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Tinkertown Museum

Tinkertown Museum 121 Sandia Crest Road
Sandia Park, NM 87047
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(505) 281-5233

Tinkertown reopens on April 16th with TIMED-ENTRY Ticketing on line at www.tinkertown.com. It's new online Trading Post is also open for business. Check out owner, Carla Ward’s newly published book The Tinker of Tinkertown, The Art of Life of Ross Ward, available on the site.

In 2010, Tinkertown was listed as one of the top 10 small museums in America by Fox News and Huffington Post on Trip Advisor. 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.

Tags: Sandia Park, Gift Shops, Museums, Educational, For Kids, Shopping

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Sandia Crest Marathon and Half Marathon

Saturday, September 25, 2021
With a net elevation loss of 4,459ft., this Boston Qualifier is currently the fastest in New Mexico and one you won’t want to miss! Find out more about what you can expect from the race, including information about the course itself, packet pickup, your race day schedule and more.
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