Turquoise Trail Drive Slideshow Turquoise Trail Drive Slideshow Turquoise Trail Drive Slideshow Turquoise Trail Drive Slideshow Turquoise Trail Drive Slideshow Turquoise Trail Drive Slideshow Turquoise Trail Drive Slideshow Turquoise Trail Drive Slideshow Turquoise Trail Drive Slideshow Turquoise Trail Drive Slideshow Turquoise Trail Drive Slideshow Turquoise Trail Drive Slideshow Turquoise Trail Drive Slideshow Turquoise Trail Drive Slideshow Turquoise Trail Drive Slideshow Turquoise Trail Drive Slideshow Turquoise Trail Drive Slideshow Turquoise Trail Drive Slideshow Turquoise Trail Drive Slideshow Turquoise Trail Drive Slideshow Turquoise Trail Drive Slideshow Turquoise Trail Drive Slideshow Turquoise Trail Drive Slideshow Turquoise Trail Drive Slideshow Turquoise Trail Drive Slideshow Turquoise Trail Drive Slideshow Turquoise Trail Drive Slideshow Turquoise Trail Drive Slideshow Turquoise Trail Drive Slideshow

Stops Along The Turquoise Trail

Tinkertown Museum

Tinkertown Museum 121 Sandia Crest Road
Sandia Park, NM 87047
View Website »
View Facebook Page »
(505) 281-5233

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!

Tags: Sandia Park, Gift Shops, Museums, Art & Theater, For Kids, Shopping

Photos of Tinkertown Museum

You might also like to visit

First River Gallery - A seasonal outdoor gallery space across from St. Joseph Church by appointment or on weekends.

Turquoise Trail Electric, Plumbing & Water - FREE electrical and plumbing estimates. Water storage systems, well services and softeners. FREE water testing.

The Great Madrid Gift Emporium & Maggie’s Diner - Rare Turquoise, Gaspeite & Pawn Jewelry. MAGGIE'S DINER from Wild Hogs, selling movie memorabilia & T-shirts.

Lantern Ridge Farm Market & Nursery - A combined shopping, dining experience. Enjoy delicious food and tour the nursery gardens and specialty grocery store.

Vintage Trailer Supply - The world's only retail store dedicated to the growing vintage trailer lifestyle.

10 PM Steampunk - Home of premier Madrid handmade steampunk jewelry and a cool line of hippie clothes!

Indigo Gallery - Featuring works by Jill Shwaiko and other nationally known painters, sculptors & jewelers in Madrid.

Hat Ranch Gallery - Destination art gallery where you can relax, explore and enjoy fine art in a unique and authentic experience. Oils, acrylics, pastels, bronzes and rare prints all at affordable prices. Open Thurs - Sun 11-5, or by Private Appointment

Shugarman’s Little Chocolate Shop - Organic ingredients and exotic flavors leave you begging for more at this hidden chocolate oasis. Open Wednesday to Sunday 11 am - 5 pm.

Santa Fe County Open Space, Trails and Parks - Santa Fe County Open Space, Trails & Parks manages and conserves a vibrant network of cultural, historical, recreational and community resources and provides access to public lands for unique outdoor experiencs

Upcoming Event

Madrid Christmas Open House

Every weekend between December 3-24, 2022
December Holiday Activities on weekends through Christmas.
Event details »
View all events »

Donate or Pay Dues

Donate or pay annual membership dues

PayPal