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Wheels Museum

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About

Wheels Museum is a non-profit organization that works to preserve the history of transportation and travel, especially as it pertains to Albuquerque and the west. The museum is in its early stages and is located on the site of the Santa Fe Railroad Shops and yards in Albuquerque’s historic Barelas neighborhood downtown. The museum has model trains, full-sized vehicles, a gift shop, and more.

Built-in 1914 during the railroad boom, the Albuquerque rail yards serviced steam locomotives for the Santa Fe line. The yards were in operation from about 1915 to the 1960s, and during that time, the area around the railroad boomed and created what we now think of as old Albuquerque.
The railroad depot created jobs, and businesses sprang up to service the railroad’s travelers as well as those who worked at the yards. The Alvarado Hotel was nearby until it was destroyed in the early 1970s. Rail related businesses thrived for the decades that the trains ran.
Current plans are underway to restore the yards, with long term and short term goals. One of the first things to open will be a blacksmithing shop where visitors can see the dwindling art and its craftsmen.
The Wheels Museum will be part of the area’s renaissance. In the meantime, the Wheels Museum is gathering artifacts to house within its large, airy space. The museum has on display wooden wheel carriages, horse buggies, gas pumps, wagons, carts, cars, model railroads, and even a locomotive or two. The museum is home to the central idea of transportation in Albuquerque, and how that evolved over time. So a model of a horse might stand next to a Model T Ford, which are not too far away from a Mobil Oil sign of a red-winged horse, which could be found at gas stations up and down America’s roadways.

To find out more, please call (505) 243-6269 or e-mail: info@wheelsmuseum.org

Yeida Anderson
I took my son yesterday and the employees were so nice, we got greet by the resident dog Gus so handsome, thank you to the employee in charge of the model trains that took the time to speak with my son about trains. Everything was excellent.
Yeida Anderson
2022-07-13
Robert Oberer
One of the docents took a lot of time showing us around !ND took us and the kids for a train ride.
Robert Oberer
2022-07-05
Lupita Montoya
Wonderful fun place to learn and see old vintage machinery and photos and you can get a train ride! ❤️
Lupita Montoya
2022-07-02
D M
Don't miss this museum! Best kept secret...
D M
2022-06-19
Donald Gallegos
Must see in Albuquerque
Donald Gallegos
2022-06-14
Henryk Sloma
An eclectic collection of transportation vehicles. Wonderful staff
Henryk Sloma
2022-06-12
KatieMaybeKatie
There is a lot to see in this museum! The volunteer staff was so nice and friendly, our 5-year-old son really loved it. Be sure to bring dog treats for the friendly resident dog, Gus!
KatieMaybeKatie
2022-06-09
Jehania
Very friendly staff. My niece loved the train ride and learning about all the different types of transportation. Go if you get the chance.
Jehania
2022-06-03
Zzzz
Nice museum, lots o' wheels!
Zzzz
2022-05-30
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Events

CELL PHONE PHOTO CLASS with Irene Fertik, Professional Photographer Monday, October 17 at 10 AM - noon. Suggested Donation is $20. RSVP: (505) 243-6269 More

WHEELS Sponsored Amtrak Las Vegas Trip October 21-23 Join the WHEELS museum for a scenic fall group trip to historic Las Vegas, NM. Reservation deadline is September 30. RSVP: (505) 243-6269 More

Revisiting the Diverse Men and Women Workers of the Albuquerque Railyard presentation by Cecelia Navarrete. Saturday, October 29 10-11:30 AM at WHEELS Museum. RSVP is a must: (505) 243-6269. Admission is free; donations are gratefully accepted. More

Jazz Music Events
Featuring some of the top Jazz live music acts in the Southwest, the "Jazz on WHEELS" series begins in October and runs through the end of December. The WHEELS Museum has partnered with local events production company Mariposa Music,, to utilize the power of music to benefit the museum. The Jazz on WHEELS performance will begin at 2pm on selected Sundays. Visit mariposamusicrocks.com for more information.