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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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

This museum is a wealth of information, and is quite well designed. Definitely recommend the wand that you can carry through the exhibits that explains what you're seeing. My daughter loved hunting for arrowheads out front, and then pressing the numbers on her wand to listen to the story about each item. Worth a visit!

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Tuckerman, Arkansas, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

We decided to visit the museum after visiting the "big draw" museum in Bentonville (i.e., Crystal Bridges Museum) and the Museum of Native American History was the hands-down winner of best attraction in Bentonville for us. I'm not a big Native American buff but was very impressed by the number of displays and the quality of the items. The staff... More

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

Dear Susan S, Thank you so much for your high praise! It's always great to find out that our museum was such a great surprise for someone! Keep in mind that we are always expanding the exhibits and improving the museum, so there will be something new to see each time you visit. We hope to see you again really... More

Lebanon, Missouri
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12 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

We passed by this museum while traveling to our kids home. Since it is in a residential area, we were not sure of what we would find. We were more than a little surprised by the quality of this attraction. The displays were outstanding and included cultural history, tools, weapons, clothing, living quarters, cooking utensils, pottery and much more. This... More

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

Dear Gary M, Thank you for such a great review! It may not seem like much, but online reviews such as those with TripAdvisor, along with word-of-mouth, are still are best means of advertising. After all, as you pointed out we are a free museum, and it really does help. We're so glad to hear that you enjoyed your visit,... More

Plano, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

It's hard to tell from the outside of the building, but this place has an excellent collection of artifacts. Lots of arrowheads (from across multiple regions in addition to Arkansas) and many tools with displays of how the tools are used--including instructions on knapping.There are head-dresses, tapestries, pottery, and earlier photos of Native Americans. Definitely worth a visit!

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

Dear Photo Tripper _10, Thank you for taking the time to write us such a nice review. It really does help us with our advertising, and since we're free and non-profit, we really do benefit from the help of generous patrons like you. We hope to see you again the next time you're in Bentonville. Best Wishes, Stephanie Brown Director... More

Clark
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 via mobile

We found this in a quiet residential area. It is private and completely free including headphones with complete narration. The contents are stunning. This is really not to be missed. We planned to visit an hour and stayed for half a day, and could have stayed longer.

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

Dear PJM, Thank you for your great review! You're right that even though we are in a residential neighborhood, we're a lot bigger than we appear (I prefer it when people say we're "bigger on the inside.") Keep in mind that we are always adding new and exciting things to our exhibits, so there's something new to see each time... More

Sulphur Springs, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

If you are the least bit interested in the history of the Americas, native peoples, their implements, etc., this is the place for you. Outstanding artifact collections, lots of 'touch' opportunities for younger kids. My teenage son was impressed, and that's saying something! If you are going to see Crystal Bridges (which is FABULOUS), start with this museum first, as... More

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

Dear Zahna, Thank you so much for your great review. I know it doesn't seem like much, but reviews with TripAdvisor really do help us spread the word about our museum. We hope that if you are ever in the Bentonville area in the future that we get to see you and your family again. Best Wishes, Stephanie Brown Director... More

Kansas City, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Great exhibits; well displayed and interesting way to learn more about the people who walked and lived before us in North America. You can spend 20 minutes breezing through it or stay for an hour or two and really soak it in. Free-will donations at the end.

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

Dear Karen G, Thank you for for taking the time to write us a review. I know it doesn't seem like much, but TripAdvisor reviews really do help us advertise our little (big!) museum. Keep us in mind the next time you are in Bentonville-- there will be something new to see at our museum each time you visit! Thanks... More

Kansas City
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

The Museum of Native American History is a must-see if you are anywhere near the NW Arkansas area. I think I learned more about Native American history and culture in one afternoon than I did all throughout school. The museum itself is beautiful, and the collection is very impressive. We had the pleasure of meeting the museum's founder, Mr. David... More

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

Dear Mitchell W, Thank you for writing us such a great review, Mitch! I'm glad to hear you got a chance to meet David; his enthusiasm and knowledge always makes a visit extra special. Please keep in mind that we are always expanding the exhibits and collections, so there's always something new to see each time you visit. We hope... More

Bentonville, Arkansas
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19 reviews 19 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

The native American museum is great. They have beautiful poetry and foundings from tribes all over America. You can get a real lesson out of this. They show clothes and shoes and how they ate and sleep. The head dresses are my favourite things. They are long feathers all together almost to make a hat.they show pictures of what the... More

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Jonesboro, Arkansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

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

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