The Smoki Museum is a non-profit organization, whose mission is to help save the heritage of the early Southwest cultures. The Smoki “tribe” is a group of non-Indian individuals that formed in the 1920’s and perform ceremonies yearly despite the objections of Native Americans. The Indian Pueblo looking structure opened in 1935. A large Hopi kiva is the centerpiece inside the museum. The museum has artifacts and documents relating to the Native Americans, with an emphasis on the Prescott area.
Visitors will see many forms of ancient artifacts. Some artifacts include pots, weapons, jewlry, baskets and clothing. A split twig figure that dates to 3,000 years ago is the oldest piece inside the museum. The Smoki Museum also houses an outstanding collection of painting by Kate Cory. Ms. Cory lived among the Hopi and used her experiences to create her paintings.
The admission charge is by donation only. The museum is open Monday through Saturday 10:00 to 4:00 pm and Sunday 1:00 to 4:00 pm, during the months May through September. It is open Friday through Saturday 10:00 to 4:00 pm and Sunday 1:00 to 4:00, during the rest of the year. If you have questions, you may call 520-445-1230.
The Smoki Museum is located in Prescott, just north of Gurley Street at 147 North Arizona Street. It is across the street from the Ken Lindley Ball Park. You can get to Prescott by taking State Highway 69 west out of town and into Prescott.