If you live in Albuquerque with kids or are young at heart, you should get yourself to Tinkertown Museum. The museum started out when founder Ross Ward began carving miniature figures and took them around to carnivals and fairs in the 1960s and 70s. In time, Ward’s own carvings as well as the objects he collected through the years became the fantastical 22-room museum of Tinkertown. There’s a tiny circus, complete with tight-rope walkers, tigers, a Fat Lady, and a polar bear. There is an incredible collection of Western memorabilia, including wagon wheels and old store fronts. Wander through the rooms of this Albuquerque property and get a kick out of wild Americana, like bullet pencils, wedding cake toppers, old tools, and old mechanical carnival favorites, like Otto the one-man band and Esmeralda, who tells your fortune for a quarter.
Visit the Albuquerque Property with a Glass Bottle Wall
Tinkertown invites people who live in Albuquerque to visit any day of the week from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The last admission is at 5:30 p.m. Admission for adults is $3.50; for “geezers” over 62 it’s $3; for kids four to 16 it’s $1 and younger kids are free. Visit Tinkertown online to see a small sampling of the collection and get more information about the museum’s history.