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Flagstaff, AZ 86001
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Visitors to MNA can view exhibits relating to the
Museum's four main disciplines: anthropology, biology, geology, and
fine art. The Museum has permanent exhibits
in five galleries and changing exhibits in three additional galleries.
Many visitors to the Grand
Canyon and the northern Arizona region are interested in the unique
cultures, such as the Hopi, Navajo, Zuni, and other Native American
tribes that live on the Colorado Plateau. The Museum's award-winning
permanent anthropology exhibit, Native Peoples of the Colorado
Plateau, documents 12,000 years of occupation in the region. The
Ethnology Gallery enlightens visitors about the daily lives of tribes
today, many of whom balance traditional lifestyles with jobs and
activities outside their reservations. A Hopi Kiva Room and Jewelry
Gallery offer additional insight into the daily lives of these peoples
and a chance to see the magnificent artwork they create.
|A Modern Hopi Mural
A modern Hopi mural in the Museum's Kiva Gallery
is recreating ancient stories of emergence and traditional life from
the Hopi point of view.
It also incorporates a new look at historical
accounts and symbols of worldly events. Hopi artists Michael
Kabotie and Delbridge
Honanie call it the "mythic journey mural." "We are looking at the painting as a weaving of the shadow side
(the unhealed) and the light side of our lives. We can learn quite a bit from this type of exploration," say
More information about the Kiva Gallery Mural
The Old Courtyard features
a Life Zone Exhibit, where visitors are introduced to the
extraordinary diversity of the Colorado Plateau's climate. During the
spring, summer, and fall, outdoor exploration opportunities are
available on the Museum campus. Visitors can stroll along the Nature
Trail and visit the Amphibian Pond to see local plants and wildlife.
Written nature trail guidebooks are available at the Admissions Desk.
Did you know that
Flagstaff's beautiful San Francisco Peaks are really a large, dormant
volcano? Find this out and more in the Geology Gallery, with its
geologic models, fossils, and mineral specimens. The permanent
exhibits in this area of the Museum introduce you to the many changes
the Colorado Plateau has undergone through millions of years of
geologic and volcanic activity. A highlight of this gallery is a
life-size skeletal model of Dilophosaurus, a carnivorous dinosaur
found in northern Arizona.
Exemplary fine arts of the
region are displayed in the Lockett Fine Arts Gallery. This
gallery and the Chase Gallery also highlight some of the Museum's own
outstanding collection of easel art and sculpture.
Histories in Clay:
1800 Years of
Native American Ceramic
Gallery is an intimate gallery complete with a reading area and
Hopi people believe that pottery fragments are the footsteps of their
ancestors. Archaeologists also appreciate the windows into past
culture that both potsherds and whole ceramic vessels provide. MNA
cofounder Harold Colton was instrumental in creating the
classification system scientists still use to sort the vast array of
prehistoric Southwestern ceramics design styles, manufacture
techniques, and cultural traits. The coalescence of these views
is expressed in this exhibit which features 151 prehistoric and
contemporary ceramic vessels from both the Babbitt Collection and MNA
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