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Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian
Type: History Museums, Museums
The Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian was the first museum on Santa Fe's Museum Hill, now home to four. Boston heiress Mary Cabot Wheelwright, who'd relocated to Santa Fe, and esteemed Navajo... Read More
The Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian was the first museum on Santa Fe's Museum Hill, now home to four. Boston heiress Mary Cabot Wheelwright, who'd relocated to Santa Fe, and esteemed Navajo singer ("medicine man") Hosteen Klah founded the museum in 1937. The Wheelwright just completed a 7,000 square foot expansion and is opening new galleries. The Center for the Study of Southwestern Jewelry, their first permanent exhibition, opens in June 2015. It will showcase the museum's collection jewelry and of archival materials related to Navajo and Pueblo silver work. The small Alcove Gallery will host pieces from the museum's permanent collection. While there visit the Case Trading Post, opened in 1975. Conceived as part museum shop and part "living exhibition," it offers high-quality antique and contemporary Native American art to purchase while teaching about the importance and practices of the trading posts traditionally found on the Navajo reservation.
- Daily 10am-5pm
- Adult $8; Student Free; Military Free; Child (12 and under) Free
- Museums: "On Saturday evenings in July and August, head to the museum to hear nationally-known storyteller Joe Hayes. Sit outside and enjoy his stories of Hispanic and Native American cultures of the Southwest. He will move you to tears and laughter."
- Best for Museums Because: The Wheelwright, the first Native American museum in Santa Fe, mounts exhibitions that are thoughtful and culturally significant.