Verde Valley Archaeology Center

Verde Valley Archaeology Center

Verde Valley Archaeology Center
4.5
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Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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The Verde Valley Archaeology Center and Museum is the only facility in the Sedona and Verde Valley area that presents the history of the ancestral Hopi and Yavapai-Apache Nation. The museum presents a variety of exhibits on family life in the 11th through 14th Centuries. Special exhibits include meteorites on loan from Arizona State University Center for Meteorite Studies that were found in or near Sinagua dwellings. There is also a Paul Dyck Art Retrospective exhibit of this local artist who lived among the Plains Indians.
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Racheal E
League City, TX62 contributions
Oct 2022
My mom and I were visiting Camp Verde area for an overnight on our drive to the Grand Canyon from the PHX airport and we were visiting the pharmacy and grocery store that shares a big parking lot with this museum. What drew us over to its location was the small vintage car show they were hosting in their parking lot (which they mentioned happens there pretty frequently). We ended up going into the museum and boy were we glad we did! They have a large collection of artifacts from local Native American tribes, thanks to the generous donation of the artist and Native American enthusiast Paul Dyck. Many of his paintings and personal items are on display in this museum, as well, and his artwork is astonishingly beautiful and definitely show his love and admiration for the tribes he lived among during his lifetime, some of the Plains tribe Indians. From their website, Dyck "lived with several Plains Indian tribes and was the adopted son of the Sioux warrior, One Elk and was also the adopted son of the Blackfeet artist, Lone Wolf." They also have other exhibits, including a mural that tells the story of the Hopi tribe/religious beliefs (be sure to watch the video on display, it's the artist himself explaining each piece of the mural and it's fascinating) as well as some displays of meteorites found in and around the Verde Valley area. We stayed a lot longer than we'd expected but this is truly a sweet find in Camp Verde not to be missed!
Written November 8, 2022
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Andrea H
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Mar 2022
First of all, the new location is a perfect spot which was easy to find and had plenty of parking.
The lobby mural is bright and welcoming.
This museum has several rooms to explore. The Paul Dyke exhibit was amazing. Several of his beautiful oil paintings were on display. Also, several items from Dyke collection were carefully displayed telling a story of the people who lived in the Verde Valley long ago. Some of the items are just amazing.
There is much more to see.
The staff was helpful and very friendly.
I will be definitely visit again soon.
Written March 11, 2022
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Joy T
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Mar 2022
Visiting the Verde Valley Archaeology Center in Camp Verde AZ is definitely worth your time. Children (and adults) will love discovering ancient artifacts in the. archaeology sand box in a cozy room full of visual and hands on opportunities. There is something for every age and interest around every corner pertaining to "the ancient ones" of the Verde Valley. If you go to the other national monuments in the area, be sure to start or finish you exploration with this educational and delightful museum.
Written March 15, 2022
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Larry S
1 contribution
Mar 2022
Our Archaeology group from Colorado visited the Verde Valley Archaeology center last week and was given a wonderful tour of the museum. Richard was a wealth of information and a great presenter. I have been a member for several years and love the new Location and the great exhibits. The museum does a great job of representing the prehistory of the Verde Valley.
Written March 18, 2022
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Jdklaw
Tusayan, AZ48 contributions
Mar 2022 • Couples
A hidden gem away from the crowds of Sedona. The Center just moved into a new expanded facility. If you want to learn about the early inhabitants of the Southwest this is a must see attraction. There is even an authentic garden walk that can be added to the visit to the Center. CampVerde is just off I17 between Phoenix and Sedona so the Center is easily accessible on your way to Sedona or Flagstaff.
Written March 11, 2022
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Joanne P
Sechelt, Canada15 contributions
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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Joan H
18 contributions
Feb 2022
Visiting the Verde Valley Archeology Center is a must do when in the area. The exhibits provide greater insight to the peoples of the Verde Valley. The Center is in a new building with many more exhibits and art. There is a new interactive children's area. It should not be missed.
Written March 16, 2022
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mark r
Chardon, OH28 contributions
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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Betty G
2 contributions
Mar 2022
Wonderful retrospective of the artist Paul Dyke, memorabilia and some of his paintings.

In addition, they have a collection of meteorite fragments from the one that created Meteor Crater. Current displays site items left behind by the Sinagua culture, who lived in the valley between 600CE and 1400CE.

There is a room for younger visitors planned that they'll be able to experience digging for artifacts.
Written March 16, 2022
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JanetLJ
Scottsdale, AZ122 contributions
Mar 2013 • Couples
If you are planning to visit any or most of many Indian ruins in the Verde Valley, this new museum would be an excellent first stop to get you oriented. The time-line chart and short video about the area's archelogoical history were very helpful. The various exhibits have text that is short enough to keep your interest, but sufficient to give you a good picture. The Museum also has a very balanced perspective (e.g., white people aren't always the "good guys"). The museum sponsors programs and events, so it would be worth it to check their calendar before you go to time things for programs that interest you. (Also, If you're a cemetery fan like me, the town cemetery is worth a visit and we recognized family names that were also featured in the museum. Not a pretty cemetery but stones back to the late 1800s. Southeast of town, and there is a historic church building there as well.)
Written March 11, 2013
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