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Museums

From the famed Heard Museum to smaller collections within individual reservations and communities, Arizona offers a number of engaging museums focusing on American Indian cultures.

Museums display traditional arts and crafts and incorporate centuries-old artifacts into their exhibits. Wherever you go, Arizona’s American Indian museums are sure to open your eyes and inspire your senses. See our complete list of American Indian museums here:

  • San Carlos Apache Cultural Center

    The San Carlos Apache Tribe opened its Cultural Center to tell their own story of their people. A special exhibit, “Window on Apache Culture,” is housed in the center.

  • Navajo Nation Museum

  • Colorado River Indian Tribes (CRIT) Museum

    The heritage of the four tribes that comprise the Colorado River Indian Tribes is presented at the Colorado River Indian Tribes Museum.

  • Museum of Northern Arizona

    The museum provides a wonderful introduction to the Native people who live in Northern Arizona, especially the Navajo and Hopi. There are excellent interpretive exhibits for children and a fine bookstore and gift shop that showcases art, crafts and jew

  • River of Time

  • White Mountain Apache Culture Center and Museum

  • Ak-Chin Him-Dak Museum

    In addition to an informative exhibit about the Community, art- work by residents is showcased. Called a “museum without walls,” the collection and even archaeological excavations have been created by community members.

  • Huhugam Heritage Center - Gila River Indian Community

    This modern new center highlights both the historic and living cultures of the Akimel O’odham and the Pee Posh, recognizing and preserving the enduring traditions of the Gila River Indian Community.

  • Arizona State Museum

    The oldest and largest anthropology museum in the state, the Arizona State Museum is a Smithsonian Institution affiliate. “Paths of Life: American Indians of the Southwest,” is the permanent exhibit and focuses on 10 tribes of Arizona and n

  • Pueblo Grande Museum and Archaeological Park

    Located in a 1,500 year-old Hohokam village ruin in Phoenix, the museum has been dedicated to the study and interpretation of the Hohokam culture for more than 70 years.

  • Amerind Foundation Museum

  • Mohave Museum of History & Arts

    Western, Native American, Dioramas

  • Heard Museum

    The scope of the museum emphasizes the lifeways of indigenous people of the southwest, but the museum collection and exhibitions cover the living cultures and arts of all contemporary Native peoples.Throughout the year, the museum hosts popular events&

  • Explore Navajo Interactive Museum

    Explore Navajo Interactive Museum is an extraordinary look at Navajo people, its society, its accomplishments and its historic contributions.

  • Cocopah Museum & Cultural Center

    This small but intriguing museum features life-sized models of Cocopah ancestral people arranged in historic settings. The life-size dioramas illustrate the heritage of the Cocopah people who continue to reside in the Yuma area.

  • Pipe Spring National Monument

    American Indians, Mormon pioneers, plants, animals and others have depended on the life-giving water found at Pipe Spring. Learn about the lives of both the Kaibab Paiutes and the pioneers at the Visitor Center and Museum, take a guided tour of an historic fort, witness living history demonstrations, or simply meander at your own pace around the grounds.

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