Stops & Shops
Photos & VideoVisit the Turquoise Trail online with our photo and video galleries
View Photos »
View Videos »
Stops Along The Turquoise Trail
Tinkertown Museum121 Sandia Crest Road
Sandia Park, NM 87047
View Website »
View Facebook Page »
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.
Ever a work in progress, Tinkertown is ready to inspire your imagination and awaken your creative spirit. We look forward to seeing you soon! Open daily 9-6, April to November 1st. Last ticket sold at 5:30 pm.
Photos of Tinkertown Museum
You might also like to visit
Just Too Cute - Miche Bags, Switchflops, Woodwick Candles, Home Decor, Jewelry, Christian Gifts, Cards, Local Artisans ... & more!
Talking Talons Youth Leadership - To elevate youth to become effective advocates and ethical stewards of themselves, wildlife, and the environment.
Old Schoolhouse Gallery - Fine art gallery featuring works of Neecy Twinem, Hugh Pierson & other local artists.
Tijeras Pueblo Archaeological Site - "Living with the Land" Free tours, lectures, workshops, demos. Interpretive Center.
Ghost Town Trading Post & Lodging - Ghost Town Trading Post, Talavera,jewelery,pottery,clothing. GhostTown Lodging and Ghost Town Loft - 2 beautiful self catering apartments with Sat TV,wi fi. In town & very private
Just Imagine Gallery, Coffeehouse - Worldly crafts, jewelry, clothing, and fine art, plus a coffee house, in a lovely setting along historic Old Route 66 (Hwy 333).
Sandia Crest House Gift Shop & Restaurant - Elevation 10,678 feet. Enjoy breathtaking views, eclectic gifts and light dining. Open daily from 10 AM to 6 PM.
Creative Award Concepts, Inc. - Corporate Employee Recognition Programs for Service, Sales, Safety, Productivity, etc. Promotional Products for Business Branding.
Java Junction Coffee & Gifts - Lattes, cappuccino, espresso, specialty "hot" gourmet items and wild t-shirts, hats and sportswear.
Heaven Boutique - Beautiful & Romantic clothing, jewelry, cards & gifts. Unique Boutique Designers (sizes S-3x) same location 17 yrs!
Join Our Email List
First 2 weekends in October studio tour. Oct 3 - preview party & auction.
Event details » View all events »
National Scenic BywayOn June 15, 2000 the Turquoise Trail received designation as a National Scenic Byway from the The National Scenic Byways Program after completing a comprehensive corridor management plan.
The plan is available for review here »
Take a moment to visit our other friends.Visit our connections »