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“Very Interesting”

White Mountain Apache Cultural Center
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Owner description: Originally established in 1969, this museum is considered a monument to the Tribe's historical resiliency and ongoing commitment to celebrate and perpetuate Apache heritage.
Reviewed 23 May 2012

If you're interested in history and the southwest I recommend making this side trip on your way from the White Mountains to Tucson or Phoenix. Several of the buildings are original some were rebuilt over a hundred years ago. It's interesting to see how the Fort was built and functioned.

The original General's cabin has Indian photos and historical stories.

Included in the fee is a visit to the Kinisba Ruins which again are very interesting but if you are looking for a Mesa Verde you will not find it here. What you will find is a very quiet, untraveled place where you can see the connection between the houses, the plaza and the surrounding areas.

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Reviewed 7 May 2012

The cultural center had interesting information on the Apache. Displays made a big point of loving the land. The entire town of Whiteriver and the surrounding areas were coverd in discarded plastic bags. Some love. Fort Apache has a cabin with the information on the fort history. The cabin was closed because a dog had taken up residence and torn the place up. The stewards don't show much interest in visitors learning the white man history in the area. The nearby Kinishba ruins had been restored in part in the 1930's under the leadership of an ASU professor. The Apache stewards have left the place deteriorate.

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Reviewed 10 February 2012

There were some of the original buildings from the 1800s that were in good condition. It gave you an idea of how the military lived here with the Apaches. There was a trail with signs about life in those times.
The museum needs better lighting to see some of the displays.

1  Thank Amiga9
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Reviewed 22 September 2011

The Apache Cultural Center is easy to find off of Hwy 73, and the cost to visit the center, walk around Fort Apache and visit the Kinishba Ruins is just $10/car. We stopped at the center first and found the displays, layout of the center, and the movie (inside a tent with seating for about 6 people and displayed on a TV monitor) very interesting and informative. It showed great pride and we spent a couple of hours walking through, looking at the wonderful exhibits of artifacts, baskets, pottery, pictures, clothing, and beadwork. We then went on a self-tour around the remains of Fort Apache. Each of the old buildings on 'Officers Row' was clearly marked with the date of the building, its purpose, and history. Only a few of the buildings were accessible to visitors, but the ones we could visit gave us a real sense of what it was like to live there when it was occupied as a military fort. We drove part way up the road that led to the cemetery, but the road was narrow (dirt) and not well kept, so we turned around. We then drove on to the Kinishba Ruins which was included in the price.

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Reviewed 28 April 2015
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