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“Great Collections of Native American Artifacts” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Smoki Museum

Smoki Museum
Ranked #13 of 68 things to do in Prescott
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Museum that features exhibits and works from American Indian art and culture.
Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
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194 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
“Great Collections of Native American Artifacts”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2013 via mobile

Wonderful lay out of the different artifacts along with a description of each one. Allow two hours to see everything as there's a lot to see.

Visited November 2013
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Mich
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706 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 224 helpful votes
“A museum of the Native Americans of the area”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2013

We always like to see the other side of the history. Native americans and/or Native Mexicans are often overlooked and it is nice the see they get recognized.

Visited October 2013
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Westerville, Ohio
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102 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“A Prescott Surprise”
5 of 5 bubbles 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.

Visited May 2013
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Thank Pat W
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Huntington Beach, California
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48 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Smoki -- only if you have time to spare!”
3 of 5 bubbles 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?

Visited October 2013
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Tucson, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Excellent collection”
5 of 5 bubbles 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!

Visited July 2013
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