Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian

Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian

Welcome to the Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian, New Mexico's oldest non-profit, independent museum. This museum is devoted to Native American arts and was founded in 1937 by Mary Cabot Wheelright and Hastiin Klah, the latter a Navajo singer and Medicine Man.

The museum is famous for its 'focus on the little-known genres and for solo shows by living Native American artists', giving guests a great opportunity to immerse themselves into the world of Native American art past, present, and future. See rotating Native American mixed-media exhibits regularly, some exhibits from the past just to give you a general idea of ideas presented including Treasures from the Thaw Collection, Historic Navajo Weaving, and Woman's Work: Art of Pablita Velarde. The collection overall will show you items such as jewelry, metalwork, carvings, basketry, folk art, textiles, and more.

Onsite you will also have the added benefit of visiting the Jim and Lauris Phillips Center for the Study of Southwest Jewelry, the most complete collection of Navajo and Pueblo jewelry in the world.

Take a public docent-led or private group tour before you leave, and also be sure to stop at the Case Trading Post onsite gift shop, holding various fine art, jewelry, ceramics, and textiles inside.


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