The Museum of Northern Arizona is the best place to visit and learn about the Native American cultures of Northern Arizona. The museum is internationally recognized for its research on the Colorado Plateau. The Plateau includes Northern Arizona and the Four Corners region taking in the Grand Canyon, Bryce and Zion National Parks, along with the Hopi and Navajo Indian Reservations. The museum is devoted to the geology, anthropology and fine arts of the area. One of the most popular exhibits at the museum is the “Native Peoples of the Colorado Plateau”, which shows the development of the people from the Anasazi to the Native Americans of today.
The museum was constructed in 1928 to house the galleries and ever changing exhibits. The Exhibit Building covers nearly 13,000 square feet. Children will enjoy seeing the life-sized model of Diloposaurus, a carnivore dinosaur, who once roamed Northern Arizona. There is something that will interest all who come to visit. During the summer, the museum has demonstrations and dances done by Native Americans. This is a must see, if you are in the area at this time. You will want to call in advance to find out exact times and events.
The museum boasts a reproduction of a Hopi kiva. The kiva is a circular meeting room. The kiva has a loom and rug making display, along with information about the native people who used the kiva.
The gift shop has numerous authentic Native American art pieces for sale. There is a large selection of Indian arts, books and other items that will remind you of your visit. Outside the museum there is a half-mile nature trail, which takes you along a creek and a canyon rim.
The Museum of Northern Arizona is open daily from 9:00 to 5:00, except on New Year’s Day, Christmas and Thanksgiving. The cost of admission is $5.00 for adults, $4.00 for seniors over 55, $3.00 for students with an ID, $2.00 for children ages 7 through 17 and children under 7 are free. You can find out more about the museum and special activities by calling 520-774-5213 or 520-774-5211.
The museum is located at 3101 North Fort Valley Road. You will take U.S. Highway 180 north out of Flagstaff for about three miles until you come to the museum on your right. If you are coming from Tucson or Phoenix take Interstate 17 north out of town to Flagstaff. Once you are in Flagstaff, travel through town on Milton Road and continue heading north on Humphrey’s Road/Fort Valley Road or U.S. Highway 180 to the Museum. The museum will be on the left side of the road, approximately two miles from downtown Flagstaff.