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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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Interesting museum.

Smoki is a small but interesting museum with many special events. They hold several Native American events regularly.

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 2, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

Smoki is a small but interesting museum with many special events. They hold several Native American events regularly.

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Middle Island, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

The artifacts are the real thing. The Smoki were pretty much impostors. Whites who impersonated native peoples to promote their rodeo because natives were prohibited from native dance etc. It is both historical and embarrassing at the same time. Mixed feelings on my part.

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Tucson, Arizona
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38 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

While I am not a fan of American Indian art I was glad to have visited the museum. The history of the Smoki and Arizona Senator Barry Goldwater's association is very interesting. The museum volunteer staff while trying to be helpful interrupted my reading of display information and talked more than I believed was necessary.

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Prescott, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

The Smoki has very nice exhibits of the artifacts and art of the earliest settlers of this area. They also periodically host traveling exhibits that are worth seeing.

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Tucson, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

Fine collection of Indian artifacts with knowledgeable docents. The story of the 20th Century civic organization named The Smoki People was a fascinating look at how differently Indian culture was seen in the early to mid-20th Century.

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Prescott, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

It is very unique to say the least. I thought I was going to learn about native Americans. I found that the smoki tribe was a group of white guys acting like Indians. Perhaps it would be a good exhibit for the museum of tolerance.

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Prescott, Az.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

At Christmas time they have a wonderful Bazaar where you can buy all kinds of homemade items from food, toys, decorations and great gifts.

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

This unassuming 1929 structure encases a small museum presenting interesting artifacts produced by the early peoples (1100-1450) and brought here by others during that time. Volunteers are knowledgable and eager to share, and the whole experience is a step way back in time.

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Montrose, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

Based on the name of "Smoki" we thought this was an American Indian museum. It was, but also there was more (and it included Barry Goldwater). This little museum is full of surprising historical treasures. The docents were well informed - we picked their brains as we heard their historical accounts! The museum has a children's hands-on area so bring... More 

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Lake Havasu City, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

Very knowledgeable staff and displays curated to help visitors understand each item. We got personalized attention and learned so much during our short visit.

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