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“very nice” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Museum of Native American History

Museum of Native American History
202 SW O Street, Bentonville, AR 72712
(479) 273-2456
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Ranked #2 of 14 things to do in Bentonville
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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
Bentonville, Arkansas
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“very nice”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2012

A must see for those who visit from out of area. The collection is beautiful - includes clothing, tools, pottery, arrowheads. This is free but a donation is appreciated and the museum worth it. On the small side - as museums go - but they have done a wonderful job and have wonderful displays. They do have hand held devices that explain about items you're interested in. Great place.

Visited April 2012
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Berryville, Arkansas
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“A Gem of a Museum”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2012

For anyone with even the vaguest passing interest in native American culture and history, this museum is an absolute treasure. The history of Indian culture is told through artifacts, the quality of which is unsurpassed, covering in sequence all the major periods of Indian history—the Paleo, Archaic, Woodland, Mississippian, and Historic, (with some additional artifacts covering the Maya, Inca, and Aztec cultures)—making the story of Indian history easy to follow. Each visitor is provided with an audio wand and can punch in numbers corresponding to the displays for explanations regarding the artifacts. For many displays, the visitor can listen to a brief explanation and then has the option of re-ceiving more detailed information about an artifact’s construction or significance by hitting an additional key on the audio wand. This gives the viewer an opportunity to move more or less quickly through the exhibit according to interest. There are also a number of well-done short video programs that supplement the displays.
The sheer number of artifacts might seem to be overwhelming, especially early hunting tools such as spear points, but all are so well organized and labeled, and the beauty of the knapped flints, and in some cases even semi-precious stones, invite the viewer to appreciate not only the skill of the artisans, but the beauty of the regional variation in color of stone like chert, commonly used in spearpoints. One warning: if you have a serious interest in American Indian culture, plan to spend lots of time at the museum because there is so much to absorb and so many interesting items on display: from hunting tools to jewelry to pottery to clothing. One of the most fascinating is Long Dog’s “winter count,” a buffalo robe that displays with visual symbols the history of the Lakota Sioux year by year for the first 70 years of the 19th century, with an interpretive explanation beside the glass-enclosed and preserved robe.
This reviewer has been to the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C., the Gilcrease in Tulsa, the Buffalo Historic Center in Cody Wyoming, and a number of other museums which display Indian artifacts, and this collection is as thorough, and as well organized and interpreted as any of them.
Furthermore, the Museum is free (donations are accepted) and handicapped accessible.

Visited August 2012
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“Great visit for all ages”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2012

This was a trip well worth taking. The artifacts were most interesting. You were issued the obligatory machine to push the button for information on some of the things you were looking at. I was so surprised to find that it was well worth the listening. Short sentences that were very interesting. Take time to go, you won't be sorry!

Visited August 2012
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“Amazing collection”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2012

We were pleasently surprised in this quite large collection of native American artifacts. The treasures were tastefully displayed with a lot of good information presented.

Visited August 2012
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“educational”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2012

A lot of different artifacts from many different tribes. The kids really enjoyed it. Free admission and free parking.

Visited June 2012
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