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“If Your a History Buff, Then Don't Miss It!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Sky City Cultural Center

Sky City Cultural Center
Pueblo of Acoma, NM
800-747-0181
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Owner description: The Sky City Cultural Center and Haak’u Museum, rich in cultural architecture, serves as the reception center and museum for visitors to the Pueblo of Acoma, as well as a research and community use facility for tribal members. The primary 40,000 square foot Cultural Center is a two story structure with a basement and central courtyard/plaza area. The Cultural Center was designed to represent and recreate the ancestral architectural styles of the Acoma people – which include natural stacked stone and natural mud plastered adobe – while showcasing Acoma Pueblo architecture both past and present. This world class facility is dedicated to the preservation of Acoma history, traditional pottery and other art forms, the repatriation of objects of cultural patrimony and the development of both educational and interpretive programs.
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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“If Your a History Buff, Then Don't Miss It!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

If you are in or around the area, and you have a love or interest in history then this is well worth your time! The first stop is the cultural center, which is quite nice and very informative. Our guide was very well versed in the long history of sky city and the culture of the acomas. He was able to field any and all questions that were asked of him by our group. Plus he had a great sense of humour! The big bonus on this historical trek was that the views from atop the mesa were incredible! This could have been just a scenic tour!

One note: in my travels I have noticed many times that native peoples aren't always the friendliest to outsiders, except tour guides or merchants. But this wasn't the case in Sky City. We got caught outside in a driving rain storm with 40mph straight winds with no place to take cover. (First rain in 4 yrs) My family and I broke off of the group and ducked into an alley to get out of the wind. Moments later a member of the Acoma tribe who had a ancestral home there invited us in to take shelter. She offered us food and water and shared the history of her family! When the storm subsided our guide found us and our tour continued!

It was a great time and a wonderful adventure!

Visited July 2013
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SkyCity_C_C, Director at Sky City Cultural Center, responded to this review, July 17, 2013
Thunderfan7777, thank you for your review and I am glad to hear you experienced the friendliness of our people. The rain was a blessing and I'm sure it cooled the air for the rest of your tour. We look forward to welcoming you again in the near future.
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“Start at Sky City to see Acoma Pueblo”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

This new Sky City Cultural Center, 7 years old, is beautiful and historical and very pueblo. Haaku Museum is small with lots of detailed information. The staff is friendly. The gift shop is colorful and has many gift items. It is best to buy from the local vendors on top of Pueblo of Acoma.

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“Amazing Native American History atop 365 ft mesa”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

Even before approaching Pueblo of Acoma, the scenery changes from flat lands to jagged mountains to huge mesas. The first sighting of Pueblo of Acoma is awesome as you can see how huge the mesa is from a distance and see the city atop of the 365 foot mesa. The tour starts at the Sky City Cultural Center. You are shuttled to the top of the mesa and are guided by locals who live at Pueblo of Acoma. Our tour this day was led by Robert, a well-educated, articulated and detail oriented guide. Robert had a sense of humor, kind demeanor and was respectful of life, all in all an excellent guide. It was an easy walk around the mesa, though you had to be careful of the unevenness. I bought the pass with the picture taking permit and it was well worth it. The only place that picture taking is not allowed is the cemetery and church. When Robert gave the history of the church you understand the sacredness. The beauty of this 11th century landmark is not captured in history books; you must see it in person to realize the wonder of it all. The locals who live there sell their artwork and baked goods in front of their homes along the trail. At the end of the tour you have a choice to take the shuttle back down or climb the natural stairs built into the mesa. Our group chose the latter and what an adventure that was going straight down the sandstone. You need both hands to maneuver and as there is no railing, only the rock walls and holes made into the stone to place your feet and hands.

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“Sky city pueblo worth a visit”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2013

The setting of the pueblo is beautiful high on the Mesa.

The short shuttle ride was nice and the tour guide was very knowledgable. There were quite a few vendors selling their wares and I purchased some delicious concho cookies. The pueblo has been rebuilt many times and there was new construction occurring when we were there.

At the end of the tour we had the option to walk down the Mesa using some stairs that were built into the rocks. It was pretty scary for our 7 year old, but the 8 and 10 year old loved it.

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“Beautiful building”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2013

Architecturally impressive. Museum was very small, but nicely done.

The Indian taco at the restaurant was delicious. Clean bathrooms. The admission was expensive and included the pueblo tour.

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SkyCity_C_C, Director at Sky City Cultural Center, responded to this review, July 17, 2013
BlueSkyMom, thank you for you review and I am glad to hear you enjoyed the experience. The Cafe staff have been informed of their Indian taco been well received! Our fee does include the camera permit along with admission to the museum and the guided tour. We look forward to seeing you again.
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