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Tinkertown Museum

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

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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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We first discovered Tinkertown, back in 2019, as a random 'hidden gem' road trip pit stop- revisiting NM years later, bringing our 3yr old to vacation with family, we knew we had to bring her... Read more

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Jamie B.

I love Tinkertown, because it is an immense piece of outsider art that gives you insight into the creativity of one guy who carved an immense number of things from wood and collected other things.... Read more

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Jonathan W.

Unique, fascinating, and fun for the whole family. I highly recommend a stop if you are in the area. Read more

Tinkertown Museum

121 Sandia Crest Rd
Sandia Park, New Mexico
87047 USA
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  • Sun, Mon, Fri, Sat: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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