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Cocopah Museum, Somerton

#226 of 235 in Museums in Arizona
History Museum · Hidden Gem · Museum
Opened in 1996, the Cocopah Museum and Cultural Center features historical and cultural exhibits, meeting space and a gift shop. The museum, which resides on the West Reservation, is surrounded by a 1.5-acre park features luxurious native trees and plants and a traditional dwelling replica made from natural elements.

The Cocopah Museum is a recognized federal repository, and its exhibits feature objects and depictions of Cocopah history and culture. Museum guests will see examples of traditional clothing such as bark skirts and leather sandals, modern-day beadwork, arrow weed-woven baskets, pottery, traditional tattoo designs, musical instruments and the Cocopah warriors' display.

The Museum also maintains a non-circulating archive filled with Cocopah artifacts and information.

Guests may purchase authentic Cocopah beadwork, Native arts and crafts, Native American music, jewelry, novelty items and much more at the gift shop.
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  • This museum has so much information presented in an easily accessible way in a small museum. It's great for all ages but not overwhelming. It is beautifully maintained and the gift shop has wonderful....  more »
  • My wife and I visited here, although we had trouble finding it with no GPS. Best advice I can give is when you are close to Somerton, look west for the water tower in the country side !!! The museum....  more »
  • The history of the Cocopah Indian Tribe is very interesting. The museum gift shop has great items that are reasonably priced and the staff is outstanding.
  • This is a lovely museum. The Cocopahs put alot of time and effort into it. You will learn alot about them as an underappreciated tribe in the Southwest. For example: when prisoners escaped from the prison or a soldier went AWOL, the government would hire a couple of Cocopahs to track them and bring them back. The white men sent after thrm would just kill them and bring back the bodies. They have different dwellings to show how they used to live, examples of cooking places, and a really nice gift shop and NONE ofvtbe things sold there were made in China or Korea!! All local crafts and thats nice!!

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