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Wonderfully informative

We visited this attractive centre on a very snowy and cold day and wondered on the way there from... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
MALLINPJ
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Perth, Australia
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Excellent displays of Anasazi artifacts with knowledgeable staff

Don't miss this center it has a very nice museum of Anasazi items, ruins, and lots of information... read more

Reviewed 10 December 2018
tornillo2015
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Cortez, Colorado
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Reviewed 12 September 2013

I really didn't expect an outstanding museum from the Bureau of Land Management. (In fact, I wouldn't expect the BLM to do museums at all.) But this topped the other museums we visited in the area, including the museum and the visitor center at Mesa Verde.

The museum gives you an excellent background on anthropology in the Four Corners, and it's stuffed with pottery, arrow heads, photos, textiles, you name it. There's a life-sized display of an ancestoral Puebloan dwelling, dioramas and also a photo exhibit about the Utes, who are overlooked in many other regional museums.

The museum also features demonstration gardens of native and low-water plants - handsome and useful.

Don't miss the videos. They are very good.

The entrance fee is very modest, and if you have a National Parks pass, that gets you in so that it's free.

Date of experience: September 2013
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Reviewed 29 August 2013

They have an excellent museum. One of the things we did is go on a BLM tour of the artifacts that are not on display. They do a behind the scenes every Thursday at 2 p.m. Until October. It was amazing to see how much that is being stored and catalogued in the basement. There are three and a half million artifacts. They have to account for every bead, every shard, every pot, photos. Anyway, it was very interesting and well worth the hour of time it took.

Date of experience: August 2013
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Reviewed 18 August 2013

If you have a few hours to spare, spend them at the McPhee Reservoir nature center. Lots to learn about the area and the Indians. Be sure to purchase some Anasazi beans too. Follow the directions on the package to make. Really delish!

Date of experience: August 2013
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Reviewed 5 August 2013

We visited the Center before we went to Mesa Verde and Hovenweep and were glad we did. Lots of information, easily accessible, and helpful, friendly staff. Made the trip to Mesa Verde that much more meaningful.

Date of experience: May 2013
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Reviewed 25 July 2013

This interesting building--the architecture of which follows the style of the early Anasazi pueblos--is filled with fascinating treasures. A pothouse shows how this building was constructed and how it fit into the different structures built by the ancient pueblo peoples. There are displays that tell in pictures and words the history of the area. But the gems are the many beautiful old pots and container that have been found in the area and are now housed and cataloged by the Center. Ask for a special tour to the basement where there are many pieces residing on shelf after shelf. This place offers classes and opportunities to volunteer (through Road Scholar.) A trail from the main building leads to a ruin on the top of the hill above--the one that Spanish explorers first discovered when they came to the area. I also provides a great view of the reservoir that now covers many of the sites that are the source of the relics. Great, educational place to stop and learn.

Date of experience: June 2013
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Exhibitionist_11, Guest Relations Manager at The Anasazi Heritage Center, responded to this reviewResponded 28 July 2013

Thanks for your visit, and for your very positive review!

To clarify: Guided tours of the stored collections are only available by prior arrangement... or on Thursdays at 2 though October 31, 2013. Contact the museum for more information.

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