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“What a beautiful place!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Museum of Northern Arizona

Museum of Northern Arizona
3101 N. Fort Valley Road, Flagstaff, AZ 86001
928-774-5213
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Ranked #15 of 77 things to do in Flagstaff
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Owner description: One of the great regional museums of our world, surrounded by tremendous geological, biological, and cultural resources in one of Earth's most spectacular landscapes. With a long and illustrious history, MNA evokes the very spirit of the Colorado Plateau and serves as a gateway to understanding this unique region. Whatever your time frame, this museum will enhance your experience of the richly diverse cultures, landscapes, and ecology of the Plateau. Nine permanent and changing exhibit galleries present Native cultures, tribal lifeways, natural sciences, and fine arts. Ventures and custom tours explore the Four Corners Region of the American Southwest. Museum Shop and Bookstore onsite. Self-guided Rio de Flag Nature Trail.
Tucson, AZ
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“What a beautiful place!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2012

We visit here every time we're in Flagstaff, have done so for years. Their five permanent exhibit galleries contain information on anthropology, biology and geology of the southwest, with special accent on native peoples. There are also three additional galleries with changing exhibits. During our trip one had an exhibit titled "Mountain Lion" and another had an exhibit about Mary-Roberts Ferrel Colton, an artist in the early years of the 20th century and the museum's first curator. Both exhibits were fascinating. There's a nature trail and beautiful scenery surrounding the stone museum building and it's delightful to sit outside and enjoy the view. The museum has an excellent book store and an even better gift shop, which sells top quality native American jewelry, pottery and art work. It's a great place to buy because the museum deals fairly with local artists, and it's a non profit organization, so you don't pay sales tax. It's hard not to come away with something striking.

Visited October 2012
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“An Interesting Afternoon”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2012

About 20 minutes from Flagstaff and easily accessed. There are large exhibition rooms detailing the archaeology, geology and ethnography of Northern Arizona. We were very lucky to catch an exhibit of Mary Colten paintings dating back to the 1920s. A worthwhile way to spend an afternoon.

Visited October 2012
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“A real gem.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2012

If you have been traveling in northern AZ or southern Utah or southwestern Colorado looking at cliff dwellings and native artifacts, a visit to this museum really complements your travels and offers extra knowledge of the people who lived in these areas about 1,000 years ago.

Visited April 2012
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Hamilton, Montana
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“Ideas, not things”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2012

At the entrance of the museum there is a sign which says something along the lines of "We exhibit ideas, not things", and this is really true. While they might not have the most impressive and big collection of artifacts, this museum is one of the most educational I have seen. They have a small exhibition about natural history, which focuses on the nearby Grand Canyon and the Colorado plateau; the rest of the museum focuses on Indian culture (mostly Pueblan and Navajo). The information is presented mostly on wall panels, and selected artifacts are used to highlight important facts. However, everything is presented in a way that one is not overwhelmed with information, but rather in small portions that are easy to comprehend. Bring enough time when you come (we spend close to three hours there), and take the time to read the explanatory panels (only when reading the panels you will get the most out of the museum) - it is definitely worth a visit!

Visited October 2012
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Phoenix, Arizona
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“A Gem of a Museum”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2012

We visited this museum on October of 2012. It is a small place but in a beautiful stone building. It clearly lays out the history of northern Arizona and the people of the land. The exhibits are well designed and easy to follow with good explanations, illustrations and photos. The bookstore is well stocked. I have visited this museum before and they seem to have improved their organization. There are also walks in the pines on the museum grounds that are very nice.

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