vintage Native American made jewelry and tak...
01/15/2020

Next time you are visiting, make sure you ask to try on some of our new and vintage Native American made jewelry and take a #museumselfie #museumselfieday #museumselfieday2020

Don’t forget to take a #museumselfie today. The Wheelwright has the perfect opportunity for you to pose with your favori...
01/15/2020

Don’t forget to take a #museumselfie today. The Wheelwright has the perfect opportunity for you to pose with your favorite Native Artist. #museumselfieday #museumselfieday2020

Looking to purchase some vintage native jewelry where proceeds go to a good cause. Consider dropping by the #CaseTrading...
01/15/2020

Looking to purchase some vintage native jewelry where proceeds go to a good cause. Consider dropping by the #CaseTradingPost for this Angie Keano Owen (Santo Domingo) shell necklace with spiny oyster, turquoise, and jet or one of many other unique pieces.

Happy National #SaveTheEaglesDay. We hope this eagle dancer will help you reflect upon what you can do to help eagles an...
01/10/2020

Happy National #SaveTheEaglesDay. We hope this eagle dancer will help you reflect upon what you can do to help eagles and preserve the knowledge about eagles in Native culture. #GlimpseInsideWM (2004.20.076)

If you are a fan of Ricardo Cate’s (Santo Domingo) work, it is not too late to come by the #CaseTradingPost to purchase ...
01/08/2020

If you are a fan of Ricardo Cate’s (Santo Domingo) work, it is not too late to come by the #CaseTradingPost to purchase some of his work. Either a painting such as “Snowmen” or his book Without Reservations.

In addition to admiring Loloma’s jewelry today, the Wheelwright staff are eating birthday cake. Happy 99th Birthday Char...
01/07/2020

In addition to admiring Loloma’s jewelry today, the Wheelwright staff are eating birthday cake. Happy 99th Birthday Charles Loloma!!!

Happy Birthday!! Today would have been Charles Loloma's 99th birthday. The Wheelwright is celebrating by admiring and sh...
01/07/2020

Happy Birthday!! Today would have been Charles Loloma's 99th birthday. The Wheelwright is celebrating by admiring and sharing some of his masterfully made jewelry. Come check out our permanent exhibit to see more of his work.

We loved seeing this little gal in the gallery enjoying the animated film, Navajo Coyote Tales in the exhibition, Laught...
01/06/2020

We loved seeing this little gal in the gallery enjoying the animated film, Navajo Coyote Tales in the exhibition, Laughter and Resilience: Humor in Native Art currently on view.

We are thrilled that our current exhibition, Laughter and Resilience: Humor in Native American Art, made First American ...
01/03/2020
First American Art Magazine's Top Ten Native Art Events of 2019 | First American Art Magazine

We are thrilled that our current exhibition, Laughter and Resilience: Humor in Native American Art, made First American Art Magazine's top ten art events of 2019. Many thanks to America Meredith and her staff at First American Art Magazine.

Artists, scholars, critics, and FAAM editors choose the top ten greatest achievements in Native arts in 2019—from protecting sacred, ancestral sites to groundbreaking experimental exhibitions

This Timex has probably taken many a good licking, and is no longer ticking - but look at those huge chunks of turquoise...
01/03/2020

This Timex has probably taken many a good licking, and is no longer ticking - but look at those huge chunks of turquoise! What excellent silversmith work by Richard Yazzie (Navajo) #GlimpseInsideWM (2007.31.003)

Still looking for the perfect calendar to start the new year with? Well, the #CaseTradingPost has a few for you to choos...
01/01/2020

Still looking for the perfect calendar to start the new year with? Well, the #CaseTradingPost has a few for you to choose from, but they are going fast.

This micaceous ceramic jar from the Santa Clara Pueblo is home to a sweet little lizard. #GlimpseInsideWM (2017.23.202)
12/27/2019

This micaceous ceramic jar from the Santa Clara Pueblo is home to a sweet little lizard. #GlimpseInsideWM (2017.23.202)

Nothing says holidays like binge watching your favorite holiday classics. For our fellow Dr. Who fans, we hope the holid...
12/25/2019

Nothing says holidays like binge watching your favorite holiday classics. For our fellow Dr. Who fans, we hope the holiday specials can help you look past who Santiago (James) Romero's (Cochiti/Taos/Santa Ana) "The Magnetor" is modeled after and find a home for this basket impressed vessel. Now available at the #CaseTradingPost.

