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121 Sandia Crest Road Sandia Park

Opened in 1983 as the life work of artist Ross Ward, Tinkertown Museum is a folk artists paradise. He spent more than 40 years carving, collecting and creating Tinkertown. Ross Ward was born to paint, carve and tinker. As a boy growing up in the midwest, he was captivated by the tiny villages, farms and circuses created by "spare-time carvers." HIs own miniature world began with circus figures carved while in junior high school now on display at the museum. He began carving the first figures for the General Store in 1962. During the 1960's and 70's, his miniature western town traveled in a wagon to fairs and carnivals around the country. Today more than 50,000 glass bottles form walls around the 22-room museum with wagon wheels, metal sculptures, and western memorabilia complete the museum's exterior. Inside an animated miniature western town and three-ring circus come to life to the visitor's delight. The eccentric collection of wedding cake couples, coin-operated antique arcade machines including Esmeralda, the gypsy fortune teller, and a 35 foot antique wooden sail boat are just a few of the displays awaiting discovery. Far more than just an impressive collection of hand carved miniatures and memorabilia, Tinkertown is a testimony to following one's dreams. With Ross' untimely death in 2002 at age 62 from early-onset Alzheimer's Disease, his wife Carla continues to share their museum with visitors from around the world. Tinkertown will inspire your creativity.