Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum, Mesa Verde National Park

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The Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum is an archaeological museum in Montezuma County, Colorado, United States. Situated within Mesa Verde National Park, it is one of the main features of the Mesa Verde Administrative District, a National Historic Landmark since 1987.
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  • A really good museum in Mesa Verde National Park. It show a good film of what is in the Park and great Pueblo ruins next door. A good gift shop too. 
    A really good museum in Mesa Verde National Park. It show a good film of what is in the Park and great Pueblo ruins next door. A good gift shop too.  more »
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  • It takes about 40 minutes from the entrance of National Park to this museum. Gift shop inside has more variety of products comparing to the gift shop at visitor center. Also there is a post office nearby. You can send postcard there. There is a viewpoint nearby (1mins walk) for historical building.
  • Mesa Verde in general is a great place to visit if you've got a full morning, or even a full day. Our stop at the Museum was probably about an hour long, they've got a pretty educational exhibit inside with artifacts and paintings, including a 20ish minute long video explaining how humans survived here 1,000 years ago. The pictures I've posted are from the actual archaeological site, from which many of the artifacts were collected. I definitely recommend stopping by the museum to watch the instructional video before visiting any archaeological sites, since the video explains a lot of what you'll find there. In addition, my group paid for tickets to do the bus tour with Grady, and that was similarly helpful and educational. It costs a little more, but you definitely get your money's worth out of the visit. Mesa Verde is very well preserved and you can tell that everyone working at the site cares very much about preserving its history and culture. We definitely enjoyed our visit!

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