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Yakama Nation Cultural Center
Ranked #1 of 5 things to do in Toppenish
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Owner description: This cultural center offers a look into the culture of the Yakama Indians.
Richland, Washington
2 reviews
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“Worth a Stop”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 17, 2012

INformative and interesting exhibits. Very authentic native american experience.

Visited June 2011
1 Thank Jo Ann B
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English first
1 review
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“Exhibit getting a bit worn and tattered but still work the visit to fully appreciate the area and its residents.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 13, 2011

Liked it and liked the folks working there.. nice gift shop too..well spent time and 6 bucks.

1 Thank lauraspe
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Versailles, France
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124 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
“Very enjoyable visit”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 10, 2010

The architecture of the center is striking, drawing on the traditional habitat. Inside, interesting exhibits on said habitat. Friendly staff, and a very well stocked shop.

3 Thank Frenchie29
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Seattle, Washington
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5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“For a first nation museum, there was so...”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 25, 2010

For a first nation museum, there
was so much information, so much preserved! I read somewhere that the Yakima nation was less destroyed than other nations, which is why their cultural center has such a wealth of artifacts and information. Almost every structure regularly built and used by the Yakima has been recreated inside. The specific way children were viewed and taught is illustrated through dioramas, paintings, and eloquent signage. There are recordings of elders piped in explaining the folklore in one exhibit. And exhibit after exhibit is engrossing, well done.
My kids, who I want to have memories of a mother who tried to clue them in about history, couldn't help but want to climb into
the huts and structures, perhaps never to have to go back to a boring old house.
The 8 year old did well but the 5 year isn't reading reading enough to have stayed busy so I set her up in a quiet corner out the way where she could roll her ball around. I also read her all the stories pertaining to kids, which got sad. She thought it was wrong that they suffered. Bingo.
The self guided tour naturally ends with some brilliant portraits of young Yakimas in headdresses, feathers, and vivid face paint. Traditional finery mixed with futristic neon color. I couldn't peel my eyes off of
these photos and get out the door, even with the 5 year old in full
whine mode. I could have spent all day in the beautiful murals, in the recreated Yakima world.

2 Thank Funnfamily
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