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“A Prescott Surprise”
Review of Smoki Museum

Smoki Museum
Ranked #13 of 71 things to do in Prescott
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Owner description: Museum that features exhibits and works from American Indian art and culture.
Reviewed 1 November 2013

Another reviewer said it best -- "not your typical tribe." The Smoki Museum is tucked away from Precott's main tourist area and is loaded with a spectacular collection of Native American artifacts. The Smoki Triibe is not a here-to-for unknown Native American group, but rather was a Prescott civic club of Anglo collectors and historians. The museum houses their collections and exhibits contemporary Native American artists. Be sure to view the interpretive videos running on continous loop discuss the sometimes troubled legacy of the club. The volunteer docents on site the day we visited fielded some hard questions with great knowledge and grace. And demonstrating their commitment to promote contemporary artists, the gift shop featured Pueblo pottery at remarkable prices! A delightful surprise and well worth the visit.

Thank Pat W
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Reviewed 16 October 2013

Touring this local museum was included in a Road Scholar tour itinerary. Mostly Native American artifacts on a small scale. Learned that Smoki is not a real tribe -- just a group of people who "pirated" the snake dance from local tribes and then exploited it for public amusement. Really?

1  Thank DianaL936
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Reviewed 10 October 2013

The Smoki Museum was surprising in that the Smoki were not actually Native American Indians, but local townfolk in Prescott who preserved many aspects of local native culture. Very interesting, and the museum has a fantastic collection of authentic artifacts. A must-see for history and Western buffs!

Thank desertkat60
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Reviewed 26 September 2013

Great pottery collection. Some artifacts. Go to the back and read the history of the Smoki tribe. To tell you would ruin the surprise. Enjoy.

Thank Rhyolite123
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Reviewed 19 August 2013

We love Museums and Historical Society places. The Smoki Museum building alone is worth a look. It is amazing and very unique in its appearance. This was a very hot day (8/10), but inside, it was so nice and cool. All artifacts are beautifully displayed, and easy and pleasant on the eyes. Lots of history to absorb, and all done in a "consumer friendly" way.
The Museums of Prescott are really all very different and all very special, and we found it amazing that a city of this size (less than 40,000 residents) has such beautiful museums.

5  Thank NYU62
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