Verde Valley Archaeology Center

Verde Valley Archaeology Center, Camp Verde: Hours, Address, Verde Valley Archaeology Center Reviews: 4.5/5

Verde Valley Archaeology Center

Verde Valley Archaeology Center
4.5
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
About
Open for Self-Tours. Masks Required. The Verde Valley Archaeology Center is an archaeological research facility located in Camp Verde, Arizona. Our knowledgeable staff and volunteers can provide information on the prehistoric cultures of the area as well as the Native American history of the Verde Valley. We offer guided hiking tours of exclusive historical sites in Sedona and Camp Verde. Visit Montezuma Castle & Well, or Tuzigoot National Monument, with trained archaeology experts. Transportation is provided to and from The Collective on Hwy 179 in the Village of Oak Creek, south of Sedona. Go to our website for more information and to book a tour. Our museum has a wonderful exhibit and display area. On Thursdays and Fridays, the Coconino National Forest Artifact Identification Project Team meets. Docents can give a tour re: Provide interesting history on the artifacts you will see. The Museum and Gift Shop are open 10:00 am to 4:00 pm (closed Sundays, Mondays and Major Holidays).
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Joanne P
Sechelt, Canada13 contributions
Tour of museum with excellent guide, Ruth.
Mar 2020
We were so happy to find this museum away from the hubbub of a Sedona and the national monuments. Our guide explained all the exhibits, the history and we were so gratful for all the hard work and dedication the museum has put into the exhibit. This would be a wonderful place for kids with the historical society right behind it.
Written March 10, 2020
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KathyU
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Excellent tour!
Mar 2020 • Couples
My husband and I loved our tour. Tracey was very knowledgeable. She shared a combination of archaeological facts and Native American oral history. She also knows many of the NPS personnel and volunteers, so if we had a question she didn’t know the answer to, she knew who to ask. Ken also spent some time with us and graciously shared his wealth of knowledge. I highly recommend this tour for anyone who wants to learn about the Sinagua. The NPS visitor centers are great too, but for anyone who wants even more information, the VVAC is a wealth of knowledge.
Written March 5, 2020
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Linda D
1 contribution
Historical Tour
My daughter and I took the Beaver Creek guided tour with our guide Rob and Tracey from the center. We visited Montezuma Castle and the well.

The guided tour is well worth the money. Rob told us a bunch of stories about the area. We even saw broken pottery on the paths. Much of the wonderful information we heard was not on the printed display signs.
Written January 24, 2020
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mark r
Chardon, OH28 contributions
Great but at a distance
Oct 2019
It is a nice short walk to the cliff dwelling but you are probably 60 to 70 yards away from the cliff plus the dwelling is elevated another25 yards up. There are a number of other dwelling sites within driving distance that are much more "user friendly" especially for children who like the experience up close and personal. We enjoyed the Archaelogical Center as part of our full day visit to Camp Verde but I won't make a separate out of the way trip to this cliff dwelling if that is the only purpose of your visit to this small town.
Written January 9, 2020
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Stephen G
Sudbury, Massachusetts, Usa132 contributions
Nice pocket cliff dwelling
Nov 2019
This has everything the bigger sites, mesa verde and chaco canyon, have but on a more manageable scale. You can see the entire area in 1 to 2 hours and gain insight and a feeling for waht is was like to live here a thousand years ago. Well worth a stop if in the area.
Written November 6, 2019
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Thank you for your visit, Stephen! Come see us again.
Written December 6, 2019
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Dinolady
Edmonton, Ab313 contributions
Largest Dyke collection
Oct 2019
We were fortunate that they were open for a special event on Sunday. Normally they are closed Sunday and Mondays. Was surprised by the textiles that are on display. Often see pottery, tools etc but the bits and pieces of textiles were very interesting. This is a small museum that does not charge admission but certainly worthwhile if you are in this area
Written October 28, 2019
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Thank you for visiting us! We're glad to have had you on a Sunday. We are able to keep our doors open and offer free admission because of supporters like you.
Written December 6, 2019
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LifeIsGoodGuy
Sedona, AZ141 contributions
Small but Informative
Apr 2019 • Couples
Nice find while walking in the old section of Camp Verde. Very knowledgeable staff who take pride in preserving the Native American past in the area.
Written May 21, 2019
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Thank you, we do indeed take pride in representing the native peoples as best as we can by listening to their suggestions and appreciating their contributions to humanity.
Written December 7, 2019
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Rheinhold Festung
Oak Park, IL194 contributions
Good things come in small packages
Apr 2019 • Couples
This archaeology museum is very small but thoroughly engaging. There are no exhibits outside its walls, but those inside are fascinating. Imagine staring at an arrowhead carved 9,000 years ago!

Unlike the nearby National Monuments that also preserve Native American history and artifacts, this little treasure is free. They didn't have a docent on hand the day we visited so we just wandered through the exhibits at will.

You do need to be in an educational frame of mind because reading about what you're looking at versus being able to touch is the way this facility operates.
Written April 19, 2019
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Thank you for stopping in, we do require that no one touch the artifacts as they're 800 years old and older. We do have a docent on most days, and there is always someone available to greet you and if anyone has questions we're eager to engage. We house the largest, most varietal, and best preserved collection in the entire state of Arizona; all found at one location at a private ranch nearby.
Written December 7, 2019
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kfkor
Bend, OR12 contributions
What a Surprise
Dec 2018 • Couples
Wonderful native museum, free admission, very informative staff and reasonably priced gift shop. Don’t pass it by!!!!
Written December 21, 2018
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We now have a new display with interactive Ipads regarding the Yavapai Apache Nation and their history. We also have jewelry, clothing, books, and art for sale, and NO TAX!
Written February 14, 2019
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603richardz
California, United States7 contributions
Interesting Small Local Museum
Feb 2018 • Couples
The museum holds the collection of may archeological items gathered by a local rancher, with other items contributed by locals. Exhibits explain native life before European influences.
Written November 9, 2018
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We hold a 40,000 piece collection, and the largest, best preserved, and most varietal textile grouping in Arizona!
Written February 14, 2019
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