Exploring Tinkertown Museum in Sandia Park, NM with Video

When you travel full time, you can't see everything. This is one of the ironies of full time rving.

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Don't they all look thrilled!

Whether its due to finances, weather, crowds, time or just plain overlooking, families need to realize that some things will need to be left for the next trip around.

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Count me as one of those friends

 

This was actually a hard lesson for me (the family itinerary maker) to learn.

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The excitement is growing

 

When I sat in my house, making list upon list of all the places we'd visit, I thought I'd be disappointed if we had to forego some excursions. And truth be told, I was. In those early months, I was known to pout and carry on when we couldn't do this, or wouldn't be able to eat that, etc

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Buttons along the front animate the scenes

But somewhere in the midst of year two, I matured (thankfully and possibly somewhat questionably) and realized we don't have to take every opportunity set before us and chances are we will be here again, some time in the future, and won't it be nice to have something to look forward to then. Ahhhhhhh!

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So what does this all have to do with Tinkertown Museum?

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Well, this is one of those places we missed due to overlooking and possibly your family would have no trouble overlooking such a place, but you might regret it!

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This scene blew me away

It seems I have a certain gene that loves colorful collections of, what might be called by the untrained eye, JUNK.

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Never a truer word!

My husband, bless his heart, lacks the gene and runs around with not one, but two, untrained eyes.

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A one man band in a box!

But he's always very accommodating so when I exclaimed one evening in Texas, “oh no! We've been to Albuquerque twice and we completely missed Tinkertown, we need to go back!”. He said, “ok”.

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Kids have their own guest book

So back we went, to a city neither one of us are particularly fond of, to see the Tinkertown Museum.

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Leave a message in a bottle

It took Ross Ward over 40 years to carve, collect, and lovingly construct the collection on display. 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.

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Outside you'll find a unique collection of items Ross and his wife have collected from ghost towns.

When you go to Tinkertown make sure you bring quarters and ask for a scavenger hunt handout, or download and print it from their website.

We all thoroughly enjoyed our time at Tinkertown and we know you will too!

For more of the sights and sounds of Tinkertown, check out our episode of One Epic Adventure.