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The Smoki Museum - Prescott, AZ

The Mission of the Smoki Museum is to instill an understanding and respect for indigenous cultures of the Southwest.

The Smoki Museum - Prescott, AZ

Designed to resemble an Indian pueblo, the museum was built in 1935 and constructed with labor by the Civilian Works Administration and the Smoki People.

The Smoki Museum - Prescott, AZ

The Smoki Museum is located in Prescott, AZ.

The Smoki Museum - Prescott, AZ

The Smoki Museum has the Pueblo, a space for rent for special events and occasions.

The Smoki Museum - Prescott, AZ

The Smoki Museum features exhibits of well-known artists.

The Smoki Museum - Prescott, AZ

The Smoki Museum features exhibits of well-known artists.

The Smoki Museum - Prescott, AZ

Kate Thompson Cory paintings are among the historical and artistic treasures in the Permanent Collection.

The Smoki Museum - Prescott, AZ

Kate Thompson Cory paintings are among the historical and artistic treasures in the Permanent Collection.

The Smoki Museum - Prescott, AZ

There are many historical and artistic treasures in the Permanent Collection.

The Smoki Museum - Prescott, AZ

There are many historical and artistic treasures in the Permanent Collection.

The Smoki Museum - Prescott, AZ

Baskets are among the many historical and artistic treasures in the Permanent Collection.

The Smoki Museum - Prescott, AZ

Each year the Museum holds auctions in Spring and Summer, featuring Indian Art such as rugs, pottery, jewelry, baskets, katsina dolls, and paintings.

The Smoki Museum - Prescott, AZ

“The Trading Post” and offers an opportunity to enjoy an intimate shop showing original Native American artwork and crafts.

The Smoki Museum - Prescott, AZ

“The Trading Post” and offers an opportunity to enjoy an intimate shop showing original Native American artwork and crafts.

    

 

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Welcome to the Smoki Museum

Located in Prescott, Arizona

The Mission of the Smoki Museum is to instill an understanding and respect for indigenous cultures of the Southwest.

Designed to resemble an Indian pueblo, the Smoki Museum was built in 1935 of native stone and wood. It was constructed with labor provided by the Civilian Works Administration and the Smoki People. The Smoki People were a group of Prescott citizens organized in 1921 and dedicated to the perpetuation of American Indian ceremonies and dances.

Until 1990, the Smoki People held annual pageants at the Yavapai County Fairgrounds, but they also became a large social organization focused on developing appreciation for Southwest Indian tribes through the Museum and their annual program. Most of the display cases, hand-chiseled furniture and models were built shortly after the building and qualify as antiques. The challenge is to maintain the historical value of the building, the display cases, and the like while making visitors comfortable and the collection physically and environmentally safe.

The ethnographic collections include clothing, ornaments and ceremonial paraphernalia from the Sioux, Apache and Woodland Indians. The extensive collection of baskets on display are from the local Yavapai, Apache, Pima, Tohono O'odham and Seri tribes and various California tribes.

The Museum's art collection includes oil and watercolor paintings, charcoal drawings and hundreds of Hopi photographs by Kate Cory. Ms. Cory decorated the Museum walls with several incredible kachina paintings.
The Smoki Museum library contains some 600 volumes, mostly on Native American prehistory and ethnography. In the library, you will find periodicals from Museum News and Pottery Southwest, among others.

Admission Fees: 

Adult – $7     Senior-$6     Student [with ID] – $5     Children [Under 12] – 0

Museum Hours - Open Year Round
• Mondays through Saturdays: 10 AM - 4 PM
• Sunday:1PM - 4 PM
• Open Labor Day, 10 AM - 4 PM
• Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, December 31 & Easter
• Open Dec. 24th -10 AM - 1 PM only
• If weather restricts travel, call the Museum to see if it is open.
 
Winter closings as follows:  
December 24th - half day, am only
December 25th - Closed December 26th - Closed December 27th
Open December 28th -
Open December 29-January 1st - Closed,
Open January 2nd forward, normal hours.

  Handicapped Accessible

Map to the Smoki Museum

Handicap Parking & Accessibility is available behind the Museum.  Turn off Gurley into the Grace Sparks Activity Center’s parking area.  Continue through that parking area to the back of the Museum.

The Joanne Cline Research Library Is Open Wednesdays,  1 to 4 PM. The Library contains books, Journals, magazines and videotapes related to Southwest Tribes. Part of the collection is available for circulation and part  is intended for research within the Library. The collection is indexed in the Yavapai Library Network catalog. The Library is open to researchers by appointment.

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