Fodor's Expert Review Tinkertown Museum

Sandia Park Museum/Gallery Fodor's Choice

It may take months for this odyssey of a place to completely sink in: quirky and utterly fascinating, Tinkertown Museum contains a world of miniature carved-wood characters. The museum's late founder, Ross Ward, spent more than 40 years carving and collecting the hundreds of figures that populate this cheerfully bizarre museum, including an animated miniature Western village, a Boot Hill cemetery, and a 1940s circus exhibit. Ragtime piano music, a 40-foot sailboat, and a life-size general store are other highlights. The walls surrounding this 22-room museum have been fashioned out of more than 50,000 glass bottles pressed into cement. This homage to folk art, found art, and eccentric kitsch tends to strike a chord with people of all ages. As you might expect, the gift shop offers plenty of fun oddities.

Museum/Gallery Fodor's Choice Family

Quick Facts

121 Sandia Crest Rd. (NM 536)
Sandia Park, New Mexico  87008, USA


Sight Details:
Rate Includes: $3.50, $3.75, Closed Nov.–Mar.

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