Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum is located roughly 20 minutes from the entrance gate and is housed in an adobe style building which fits well with the surroundings.. Since there are no objects at any of the sites, the museum is your link to the Anestral Puebloan culture. The chronology of the culture is displayed in dioramas, pottery, art, clothing, weapons and jewelery excavated from various sites. Many of the displays are behind glass, housed in cabinets circa.1950 with accompanying dated lighting. Yes the objects are professionally labeled but they lack the continuity and structure that tells the relevance of their story. Arrow points including Clovis points are mounted on a board and labeled without explaination as to their importance.I thought the display of plants used for medicinal purposes was well done. There are also contemporary Native American culture and art on view. The museum and nearby restaurant provide restrooms, drinking fountains, pay phones, wheelchair ramps, a 25 minute orientation video with captions, bookstore, giftshop and post office. When you get the Visitor's Guide Newspaper there is a 10% discount coupon for the gift shop and bookstore inside. Although not done as well as it could have been, the museum still provides you with a greater understanding of life for the Anasazi, 600 AD-1300 AD and thus the 4 rating. The museum and restaurant are both wheelchair accessible. They even have a wheelchair for loan. The museum is much larger than it appears from the outside and is within walking distance to Spruce House.
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