Tinkertown Museum

121 Sandia Crest Rd, Sandia Park, New Mexico 87047 USA

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  • Independent
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  • Not Wheelchair
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  • Public
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  • No Wifi
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“Offbeat roadside art along Rt. 66”

It took Ross Ward over 40 years to carve, collect, and lovingly construct what is now Tinkertown Museum. His miniature wood-carved figures were first part of a traveling exhibit, driven to county fairs and carnivals in the 1960s and ’70s. Today over 50,000 glass bottles form rambling walls that surround a 22-room museum. Wagon wheels, old fashioned store fronts, and wacky western memorabilia make Tinkertown’s exterior as much as a museum as the wonders within. Inside, the magic of animation takes over. The inhabitants of a raucous little western town animate to hilarious life. Under the big top, diminutive circus performers challenge tigers and defy gravity while the Fat Lady fans herself and a polar bear teeters and totters. Throughout, eccentric collections of Americana (wedding cake couples, antique tools, bullet pencils and much, much more) fill Tinkertown’s winding hallways. Otto the one-man-band and Esmerelda, the Fortune Teller, need only a quarter to play a tune or predict your future. Through a doorway and across a ramp waits a big-sized surprise: a 35′ antique wooden sailboat that braved a 10 year voyage around the world.

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Liz A.

Very nice and lots to see! Take your time and admire the time and effort that went into each piece of art and the life of the circus. Not to mention the adventure on a sailboat!! Don't forget to... Read more

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Josh S.

My favorite place in New Mexico, one of my favorite places in the world. I could visit every single day and I'd still find little details I hadn't noticed. Read more

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If you're in Albuquerque you should take the time to see this museum! I think it's closed now (November) until Spring. There is so much to see! So many details in these carvings. You can... Read more

Tinkertown Museum

121 Sandia Crest Rd
Sandia Park, New Mexico
87047 USA

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Open now until 4:00 pm
  • Sun, Mon, Fri, Sat: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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