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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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Plainville, Kansas
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44 reviews 44 reviews
25 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

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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Pecatonica, Illinois
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185 reviews 185 reviews
61 attraction reviews
128 helpful votes 128 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

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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Arkadelphia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014 NEW

We visited this (free) museum on a trip to go to the Crystal Bridges Museum. If you have any interest in Native American history this is an outstanding museum. Excellent displays of artifacts from 8000+ years to fairly recent times, divided into sections by era. There are free wands available for a self guided tour. Thoroughly enjoyed it.

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

Dear Jerry J, Thank you for taking the time to write us such a nice review. I know it may not seem like much, but a lot of people use TripAdvisor to plan their vacations, and every review lets people know just how much we have to offer. If you are ever in Bentonville again in the future, don't hesitate... More

Cannon Beach, Oregon
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

We visited the museum without knowing the scope or quality of the exhibits. We were very pleasantly surprised! The exhibits were very high quality and extremely interesting. The time we spent was longer than planned to see it all and enhance our knowledge of the Native American history. The curator (owner) of the majority of the pieces was present and... More

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

Dear DAS7320, Thanks for such a great review! I know it may not seem like much, but as a free museum, online reviews such as with TripAdvisor really do help us spread the word about out little (big!) museum. I'm glad to hear that you got to meet David (the owner) while you were here and get the "grand tour"... More

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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

This museum was very nice. It was a walk threw with a hand held speaker. There was LOTS of arrow heads on display along with many other Indian artifacts. When we first walked up to the museum from the parking lot there was a tee pee on gravel. There was a sign beside it that said, " If you find... More

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St. Louis, MO
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

Of course everyone goes to the Crystal Bridges and Sam Walton Museum...but while in Bentonville don't miss this museum. One of a kind....unbelievable large display of native american arrow heads, tools, headdresses, etc. The place is free; the people working there are very friendly!! Is very easy to find; not far form the downtown Bentonville square.

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

Dear St_Louis_MOJimZ, Thanks for writing us such a great review! You're right about our large arrowhead collection-- we are one of the few organizations in the country that's very close to having an example of every time of named arrowhead in the US. And we're always adding new and exciting things to see, so keep us in mind next time... More

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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

Small but packed. Never seen winter counts live before. Well organized and high quality. Free hours of interest

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

Dear cododuro, Thanks for writing such a nice review! It really does help. Keep in mind we're always adding new treasures, such as our new Wajaje Winter Count, so there will be something new and exciting every time you visit. We hope we get to see you again some day. Best Wishes, Stephanie Brown Director MONAH More

Suburban D.C.
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102 reviews 102 reviews
43 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

This somewhat little museum is the best Native American museum that we have ever been to, including the national museum in Washington D.C. Free and financed by visitor donations and the gift show ( which has nice thins). Unique artifacts are beautifully display with interesting signage and a free electronic guide is really well done. Just outside of the downtown... More

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

Dear Deepfreeze63, Thanks for writing us such a great review! You're right that we're free and supported by donations and the gift shop, so online reviews such as with TripAdvisor really do help. We're always adding new surprises, such as our new Wajaje Winter Count, so there will be something new to enjoy each time you visit. We hope we'll... More

Webster Groves, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

The Museum of Native American History has the most extensive collection of artifacts that I have ever seen. While some museums have larger collections from a single era and area this museum spans both time and most of the continental United States. Be sure to see the Sweetwater Biface and the "Screaming Quapaw".

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

Dear william_a_bean, Thank you for writing us such a lovely review. We're so glad to hear that you appreciated our collections and all the hard work that went into acquiring, researching, and displaying them all. The sweet water biface and screaming quapaw are part of the permanent collection and will always be around to amaze visitors. But we are also... More

Tristates, New York, United States
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

First day my husband and I had a great time learning about all the Tribes. The cloths they wore and made them self. the tools for hunting. The information was overwhelming. Than we went back to our camp site a hour away and thought, "why did we not get pictures?". I called the next day to ask if we could... More

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

Dear Sherry82253, You are so very welcome! Thank YOU for visiting and for such a great review! It may not seem like much, but these TripAdvisor reviews really do help us advertise our little (big!) museum. If you are ever in the area again, keep in mind we're always adding new treasures. For example, we just added a new winter... More

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