Museum of Northern Arizona

The Museum of Northern Arizona, founded in 1928, is devoted to inspiring "a sense of love and responsibility for the beauty and diversity of the Colorado Plateau through collecting, studying, interpreting, and preserving the region’s natural and cultural heritage." The Museum of Northern Arizona is the perfect place to begin your Four Corners/Colorado Plateau tour. The museum has major collections and exhibits derived from it's 80 year long research programs in geology/paleontology, ecology/biology, archaeology and regional cultural history. It is also an art museum featuring the works of many well known artists of the Colorado Plateau with notable collections of Gunnar Widforss, Mary-Russell Ferrell Colton, Fred and Michael Kabotie, Harrison Begay, Alan Houser, Dan Namingha and many others. Major exhibits include Native Peoples of the Colorado Plateau, an award winning exhibit that traces the history of the human experience on the Colorado Plateau. The exhibit has beautiful displays of native ceramics, basketry, textiles and katsina dolls. A reconstructed Hopi kiva is the home of a comtemporary mural called the Journey of the Human Spirit by the late Michael Kabotie and Delbridge Honaine. The exhbit featuring the geology/paleontology of the Colorado Plateau traces the evolution of the landscape and the diversity of life in the region over the past 1.5 billion years. Special exhibits galleries feature regularly changing art exhibits that present diverse perspectives on the Colorado Plateau through the eyes of various artists. The historic Golightly Courtyard features exhibits on the life zones and plant communities of Northern Arizona.

The museum, built of native volcanic rock, is nestled in a beautiful ponderosa pine forest at the edge of the Rio de Flag, a canyon, carved into a lava flow, that runs past the entrance of the museum. The museum galleries consisting of white plaster walls, Douglas fir beams, and skylights that connect the visitors to the surrounding landscape, create an accessible and intimate atmosphere that in itself celebrates the region.

In summer months, the museum sponsors four major Heritage Festivals featuring music, dance, art sales and Hertiage Insights presentations given by native scholars and cultural experts. On Memorial Day weekend the museum hosts the Zuni Festival, 4th of July weekend the Hopi Festival, early August the Navajo Festival and late October, the Celebraciones de la Gente, a celebration of Latino culture.

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Latitude: 35.2345431 Longitude: -111.6655111 Elevation: 7086 ft
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Seasons Open

Open all year round, except Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years Day

Hours Open

9 AM- 5PM

Fees

$7 adults, $6 seniors,$5 students, $4 children. (Prices subject to change)

Eco-Friendly Notes

The Museum of Northern Arizona has become a national leader in sustainability. The new Easton Collection Center where the museum's collections are housed, is a LEED certified building with a Platinum rating, the highest LEED rating available. Engineering News and Record Magazine (ENR) named it the "Best of the Best" nationally in the Green Building category in 2009. The building exemplifies green buiding practices, mostly through the use of passive design principles. One of the building's notable features is its "living roof" of native grasses and wildflowers. This roof provides a high level of insulation for the building and regulated run-off.

The museum exhibit building, constructed of native materials, exemplifies the use of local and natural materials in museum design.

ADA Accessibility Notes

The museum is fully accessible.

Pet Friendly Notes

Sorry, only certified service animals are allowed in the museum.

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