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“Nice collection of Native American artifacts”
Review of Smoki Museum

Smoki Museum
Ranked #12 of 75 things to do in Prescott
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Owner description: Museum that features exhibits and works from American Indian art and culture.
Reviewed 3 May 2018

Regardless of what you think of a group of people who dressed up as Native Americans in the days before political correctness put an end to those activities, this is a nice museum with a collection of pottery, with some paintings, and other artifacts. At the time you buy your admission you are provided with background information about the people who called themselves Smoki and how their activities evolved into the museum you see today. You are also given a small booklet that describes the various exhibits. There is a room in the rear that has historic photos and more detailed info on the Smoki. Worth visiting for an hour or two -- especially on a day when outdoor activities may not be a good idea.

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"worth a visit"
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Reviewed 27 April 2018 via mobile

Highly recommend this small museum
- excellent Collection of native Indian pottery
- cute miniature collection of Nat & Gladys Robbins
- a few dioramas of early Pueblo life
- Nice gift shop

1  Thank Ping*2
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Reviewed 9 April 2018 via mobile

“People come looking for the Smoki Tribe, and it doesn’t exist!”

This small, but interesting, museum has a fantastic collection of pottery and different items. For kids, there is a great Bingo chart to help them search for different items...and they get a keepsake at the end. The brochure that comes with admission has a key to the self-guided exhibit.

Make sure to go into the back room where the odd and uncomfortable history of the Smoki events are described. “Brown-face” and what we now call cultural appropriation is all there on display. These days, the museum has representatives from local First Nations on its board, and they have created a great place for modern day Native American artists.

1  Thank Kristin W
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Reviewed 17 March 2018

This was an interesting museum with lots of Native American artifacts from the area. It is not very large and admission was only $6. The ticket person spent some time explaining the origins of Smoki and the museum. The local townspeople decided to create the Smoki organization in the early 1900s and dressed and performed as Native Americans. In the 1990s there weren't enough members to continue performing so they established the museum to showcase Native American culture and have a separate room to depict the history of the Smoki organization.
There is plenty of free parking in front of the museum and the staff were very friendly and knowledgeable. With viewing the items and listening to the staff explain everything we visited for a little over 2 hours. We could have stayed longer but had another appointment.
This is well worth a visit if you are in the Prescott area.
This is where we also learned the locals do not pronounce Pres-cot, they pronounce the city Pres-kit.

3  Thank Tom-WCT
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Reviewed 12 March 2018

The old time Prescott Smoki has a wonderful history. Too bad they seem to be trying to re-write what it was founded for. It does have a lot of other good stuff though.

1  Thank FortPeck
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