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Museum of Native American History

202 SW O Street, Bentonville, AR 72712
(479) 273-2456
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Ranked #2 of 13 attractions in Bentonville
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Museums
Owner description: The Museum of Native American History invites you to "Walk Through America's Past," where we will give you a glimpse into what life was like for... more » Owner description: The Museum of Native American History invites you to "Walk Through America's Past," where we will give you a glimpse into what life was like for America's first inhabitants. The museum is divided into five different time periods that will guide you through the constantly changing lives of the Native Americans, as seen through their artifacts . Our displays feature relics that date from over 14,000 years old to historic times. Come visit our museum and enjoy seeing some of the finest treasures ever created by early craftsmen.Schools and groups are welcomed, call to make reservations. Handicap Accessible « less
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Jonesboro, Arkansas
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17 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

This museum was strongly recommended by a friend, so we visited it on our trip to Bentonville. Thank you friend! MONAH is not huge or glitzy, but it has extraordinary artifacts. The pottery is just beautiful. There are many very rare depictions of animals, children's toys, and clothing. My very favorite items were the "winter counts." These are large hides... More

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monah202, Manager at Museum of Native American History, responded to this review

Dear Rahrlebob, Thank you for writing us such a nice review! Recommendations from generous souls such as yourself and your good friend is one of our main forms of advertising, as we are a free museum. We're so glad to hear you enjoyed your visit, and we're sorry you had a little trouble finding us. But it sounds like it... More

Ratcliff, Texas
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

We loved this museum! The mammoth alone was worth the trip. Totally amazing! Then we continued on to discover the rest of a wonderful and comprehensive collection. The staff was friendly and helpful, but let us explore on our own. The gift shop was small, but well supplied. Wish I lived closer so I could visit again and again.

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monah202, Manager at Museum of Native American History, responded to this review

Dear Wendy C, Thank you so much for a great review! Word-of-mouth and online reviews such as on TripAdvisor are still our best way of advertising our little (big!) museum, so help us spread the word! And remember, if you are ever in the area again, we are always adding to the museum, so there will be something new to... More

Albuquerque, New Mexico
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

My time was limited so I could only spend an hour and half. I wished I could have spent at least twice that long. It was a very good representation of Native cultures across the Americas.

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monah202, Manager at Museum of Native American History, responded to this review

Dear Lynette S, Thank you for writing such a lovely review. I'm sorry to hear you didn't get to stay as long as you liked, but we're so glad that you came and that you enjoyed what you saw at our museum. You are always welcome back any time you find yourself in Bentonville again. Best Wishes, Stephanie Brown Director... More

Saint Louis, Missouri
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Bentonville is a small sophisticated town - with money - that said, this museum is a surprising world class museum with an amazing collection of artifacts that will surprise and educate you. And, it's free!

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monah202, Manager at Museum of Native American History, responded to this review

Dear Mary W, Thank you for taking the time to review our museum. I know it may not seem like much, but since we are a free and independent museum, word-of-mouth and online reviews such as with TripAdvisor are still our best form of advertising. If you are ever in the area again in the future, don't hesitate to stop... More

Sioux City, Iowa
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4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

I heard about the museum from the front desk clerk at my motel and was very impressed. At first I wasn't too sure about it. Thought it was in someone's house. But a couple nice ladies that had been there before told me how nice it was. The "cell phone" with the recordings is a nice touch. I didn't listen... More

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monah202, Manager at Museum of Native American History, responded to this review

Dear MylarCXIII, Thank you for taking the time to write us such a nice review. I know we may look small from the outside, but inside we have nothing but the finest artifacts and best displays you're likely to see anywhere. You're always welcome back any time, and we look forward to having you again. Best Wishes, Stephanie Brown Director... More

Dallas, Texas
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Our 15 minute run-through became 2 hours of exceptional education and entertainment! Best arrowhead collection ever. Detailed and very well organized. Walked away with better understanding and appreciation of the Native American Society. Excellent children experience.

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monah202, Manager at Museum of Native American History, responded to this review

Dear ron s, Thank you for writing such a nice review. Most folks find that it does take a couple of hours to see and appreciate everything our museum has to offer; we do everything we can to cut out all the "fluff" and keep our displays featuring only real artifacts and reliable information. If you are ever in Bentonville... More

Flanders, New Jersey
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

It was an unexpected visit to the museum, but a must see in Bentonville, Arkansas. My kids enjoyed walking trough the exhibit with the Interactive wands. So much to see and learn. Beside the wands my kid thought it was cool to look at a mask and it looked like you were wearing it. Also searching for arrowheads out front... More

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monah202, Manager at Museum of Native American History, responded to this review

Dear FunJersey, Thank you for writing us such a great review. It may not seem like much, but for a free museum like us, word-of-mouth and online reviews such as with TripAdvisor really do help. If you are ever in the area again, we look forward to having you visit for a third time-- we're always adding new exhibits, so... More

Charlotte, North Carolina, United States
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

What a delight. I am a runner and ran by this place early in the AM when I was in town to see the other musueum in town. It looks like a house with a kids teepee in the front yard. A really nice house with a really nice teepee. We stopped by in the afternoon. WOW what a place.... More

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monah202, Manager at Museum of Native American History, responded to this review

Dear Frank J, Thank you so much for such a great review! As I'm fond of telling people, "We're bigger on the inside!" and we have so much more to see and to enjoy than we may look like from the outside. I know you're not exactly a local, but keep in mind that we are always updating and expanding... More

Missouri
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25 reviews 25 reviews
10 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

This was nestled in a residential area. Itis larger than it appears. We took about 2 hours. There were so many artifacts and information on them. And it was free. But they do take donations. Also very clean bathroom.

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monah202, Manager at Museum of Native American History, responded to this review

Dear IslandLady76, Thank you for writing us such a great review! We really do appreciate it, it does help! As you noticed, we're may not look large, but we're bigger on the inside! Hope we get to see you again some day soon. Best Wishes, Stephanie Brown Director MONAH More

arkansas
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18 reviews 18 reviews
7 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

We came to the museum after seeing it was rated well here. They were right. It's an impressive collection and the staff was very friendly and helpful.

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monah202, Manager at Museum of Native American History, responded to this review

Dear arkansas73, Thanks for such a great review! It may not seem like much, but these TripAdvisor reviews really do help us get the word out about our little (big!) museum. Keep in mind we are always expanding and adding to the collections, so there's always something new to see. We hope we'll get to see you again really soon.... More

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