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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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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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American Indian Art and Culture

This small museum contains one of the largest collections of Indian pottery, baskets, jewelry and other artifacts that we have seen in Arizona. It has a much more extensive... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 20, 2015
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Charleston, South Carolina
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Charleston, South Carolina
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122 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2015

This small museum contains one of the largest collections of Indian pottery, baskets, jewelry and other artifacts that we have seen in Arizona. It has a much more extensive collection than the Verde Valley Archaeology Center. The Smoki Museum and Smoki People's organization has fascinating connection to the late Senator Barry Goldwater. Well-informed docent who gave us excellent introduction to... More 

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Charleston, South Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2015

A museum of native american culture, named after a fraternal order of well to do white residents of Prescott who dressed up as Hopi Indians and performed ceremonies that the Hopi were forbidden to perform! The good part was they raised money, and preserved artefacts of the Native American culture during difficult time in their history. A beautiful building designed... More 

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Gilbert
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2015

This museum is all about history and art and clearly represents several different tribes. I learned a very important piece of history about the local area. I plan to return for the Storytellers....

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Peoria, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2015

This museum was very interesting...especially if you have an interest in the history of Native Americans in the area.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 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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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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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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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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