of the American Indian
Founded in 1937, The Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian is New Mexico’s oldest non-profit, independent museum. The Wheelwright 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 rich, lively visual expression.
In June 2015, the Wheelwright Museum opened the Jim and Lauris Phillips Center for the Study of Southwestern Jewelry, our first major gallery expansion in our 78-year history, and the first exhibition space anywhere devoted permanently to the past, present, and future of Native American jewelry and related traditions.
Our museum shop, the Case Trading Post, is one of Santa Fe’s oldest continuously operating galleries of Native American art, featuring 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.