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Navajo Interactive Museum - Tuba City

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Navajo Interactive Museum

Navajo Interactive Museum

©2008 Betsy Malloy Photography

Location:

Main St at Moenave Rd
North of the intersection of U.S. 160 and Arizona 264
Tuba City, AZ 86045

Phone: (928) 283-5441

Hours:

Monday through Saturday: 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Sunday: 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Admission Fees:

$9 Adult

$7 Seniors over 65

$6 Children 7 to 12 years old

Children under 6 get in free

Seeing the Navajo Interactive Museum:

The museum is compact and easy to get around. Start in the Emergence Theatre, where a film clip of the night sky introduce "the lessons of Navajo constellations." Afterward, enter the exhibit area and walk through the exhibits the same way the Navajo enter their hogans: start left and go clockwise.

Things to Know Before You Go:

  • Parking is free
  • A small museum about Navajo Code Talkers is located just across the plaza

Timing:

Because the museum is indoors and air conditioned, any time of day is fine for a visit. It will take at least an hour to see the introductory film and browse through the exhibits, but if you're curious and the weavers are working, you could be there much longer.

Shopping:

The Tuba City Trading Post, built in the early 1870s is located next to the Code Talker museum. They sell Indian arts and crafts including jewelry, pottery, rugs, sand paintings, Kachina dolls, and clothing.

Tip:

To best understand the people whose land you'll be traveling through, make the Navajo Interactive Museum your first stop in Navajo Country.

Enjoying the Navajo Interactive Museum:

Originally created for exhibition at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah, the Navajo Interactive Museum marks the first time the Navajo people have told their own story to visitors who want to learn more about them. The museum includes a range of exhibits about Navajo life and customs, starting with the creation story. Other areas explore weaving and the Navajo relationship with their sheep, living in two worlds and hopes for the future.

A number of interactive exhibits are included, which are fun for kids and adults alike. You can learn how to tie a hair bun, go inside a full-sized replica of a hogan or listen to the story of Spider Woman, who taught the people how to use wool.

Across the plaza, the Code Talker Museum honors the Navajos who helped the U. S. Military in World War II.

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