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Museum of Northern Arizona, Flagstaff

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The Museum of Northern Arizona is a museum in Flagstaff, Arizona, United States, that was established as a repository for Indigenous material and natural history specimens from the Colorado Plateau.

The museum was founded in 1928 by zoologist Dr. Harold S. Colton and artist Mary-Russell Ferrell Colton from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and is dedicated to preserving the history and cultures of northern Arizona and the Colorado Plateau.

The museum is a member of the North American Reciprocal Museums program.

Hours of Operation:
Monday–Saturday: 10:00 am–5:00 pm
Sunday: 12:00–5:00 pm
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  • Very good cultural approach to the region that has so many tribes and greatly differing languages. Impressive displays and themes. This museum makes one reflect. One wonders if we can not begin to...  more »
  • Almost the entire museum is dedicating to the history, culture and life of the earliest inhabitants of the region. It would take hours to read every label and sign but you will learn a great deal if....  more »
  • Small "museum" with seemingly more than half of the building devoted to gift shops selling overpriced jewelry and art. A couple of dinosaur displays, a kid's room off to the side (only one as far as I could tell) that focused on ants(?) Not sure what that was about, but our daughter had fun there and no other kids were there, so she had the room to herself. I got the impression the museum isn't very kid friendly. Good displays on Native cultures. Would have been nice to see a few Natives working there to add more authenticity to the otherwise only white staff. Why no Native guide to answer questions on the Native displays? We spent about 90 minutes here, including walking around the outside grounds a bit. Had planned to go on the nature trail near the museum, but the weather didn't cooperate with us today! $12 admission per adult and our 3-year old was free. Price is decent I guess for 90 minutes. Our daughter spent 30 minutes in the aforementioned "ant room" otherwise this would have been less than an hour for us, so I get why some reviews said it was overpriced. One of the gift shops has pretty expensive breakable items (like small Native pottery) within hands reach of toddlers. Obviously, those should be out of reach of little ones, especially since you stuck the shop right in the middle of the "museum." I didn't realize what it was until my daughter had run in there. No plans to go back here, but if you're in the area and need to kill an hour or so, it's okay. We'll probably drop by to try the nature trail or have a picnic on a future trip, but unless they change displays, I don't see touring inside again.
  • Cute little museum. Doesn't take long to see everything. Which was perfect for the kiddies. They had a little kids section with board games, coloring pages, audio visual learning, and a puppet show you all related to the theme being taught. Nice stop in Flagstaff if you are looking for something to do with the kids.

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