If you haven't come and seen our new humor exhibition... apparently not only is laughter the best medicine, but visiting...
12/20/2019
Visit museums or art galleries and you may live longer, new research suggests

If you haven't come and seen our new humor exhibition... apparently not only is laughter the best medicine, but visiting us is good for your long term health.

A trip to the theater, museum or art gallery could help you live longer. And the more often you get that culture fix the better, a new study suggests.

We hope this bracelet of three cardinals, inlayed with coral, jet, and turquoise by Porfilio and Ann Sheyka (Zuni) bring...
12/20/2019

We hope this bracelet of three cardinals, inlayed with coral, jet, and turquoise by Porfilio and Ann Sheyka (Zuni) brings a little brightness to your day. #GlimpseInsideWM (2011.21.2)

Looking for a way to bring a little bit of our "Laughter and Resilience" exhibit home with your? Consider purchasing thi...
12/18/2019

Looking for a way to bring a little bit of our "Laughter and Resilience" exhibit home with your? Consider purchasing this whimsical Tohono O'odham duck basket made of Yucca, beargrass, and devil's claw from the #CaseTradingPost

As we approach the cold months of winter, this ceramic elk (Santa Clara Pueblo) gets to stay nice and warm in our collec...
12/13/2019

As we approach the cold months of winter, this ceramic elk (Santa Clara Pueblo) gets to stay nice and warm in our collection. #GlimpseInsideWM (2017.23.223)

Looking to be a barrel of laughs at your upcoming holiday party? Consider purchasing this "Barrel of Monkeys" silver bel...
12/11/2019

Looking to be a barrel of laughs at your upcoming holiday party? Consider purchasing this "Barrel of Monkeys" silver belt buckle with gator leather made by Cody Sanderson (Navajo) at the #CaseTradingPost

Made from pine needles and beads by Shirley Kills-On-Sight (Navajo), this miniature beaded basket lacks no detail in its...
12/06/2019

Made from pine needles and beads by Shirley Kills-On-Sight (Navajo), this miniature beaded basket lacks no detail in its colorful peyote stitch. #GlimpseInsideWM (43/0515)

Today is a volunteer day in collections. One project a few volunteers have been working on has them diving deep into old...
12/05/2019

Today is a volunteer day in collections. One project a few volunteers have been working on has them diving deep into old catalog sheets. Much of the early collection has drawings on the back of the catalog sheets and we have been in awe of these works of art and documentation. This image of Hastiin Klah's bow guard (47/116) is just one example.

Still looking for a versatile holiday gift? Consider purchasing these pin/pendants by Beverley Etsate (Zuni), which are ...
12/04/2019

Still looking for a versatile holiday gift? Consider purchasing these pin/pendants by Beverley Etsate (Zuni), which are available at the #CaseTradingPost.

Thanks for the coverage Albuquerque Journal! Please join us this weekend for our inaugural holiday market.
11/29/2019
Filling a void: Inaugural holiday market accents affordability

Thanks for the coverage Albuquerque Journal! Please join us this weekend for our inaugural holiday market.

The Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian has gathered more than 40 artists from across New Mexico and Arizona to sell their work in a free

This turtle Zuni fetish is probably easily one of our smallest and most intricately decorated in the collection. #Glimps...
11/29/2019

This turtle Zuni fetish is probably easily one of our smallest and most intricately decorated in the collection. #GlimpseInsideWM (2012.01.089)

Coffee and Culture on KTRC Santa Fe’s Talk Radio with host Jennifer Villela featuring Wheelwright’s Public Relations Man...
11/27/2019

Coffee and Culture on KTRC Santa Fe’s Talk Radio with host Jennifer Villela featuring Wheelwright’s Public Relations Manager Ben Calabaza and Chief Curator Andrea Hanley. Thanks for inviting us Jennifer!

