Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian

Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian $8 general admission. The Museum is temporarily closed. The Case Trading Post is open, Thursday – Saturday, 10 AM to 4 PM 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!

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The new year is always a time of reflection. We here at the Wheelwright have a long institutional history that we can re...
01/01/2021

The new year is always a time of reflection. We here at the Wheelwright have a long institutional history that we can reflect back on with many challenges and changes. Remember to focus on the good that these changes and challenges bring and look at them as an opportunity to build on your skills. (Photo from the Wheelwright Museum Archives, 1937 Construction of the Museum) #GlimpseInsideWM

Thank You: A Year in Review (Video)!
12/31/2020
Thank You: A Year in Review (Video) 😁

Thank You: A Year in Review (Video)!

Catch up on what is happening at the Wheelwright! As we approach the end of 2020, we want to express our gratitude for all your support during this challenging year. Once again, you have helped us con

12/29/2020

Light snow on our first day re-opening! Schedule your visit at wheelwright.org.

Ready to serve up some holiday cheer? With this silver fabricated Charles Loloma (Hopi) ladle stirring things up in our ...
12/25/2020

Ready to serve up some holiday cheer? With this silver fabricated Charles Loloma (Hopi) ladle stirring things up in our collections, you know our objects are able to dole out a very happy holiday season. (47/1401 #GlimpseInsideWM)

Case Trading Post: 15% Off Sale! + New Items Added
12/20/2020
Case Trading Post: 15% Off Sale! + New Items Added 😁

Case Trading Post: 15% Off Sale! + New Items Added

We appreciate your continued support! Shop for that special gift at the Case Trading Post Pick of the Week: Norbert Peshlakai (Click to Watch) 15% Off Sale No layaway. No returns. All sales final. Use

For those of you who are getting a little stir crazy at home, we want to remind you that sometimes a little "Twilight Ri...
12/11/2020

For those of you who are getting a little stir crazy at home, we want to remind you that sometimes a little "Twilight Ride" is not as fun this time of year. Sometimes the wiser choice is just to stay home, bundled up and warm. (2017.23.068, painting by Earl Biss (Crow) #GlimpseInsideWM)

The exhibition Feminisms, which is a partnership between the Wheelwright Museum and 516 ARTS is a group exhibition curat...
12/10/2020
Contemporary Art Museum in Albuquerque NM | 516 ARTS

The exhibition Feminisms, which is a partnership between the Wheelwright Museum and 516 ARTS is a group exhibition curated by Wheelwright Chief Curator Andrea R. Hanley. The exhibition has been extended through January 30, 2021.

In-person visits by appointment only: Wed - Sat, 12-4pm (due to the pandemic). Schedule your visit at 516arts.org/feminisms or call 505-242-1445. Take a virtual exhibition tour & view catalog: 516arts.org/feminisms. View online public programs: 516arts.org/programs/watch-listen

WHERE: 516 ARTS, 516 Central Ave. SW, Downtown Albuquerque, New Mexico
HOW MUCH: Free
PUBLIC INFO: 505-242-1445, 516arts.org

PRESS CONTACT: Suzanne Sbarge, Executive Director, 516 ARTS, 505-242-1445, [email protected]

Mara Lonner, Memento Mori Clara Peeters (Still Life with Flowers/Tulip), 2019, pastel, gouache and graphite zon paper, 50.5 x 99 inches. On view in Feminisms September 26, 2020 – January 2, 2021.

Larry Golsh's (Pala Mission) architecture and art education from Arizona State University is apparent in many of his abs...
12/04/2020

Larry Golsh's (Pala Mission) architecture and art education from Arizona State University is apparent in many of his abstract sculptural jewelry, such as this gold pin with gemstones. #GlimpseInsideWM (2014.26.054)

Giving Tuesday: Support our Mission and Native Arts!
12/01/2020
Giving Tuesday: Support our Mission and Native Arts! 😁

Giving Tuesday: Support our Mission and Native Arts!

Make everyday a day of giving and support! Today is Giving Tuesday! We invite you to support the Wheelwright Museum in a time of unprecedented challenges. We offer great thanks to those who stepped fo

Today is #GivingTuesday! If the Wheelwright Museum is an organization you enjoy seeing posts from as well as our in pers...
12/01/2020

Today is #GivingTuesday! If the Wheelwright Museum is an organization you enjoy seeing posts from as well as our in person and digital exhibits and programs, please consider becoming a member or renewing your membership to support these activities. We have a number of membership levels with varying levels of benefits (including a discount in our Case Trading Post). We are sure you will find the right one for yourself or one as a gift for someone else. https://wheelwright.org/memberships/

We hope all your recent feasting has not caused you to have to punch an extra hole in your belt, especially if it is a g...
11/27/2020

We hope all your recent feasting has not caused you to have to punch an extra hole in your belt, especially if it is a gorgeous concha belt like this one by Perry Shorty (Navajo) which is on display in our Martha Hopkins Struever Gallery #GlimpseInsideWM (2000.12.001).

