ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – One of the metro’s most beloved museums has a unique new offering.
Tinkertown Museum in the East Mountains, which is filled with 24 rooms of everything from folk art to robotics and miniatures, is a regular stop for local families and for school field trips. It draws in people from around the world.
Now it will be home to a handmade dollhouse built back in 1970 by the museum’s creator Ross Ward.
Ward spent eight months building the dollhouse for an Albuquerque collector.
It includes 20 rooms with hand carved furniture’s, miniature paintings and even instruments. Now the family has donated it back to the museum.
“We’re very happy to have new Ross Ward work new to the public, even though he carved it in 1975, but it’s special,” said Tinkertown Employee Lynn McLane.
Tinkertown is located on Sandia Crest Road and is still run by Ward’s widow.
It sees an estimated 20,000 visitors a year. One of the most recent, a tour group from china.