Has our current exhibit inspired you to add more Native humor to your art collection? Consider purchasing a Ricardo Cate...
11/26/2019

Has our current exhibit inspired you to add more Native humor to your art collection? Consider purchasing a Ricardo Cate painting from our #CaseTradingPost. Remember we have a sale going on all week.

Looking for a non-traditional educational gift that is fun or a way to transmit communications in secret? Consider this ...
11/25/2019

Looking for a non-traditional educational gift that is fun or a way to transmit communications in secret? Consider this Code Talker Manual available for purchase at our #CaseTradingPost Remember that most items in the Case Trading Post are 20% off this week!

It's a peacock pin, no wait it's also a pendant. Oh the versatility of some of the vintage items in our collection! #Gli...
11/22/2019

It's a peacock pin, no wait it's also a pendant. Oh the versatility of some of the vintage items in our collection! #GlimpseInsideWM (2010.18.404)

Thanks Santa Fe Reporter for such a great article on our current exhibition.
11/20/2019
It is to Laugh

Thanks Santa Fe Reporter for such a great article on our current exhibition.

Laughter and Resilience: Humor in Native American Art at the Wheelwright

Thank you Santa Fe Reporter for a great article about one of our current exhibits!
11/20/2019
Santa Fe Reporter

Thank you Santa Fe Reporter for a great article about one of our current exhibits!

See this Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian show as soon as humanly possible.

Are your friends accusing you of hibernating this winter? Consider buying this from our #CaseTradingPost for a night on ...
11/20/2019

Are your friends accusing you of hibernating this winter? Consider buying this from our #CaseTradingPost for a night on the town with this 14k gold bear bolo with silver overlay bolo by Gary Elsie Yoyokie (Hopi).

It is hard not to carve away a piece of your heart to make room for this folk art wood bird by Edyth John (Navajo) that ...
11/15/2019

It is hard not to carve away a piece of your heart to make room for this folk art wood bird by Edyth John (Navajo) that makes its nest in out collection. #GlimpseInsideWM (2004.07.005)

Looking for a unique Native made gift for a younger person on your holiday shopping list. We have a variety of sizes and...
11/13/2019

Looking for a unique Native made gift for a younger person on your holiday shopping list. We have a variety of sizes and colors of David Sloan’s (Navajo) "Happy Sheep" t-shirt. There’s no need to be sheepish when you are wearing one of these good-looking shirts. For sale now at our #CaseTradingPost.

Today is brought to you by the letter R for Reading. We hope that many kids will enjoy our new reading space, decked out...
11/10/2019

Today is brought to you by the letter R for Reading. We hope that many kids will enjoy our new reading space, decked out with playful artwork by Heidi Brandow (Diné/Kanaka Māoli). A special thanks to Sesame Street for helping many of us with the building blocks of reading for the past 50 years! #Sesame50

Address

704 Camino Lejo
Santa Fe, NM
87505

The M bus comes directly to the museum from downtown. Many hotels also offer a complimentary shuttle. Parking onsite is free.

Opening Hours

Monday 10:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 17:00
Thursday 10:00 - 17:00
Friday 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday 10:00 - 17:00
Sunday 10:00 - 17:00

Telephone

(505) 982-4636

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I found this in a 2nd hand store in Martinsburg, WV, this week. It is not an antique (not even vintage?) but had some interesting info on it--including the pipe. Could not find either the name of "Richmond F. Allan" or "Little Big Chief Flowing Words" anywhere, but I was intrigued by "Victim of massacre" & 1968 date. I know there were a lot of Native American-related protests from the mid-60's thru the 70's & onward. The pipe does appear to be made from real stone (I'm not even a rock expert.) Plaque appears to be home made, but who ever made it, is an artist. Not really interested in "value", but would like to get more background info if available, especially family attachments if any. I once found a family bible in the same shop & paid $15 for it. Appraised at around $600-700 over the phone by the Bible Museum owned by the Chick Filet family. Published in 1871! Was able to track down the daughter of the most recently deceased owner of the bible. NO!! I didn't make her buy it. (Every time I thought of doing that the spirit of my late Pastor, Gerald Kuhn--retired WWII, USMC veteran-- smacked me up side the head.) She worked 2 miles from my house & never even knew such a family treasure existed. These things amaze me. Any other direction I can go for more info?