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Address: 147 North Arizona Street, P.O. Box 10224, Prescott, AZ 86304-0224
Phone Number: 928-445-1230
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Description: Museum that features exhibits and works from American Indian art and...
Museum that features exhibits and works from American Indian art and culture.
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We were thrilled to find such a wonderful museum on our trip from Pasadena, CA to Prescott, AZ. The collection of indian artifacts was extensive and well displayed. The... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed December 30, 2014
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Pasadena, California
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Pasadena, California
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32 reviews 32 reviews
11 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

We were thrilled to find such a wonderful museum on our trip from Pasadena, CA to Prescott, AZ. The collection of indian artifacts was extensive and well displayed. The associated labels and descriptions were well done and very informative. The story of the SMOKI organization was fascinating and unique in our experience. The docent was very well informed and helpful... More 

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Anderson, Alaska
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

When we arrived at the museum today they informed us they were closed for cleaning. We headed to our car after telling them that we would be leaving the area before they reopened and that we were disappointed. One of the volunteers ran out as we were gettinging in the car and invited us to come in anyway, if we... More 

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Arizona
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Built in 1935 by the Smoki People (white businessmen, not Native Americans,) this museum will provide the visitor with both a history of Native Americans in this area of Arizona, but it will also fascinate you with an unusual piece of Prescott history. In the 1920's, Native Americans were forbidden by our government to performed their own dances. A group... More 

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Glendale, Arizona, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

I thought this would be an Indian museum and it turned out to be both an Indian Pueblo and Hopi Indian museum and a museum dedicated to the Smoki Snake Dance. The Smoki were started as early as 1888 by a group of cowboys who started the oldest rodeo in the country. To help pay for the rodeo they asked... More 

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Sierra Vista, Arizona
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183 reviews 183 reviews
78 attraction reviews
96 helpful votes 96 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

The most interesting museum in Prescott after Sharlot Hall. You see the real navtive American up close. You hear the real story of the Prescott elite folks who tried to make their area a historical draw. Native Americans could be offended but we should not wipe our past mistakes but learn from the them. Great displays that are respectful of... More 

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Prescott
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90 reviews 90 reviews
29 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

This small museum is such a gem. They have so many pieces of Native American Indian art: baskets, weavings, pottery, beadwork and paintings. Everything is displayed an d labeled for easy viewing/reading. This is well worth a visit - and reasonable admission.

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Tempe, Arizona
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18 reviews 18 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 via mobile

If you are a fan of Native American art and culture don't miss this museum. If you are not, like me, don't bother. I am not dissing the museum. Everyone there was great and very helpful. The museum is very nice and full of artifacts. It just did not catch my interest.

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Prescott Valley, Arizona
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21 reviews 21 reviews
14 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

The Smoki Museum is unique. It is a small museum in Prescott, founded by people who wanted to keep the traditions and cultures of Natives vibrant. Originally, it focused on the Hopi culture. Now, however, all Natives are represented. The museum presents numerous displays about the culture of Natives. Also, there is a nice, but small, gift store, which often... More 

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Lawrenceville, Georgia
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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

A small museum displaying American Indian Art and Culture. The museum showcases woven baskets, pottery, arrowheads and art. The building that the museum is housed in is a pueblo structure built in the 1930's. Don't be confused the Smoki People are not an Indian tribe, it is a fraternal type organization that began in 1921. It's an organization that now... More 

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West Chicago, Illinois
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369 reviews 369 reviews
139 attraction reviews
324 helpful votes 324 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

we stopped by this museum after having it recommended by a member of the museum who was working in Ogg's Hogan, a wonderful trading post in Prescott. This museum was founded in 1935 so it has a lot of history on its side. While it is quite small, it possesses a wealth of items especially from the Hopi Indians. It... More 

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