The Smoki Museum was built in 1935 of native stone and wood, so already know can sense how connected this museum is to the indigenous people from the area, and that is exactly their mission - to instil an understanding and respect for the indigenous cultures of the southwest.
Through the exhibits that focus on the art & culture of that southwest heritage, they do just that!
The exhibits within the Smoki Museum explore the artistry and heritage of Native American peoples. You can see an exhibit covering historic era pottery (how do you think it's changed kids, over the years), and even bone, clay and wood artifacts that can show us the lifestyle of another time.
There are exhibits on fine jewelry and adornments, as well as footwear, hair care and clothing materials, and even basketry.
You can really dig deep into the history with carvings, micro-archaeology and petroglyphs, and these are hands-on exhibits too, allowing kids to gain an easier understanding of the subject matter.
Not only does the Smoki Museum have fascinating exhibits, but they also host a number of key events across the year (including the popular Night at the Museum, where you explore with flashlights!), as well as a festival that is always fun to attend.
So immerse yourselves in a day of heritage, culture and history at the Smoki Museum, you never know what you might discover!
From Highway 69 westbound coming into Prescott, bear left onto Gurley Street. On your right, just past a large, old rock building and some tennis courts is Arizona Street. Turn right (north) at signal and drive approximately 100 yards to the Smoki Museum - the second stone building on your right-hand side.Get directions
Free under 13 years
Seniors and veterans are $8 and Students with ID are $6
Non-profit organisation. Their mission is “to instil understanding and respect for the indigenous cultures of the southwest.”
Grab a bite to eat before in the local area
Make sure you check out the events on the website, as some you might not want to miss out on! The festival is always a big deal too, so check out the details!
There is a Trading Post where you can pick up local crafts including jewelry!
Not only do they offer tours, but they also offer prehistoric pottery classes too!
The handicap parking area and the handicap entrance are at the back of the building
The handicap parking area and the handicap entrance are at the back of the building (see map on website).