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Smoki Museum

147 North Arizona Street, P.O. Box 10224, Prescott, AZ 86304-0224
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Ranked #10 of 24 attractions in Prescott
Type: History Museums
Description: Museum that features exhibits and works from American Indian art and culture.
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Ventura, California
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46 reviews 46 reviews
25 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

The building is unassuming. The signage does not reflect the quality if the artifacts. The story if the organization is very interesting and one, I believe , is not well known outside of that part of Arizona. Worth a visit

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Coeur D Alene
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89 reviews 89 reviews
22 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2013 via mobile

Wonderful lay out of the different artifacts along with a description of each one. Allow two hours to see everything as there's a lot to see.

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388 reviews 388 reviews
184 attraction reviews
143 helpful votes 143 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2013

We always like to see the other side of the history. Native americans and/or Native Mexicans are often overlooked and it is nice the see they get recognized.

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Westerville, Ohio
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24 reviews 24 reviews
12 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2013

Another reviewer said it best -- "not your typical tribe." The Smoki Museum is tucked away from Precott's main tourist area and is loaded with a spectacular collection of Native American artifacts. The Smoki Triibe is not a here-to-for unknown Native American group, but rather was a Prescott civic club of Anglo collectors and historians. The museum houses their collections... More

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Huntington Beach, California
17 reviews 17 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2013

Touring this local museum was included in a Road Scholar tour itinerary. Mostly Native American artifacts on a small scale. Learned that Smoki is not a real tribe -- just a group of people who "pirated" the snake dance from local tribes and then exploited it for public amusement. Really?

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Tucson, Arizona
14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

The Smoki Museum was surprising in that the Smoki were not actually Native American Indians, but local townfolk in Prescott who preserved many aspects of local native culture. Very interesting, and the museum has a fantastic collection of authentic artifacts. A must-see for history and Western buffs!

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Tucson, Arizona
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2013

Great pottery collection. Some artifacts. Go to the back and read the history of the Smoki tribe. To tell you would ruin the surprise. Enjoy.

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Tucson Arizona
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120 reviews 120 reviews
22 attraction reviews
788 helpful votes 788 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013

We love Museums and Historical Society places. The Smoki Museum building alone is worth a look. It is amazing and very unique in its appearance. This was a very hot day (8/10), but inside, it was so nice and cool. All artifacts are beautifully displayed, and easy and pleasant on the eyes. Lots of history to absorb, and all done... More

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Flagstaff, Arizona
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38 reviews 38 reviews
17 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2013

This is a very good museum on Native American heritage, art, pottery, history, etc. The Smoki were original businessmen (including Senator Goldwater) who banded together to help preserve and present the Native American Heritage-Today it is just the museum but has great exhibits -also special exhibits throughout the year.Goikng on Gurley street, next to a school, is a sign SMOKI... More

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Beverly, Massachusetts
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81 reviews 81 reviews
15 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2013

We visited for the Barry Goldwater photography exhibit and quickly became immersed in the history of the Smoki, an organization born to save a rodeo. The pottery collection is very well presented. Overall, a really great visit.

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