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Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian

704 Camino Lejo
Santa Fe, New Mexico

Phone: 505 982 4636 -- 800 607 4636

Statement of Purpose:

The museum was founded by Mary Cabot Wheelwright, a wealthy woman from Boston, and Hastiin Klah, a Navajo medicine man.

Built in 1937, the museum is shaped like an eight-sided Navajo hooghan.

Highlights & Collections:

Changing exhibitions feature historic and contemporary Native American art and culture, with an emphasis on Southwestern tribes. The Wheelwright Museum's collection, which is not on display, originally focused on Navajo ceremony; today it includes textiles, jewelry, baskets, pottery, Navajo chant recordings, and two-dimensional art created by members of many American Indian tribes. Smaller galleries spotlight individual artists or contain items related to the main show. Many free events are held at the museum throughout the year, including storytelling, children's reading hours, lectures, docent-led gallery tours, and talks about Native American art.

Culture and arts of the American Indian of the Southwest.


Public tours Monday,Tuesday & Friday, 2 pm; Saturday, 11 am

Children's Story Hour second Saturday of every month, 11am


M-Sa: 10-5; Su: 1-5.

Admission & Directions:



Key Personnel:

Jonathan Batkin, Director

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