Natural light is typically a desirable architectural feature for a building - except for museum collections areas. Over ...
11/24/2020

Natural light is typically a desirable architectural feature for a building - except for museum collections areas. Over time the ultraviolet wavelengths of the sun can cause damage to many types of artwork. Collections staff is excited that through an IMLS INSPIRE! Grant (IGSM-245282-OMS-20), we were able to install UV filtering film on some of our windows. Thanks IMLS!

Case Trading Post: Thanksgiving Week Sale – 25% Off!
11/22/2020
Case Trading Post: Thanksgiving Week Sale – 25% Off! 😁

Case Trading Post: Thanksgiving Week Sale – 25% Off!

We appreciate your continued support! Case Trading Post Pick of the Week: Cippy Crazy Horse (Cochiti) | Encore! (Click to Watch) 25% Off Sale Thanksgiving Week Sunday, November 22 through Sunday, Nove

All this Fall weather has us wanting to bundle up. So we would like to acknowledge all the weavers and textile artists w...
11/20/2020

All this Fall weather has us wanting to bundle up. So we would like to acknowledge all the weavers and textile artists who help keep us warm with this pictorial of weavers by Twyla Nez (Navajo) #GlimpseInsideWM (2003.07.001).

Gearing up for feasts? Our collections staff will not be using these serving spoon and fork titled "Dragonfly" by Victor...
11/13/2020

Gearing up for feasts? Our collections staff will not be using these serving spoon and fork titled "Dragonfly" by Victoria Adams (Cheyenne/Arapaho), but we might pull them out for some light polishing. #GlimpseInsideWM (2003.09.001AB)

Let’s spark some joy! We are extending our in-person Benefit Sale on Friday, November 13 and Saturday, November 14 in th...
11/11/2020

Let’s spark some joy! We are extending our in-person Benefit Sale on Friday, November 13 and Saturday, November 14 in the Wheelwright Library, 1 to 4 pm. Join us for the opportunity to purchase great Native art and jewelry! The Benefit Sale follows COVID safe protocols at all times. You may also schedule a private shopping appointment Monday through Friday, 10 am to 4 pm. with us by contacting Nadia at [email protected] or by calling 505-982-4636 ext. 102.
Take a sneak peek of the sale: https://wheelwright.org/benefit/

This spoon by Kenneth Johnson (Muskogee/Seminole) titled "Spider Brings Fire" reminds us that even little things that sc...
10/30/2020

This spoon by Kenneth Johnson (Muskogee/Seminole) titled "Spider Brings Fire" reminds us that even little things that scare us can be beautiful in their own right #GlimpseInsideWM (2003.17.001). May you stay safe from all things that creep, crawl, and go bump in the night this weekend.

There have been a number of changes in collections here at the Wheelwright over the past month. Thanks to a recently acq...
10/28/2020

There have been a number of changes in collections here at the Wheelwright over the past month. Thanks to a recently acquired IMLS INSPIRE! Grant (IGSM-245282-OMS-20), we have been purchasing a number of items to aid in the care of collections for many years to come. Thank you @us_imls ! #GlimpseInsideWM

Most people think of silver when it comes to Native Southwest jewelry. So this gold watch chain with glass set into the ...
10/23/2020

Most people think of silver when it comes to Native Southwest jewelry. So this gold watch chain with glass set into the pendant will make you take pause and lose track of time while you appreciate its delicate filigree design. #GlimpseInsideWM (unknown artist, 2005.01.007)

For those of you who are wild fall foragers, this object was chosen for you. A tiara made of enamel applied in the pliqu...
10/16/2020

For those of you who are wild fall foragers, this object was chosen for you. A tiara made of enamel applied in the plique-a-jour technique, featuring wild roses and rose hips by Liz Wallace (Navajo/Washo/Maidu) #GlimpseInsideWM (2006.24.001).

Annual Benefit Sale: Oct 10 – 11 (Video Sneak Peek)!
10/10/2020
Annual Benefit Sale: Oct 10 – 11 (Video Sneak Peek)! 😁

Annual Benefit Sale: Oct 10 – 11 (Video Sneak Peek)!

Support our largest annual fundraiser of the year. Annual Benefit Sale The Benefit Sale is the museum's largest fundraiser that supports future exhibitions, educational programming, and general operat

Fall has us here at the Wheelwright loving objects in our collections that reflect the Fall colors around us. The green ...
10/09/2020

Fall has us here at the Wheelwright loving objects in our collections that reflect the Fall colors around us. The green glass set into this gold filigree pin reminds us of the beauty in leaves changing colors. #GlimpseInsideWM (unknown artist, 2005.01.018)

Annual Benefit Sale: Oct 9 – 11 (Sneak Peek #3)!
10/08/2020
Annual Benefit Sale: Oct 9 – 11 (Sneak Peek #3)! 😁

Annual Benefit Sale: Oct 9 – 11 (Sneak Peek #3)!

