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“Excellent small museum of Native Americans”

Museum of Northern Arizona
Ranked #7 of 109 things to do in Flagstaff
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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. Award-winning Museum Shop & Bookstore onsite. Self-guided Rio de Flag Nature Trail.
Reviewed May 25, 2014 via mobile

This one floor museum was founded in 1928 and is in a 1935 stone building. It is just north of Flagstaff. Alot of history and artifacts about northern AZ groups especially Hopi, Zuni and Navajo. Good art work and excellent gift shops. They have 4 special festivals a year. They are members of the North American Reciprocal Museums (NARM) so membership in one of those museums allows for free admission.

1  Thank Pnemiller
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Reviewed May 17, 2014

We stopped by the museum on a whim as we drove into Flagstaff. This may be the nicest, well-thought out small museum I've visited. It offers an excellent collection of historical and geological artifacts unique to Northern Arizona. The museum looks as if it were built yesterday... it's obviously well-maintained. I'm not into jewelry, but I found the collection of Native American jewelry to be almost spellbinding.

We observed several docents holding classes for small groups of young school children.... the exchange between the docents and children was fun to behold.

The museum staff members and volunteers with whom we spoke are clearly proud... and rightfully so in my book...of their beautiful facility. Judging by the programs offered by the museum, it is a proactive, valuable resource in the community.

2  Thank Robert H
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Reviewed May 14, 2014 via mobile

This museum is certainly the place to go to put together the past in this part of the USA. The rooms to the immediate left and right of the main entrance are the best. The history of the peoples of the area over the last 15,000 years was very well presented.
The back parts of the building are very arty - some of it fits with the museum theme, other parts seem to be art gallery/showroom. The bookshop is decent, the shop is easy expensive.
There were two sets of people working there when I visited. Some amateur decents arranging for a school visit, and staff on the desk and bookshop. The docents were so keen to spread the word about what could be learned from the museum, and how to best explain it. The trouble was that it was clear that the paid staff did not appreciate the docents at all. While I was in 3 of the rooms I heard loud disparaging remarks about "the volunteers". Honestly, they were the only people who seemed to care.

3  Thank stevetupper
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Reviewed May 7, 2014

This museum sets the scene for how the area and the mountains were formed through to dinosaurs and on to the people who live here. For me the most fascinating was the information on the Indian tribes and how differently they all lived. Well worth a visit.

1  Thank behappy222
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Reviewed May 4, 2014

Visiting this museum almost made up for being shut out of the Grand Canyon.. Beautifully curated and wonderfully informative, I came away with a much deeper knowledge of the Native Americans. The pottery and jewelry displayed was beautiful, and the special exhibit of Arizona landscape paintings was stunning. The gift shop is high quality, with beautiful crafts and excellent books for sale.

1  Thank gemswinc
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