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Smoki Museum

147 North Arizona Street, P.O. Box 10224, Prescott, AZ 86304-0224
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Ranked #12 of 18 Attractions in Prescott
Type: History Museums, Museums
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Owner description: Museum that features exhibits and works from American Indian art and culture.

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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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160 reviews 160 reviews
75 attraction reviews
84 helpful votes 84 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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29 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 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
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
19 helpful votes 19 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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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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127 attraction reviews
310 helpful votes 310 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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Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

this is a small museum but very well kept with a very interesting story. you have to look for it as it's on a side street but well worth the looking. ask to speak to Cyndi the curator, she has so much knowledge!

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Tempe, Arizona
14 reviews 14 reviews
8 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

The story of the Smoki Musuem is fascinating and the exhibits are really beautiful. Never knew any of this was around but it's a wonderful story that is truly amazing.

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