Support our largest annual fundraiser of the year. The Annual Benefit Sale Starts Tomorrow! October 9 – 11, 2020  Friday, October 9 | 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Early Bird Sale ($20) Tickets can be purcha

Annual Benefit Sale: Oct 9 – 11 (Sneak Peek #2)!
10/06/2020
Annual Benefit Sale: Oct 9 – 11 (Sneak Peek #2)! 😁

Annual Benefit Sale: Oct 9 – 11 (Sneak Peek #2)!

Support our largest annual fundraiser of the year. Join us for our Annual Benefit Sale The Benefit Sale is the museum's largest fundraiser that supports future exhibitions, educational programming, an

Annual Benefit Sale: Oct 9 – 11 (Sneak Peek #1)!
10/04/2020
Annual Benefit Sale: Oct 9 – 11 (Sneak Peek #1)! 😁

Annual Benefit Sale: Oct 9 – 11 (Sneak Peek #1)!

Support our largest annual fundraiser of the year. Join us for our Annual Benefit Sale The Benefit Sale is the museum's largest fundraiser that supports future exhibitions, educational programming, an

This bracelet has a heavy silver band set with a turquoise stone in a saw tooth bezel and deep stamping of rectangles an...
09/29/2020

This bracelet has a heavy silver band set with a turquoise stone in a saw tooth bezel and deep stamping of rectangles and diamonds. There is extreme wear on the sides of bezel that suggests it's vintage age of between 1890 and 1910. It is currently on display in our Center for the Study of Southwestern Jewelry Gallery, for those of you who would like to learn more about vintage Navajo jewelry. (unknown Navajo artist, 47/0202)

Case Trading Post: 15% Off Sale!
09/27/2020
Case Trading Post: 15% Off Sale! 😁

Case Trading Post: 15% Off Sale!

We appreciate your continued support! Case Trading Post 15% OFF Online Sale No layaway. All sales final. Use coupon code: 15off Free shipping on purchases $50 or more. Order online or over the phone!

Thank you, Jennifer Levin and the Pasitempo | Santa Fe New Mexican, for such an excellent article on "Feminisms," a new ...
09/25/2020
Radical elasticity: "Feminisms" at 516 ARTS

Thank you, Jennifer Levin and the Pasitempo | Santa Fe New Mexican, for such an excellent article on "Feminisms," a new exhibition in partnership with 516 Arts and the Wheelwright Museum. We appreciate your support of women artists and art. Register for the virtual reception (this Saturday, 9/26, 6 pm, MST) or schedule your in-person visit at 516arts.org.

https://www.santafenewmexican.com/pasatiempo/art/radical-elasticity-feminisms-at-516-arts/article_1bf4cd46-f699-11ea-9a43-ff0b1e3b18e8.html

"Feminism" can be a loaded word, but pluralizing it has the potential to add new layers of perspective. Some of these are addressed in Feminisms, a new exhibit featuring 13

May your late summer flowers continue to bloom like these lively bronze sunflowers by Dan Namingha (Hopi/Tewa) which rem...
09/25/2020

May your late summer flowers continue to bloom like these lively bronze sunflowers by Dan Namingha (Hopi/Tewa) which remind us that slowly summer is fading away, and fall is coming. #GlimpseInsideWM (2017.23.172)

James Little's (Navajo) traditional upbringing on the Navajo Nation in Arizona is noticeable in all of his uniquely cont...
09/22/2020

James Little's (Navajo) traditional upbringing on the Navajo Nation in Arizona is noticeable in all of his uniquely contemporary designs. This gold ring shows his style with an abstract face emerging from the carved coral stone. What other traditional imagery do you see? #GlimpseInsideWM (2014.28.040)

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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

Tuesday 10:00 - 16:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 16:00
Thursday 10:00 - 16:00
Friday 10:00 - 16:00
Saturday 10:00 - 16:00

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(505) 982-4636

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My many years of Rothko research has led me to the Wheelwright. In 1938, Mark Rothkowitz visited the Wheelwright which you know was then the Navajo Museum of Ceremonial Art. He was transformed by the experience and 30 years later that cathartic experience in Santa Fe was reflected in the design concept of what is now known as the Rothko Chapel in Houston. Rothko's vision prevailed over the original architect of record, Philip Johnson.
Hello, I opened an email about Norbert's classes, I would like to "share" his event. Can you link that to me so that I can support him and his art. Thank you.
Awesome news on Navajo Intern! Congrats to Toledo.
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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?