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Museum of Native American History

202 SW O Street, Bentonville, AR 72712
(479) 273-2456
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Ranked #1 of 14 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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Florissant, Missouri
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32 reviews 32 reviews
9 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

I cannot say enough about this museum. Their collection is unbelievable. While another reviewer said to not get bogged down in the arrowheads, I found those rooms to be fascinating! The pottery, weaponry, clothing, etc. were phenomenal!n the gift shop is great and the woman who works here was extremely friendly. Free to boot! You must go.

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

Dear MarthaAnnne1953, Thank you so much for writing us such a lovely review! We have a little something for everyone at our museum, whether you're interested in arrowheads and really ancient relics, or more contemporary pieces of beaded clothing or weaponry from the reservation period-- or anything in between! We're always happy to help, and we look forward to seeing... More

Annapolis, MD
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128 reviews 128 reviews
37 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

This is an eclectic little museum that covers North American natives from pre-history forward. Who knew that there were so many styles of arrowheads? Who knew that the North American Indians made pottery that rivaled that of the South Americans? And the museum is free.

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

Dear Watsson, Thank you for taking the time to write such a nice review for our museum. I know it may not seem like much, but it really does help us get the word out about our museum. I know you're not exactly a local, but if you ever find yourself in Arkansas again, keep in mind that we are... More

Eureka Springs, Arkansas, United States
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32 reviews 32 reviews
14 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 NEW

I am not a big Native American History buff, though I do love history and appreciate the Native American history of the Ozarks area. The thing about this place is that it is done with such attention to quality. Don't get bogged down too much in the first section of the museum, where you will see case after case of... More

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

Dear Joe T, Thank you for writing such a nice review! I'm so glad to hear you enjoy your visit; you're right that there's so much more to our collections than you would guess from the front of the building (I love to say "we're bigger on the inside!"). We are always adding to the collections and expanding the exhibits,... More

Raleigh, North Carolina
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37 reviews 37 reviews
12 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

The initial presentation to this museum seemed boring; however, as one proceeds through the museum, it becomes an excellent source of all things Native American Indian. The artifacts are old and very rare. This was a fascinating journey throughout time as it applied to the American Indians. Give yourself a few hours to enjoy all the wonderful artifacts - headdresses,... More

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

Dear NHtoNC_11, Thank you for taking the time to write us such a nice review. It may not seem like a lot, but since we are a free museum, we still rely heavily on word-of-mouth and on online review such as with TripAdvisor to spread the word about out little (big) museum. We hope we get to see you the... More

Colorado
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90 reviews 90 reviews
44 attraction reviews
126 helpful votes 126 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

First, I wish the owners would supply a diffr. photo for this museum -- it is not a "prehistoric/science" bldg. ("animals.") It is an incredibly detailed, well-organized museum of Native American history. == One of the first things you see are 1,000s of arrowheads, organized by year (12,000BC!)...more than I've ever seen at any other museum. Take along the free... More

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

Dear Colorado Cat, Thank you for writing us such a nice review. I will look into what you're saying about the photo and classification of our museum, because we certainly want to make sure we are represented accurately. I'm glad to hear that you enjoyed your visit, and keep in mind that we are always working to improve the exhibits... More

Lenexa
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

I wasn't sure what to expect when I went in, but was highly impressed with the building, the audio commentary on the speakers for the numbered exhibits, the understandable timeline order of the exhibits, and the depth and breadth of the number and types of artifacts. Many of these items are one of a kind rarities and are nicely displayed.... More

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

Dear cytogrl, Thank you so much for your awesome review! I'm glad to hear that you had such an unexpected good time. We do every thing we can to make our museum as "top notch" as possible, from the accuracy and accessibility of the information in the audio tour, to the breadth of the age and type of artifacts exhibited,... More

Breckenridge, Colorado
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

Last week with the intention of visiting only the Crystal Springs Museum in Bentonville, AR, it was recommended to us that we spend time at The Museum of Native American History. It was a great recommendation made even more so by the attention of the Curator, Matt Rowe and Charlotte Buchanan-Yale, Manager of PR & Marketing, both of whom were... More

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

Dear nwacman, Thank you for taking the time to write us such a great review. I'm glad to hear that you had such a great time, but it doesn't surprise me that Matt and Charlotte made your trip special, as we all do whatever we can to make every guest's visit the best possible. We hope we get to see... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

Surprise yourself with a trip to the Museum of Native American History. The scope of artifacts displayed spans a vast time span. An interesting stop in your day visiting Bentonville.

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

Dear Susan V, Thank you for your great review. Every review helps, since we are a free museum and we rely heavily on word-of-mouth to advertise. Keep in mind that we are always adding to the displays and expanding the exhibits, so there will be something new to see each time you visit. Maybe we'll get to see you again... More

Plainville, Kansas
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44 reviews 44 reviews
25 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

I would highly recommend this museum. It had amazing pieces of history and you could have a speaker that would tell you about the many artifacts throughout the museum. I was very impressed with the amount of items they had. The gift shop was also very neat.

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

Dear Trish S, Thank you for writing us such a nice review. I know it may not seem like much, but for a free museum like us, online reviews such as with TripAdvisor is an important means of advertising our little (big!) museum. We hope we get to see you the next time you're in Bentonville. Best Wishes and thanks... More

Pecatonica, Illinois
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191 reviews 191 reviews
62 attraction reviews
130 helpful votes 130 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

I am not a great authority on Indians, but I thoroughly enjoyed this museum. Items are arranged in a time line order. You are given a player and can listen to the audio if you'd rather do that than read. I've never see such collections or arrowheads. The war bonnets and clothing were just beautiful. We greatly enjoyed our stop... More

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

Dear William M, Thank you for writing us such a great review! We do our best to make our museum enjoyable for everyone, from the novice to the history enthusiast or archaeological professional. But keep in mind, we are actually open Saturday, too! Every day except Sunday, 9am to 5 pm. Hope to see you the next time you're in... More

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