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“Good lesson for children”

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.
Castro Valley, California
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367 reviews
142 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 254 helpful votes
“Good lesson for children”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 April 2013

While this is not a place we would return to, we are glad we spent time in both the museum as well as a walk around the grounds. The small museum has some interesting items to view. The log cabin was open, (the only other site open to the public). While we bought a walking tour map for $2.50, there was really no reason to spend the money. There is a plaque in front of each building describing exactly what is in the tour map guide. We were able to talk with our daughter about the history of Reservations, and the effect this has had on Native Indians up to now.

Visited April 2013
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Phoenix, Arizona, United States
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4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
“Fort Apache”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 June 2012

We didn't realize that Fort Apache was located in this area. The museum was great, really enjoyable and informative.

Visited June 2012
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Tucson, Arizona
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132 reviews
72 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Very Interesting”
4 of 5 bubbles 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.

Visited May 2012
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Carefree, Az
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103 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
“Big talk, little do”
2 of 5 bubbles 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.

Visited May 2012
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Kirtland, Ohio
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290 reviews
105 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 152 helpful votes
“Very Interesting View on History”
4 of 5 bubbles 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.

Visited February 2012
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