Museums

NOTICE: The Navajo Nation parks and recreational areas are currently CLOSED to the public. Tourists & visitors are asked to refrain from visiting during this COVID-19 pandemic.
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Come visit one of the many museums within the Navajo Nation to experience the history and culture that makes the Navajo so special. Each museum, though different in many ways, lets you learn and experience the story of the Navajo people and land. Learn about Navajo history, people, culture, government, beliefs, arts, ceremonies, sacred sites and language.

NED A. HATATHLI CULTURAL CENTER

NED A. HATATHLI CULTURAL CENTERLocated in Tsaile, Arizona at the Dine College compound, serves the residents of the 27,000 square-mile Navajo Nation which is spread over Arizona, New Mexico and Utah. Founded in 1968, it is the first of 37 tribal colleges. Diné College has two main campuses and six community centers serving approximately 2,000 students. Diné College is a public institution of higher education chartered by the Navajo Nation. The mission of Diné College is to apply the Sá’ah Naagháí Bik’eh Hózhóón principles to advance quality student learning through Nitsáhákees (Thinking), Nahatá (Planning), Iiná (Living) and Siih Hasin (Assuring).
The museum is located within the Ned A. Hatathli Cultural Center on the fourth floor at Tsaile Campus. It features a variety of audio-visual exhibitions plus traveling exhibits, workshops, and lectures. The permanent collection consists of historical manuscripts, films, tapes, photographs, and Navajo and other tribal artifacts.
 
For more information contact:
Ned A. Hatathli Cultural Center
Dine’ College
Indian Route 64 & 1 Circle Drive
Tsaile, Arizona 86556​
 
phone icon Toll-Free 1-877-988-3463  

NAVAJO CODE TALKERS MUSEUM

NAVAJO CODE TALKERS MUSEUMLocated in Tuba City, just a few short steps away from the Explore Navajo Interactive Museum, the Navajo Code Talkers Museum has actual gear and tools used in battle, victory stories, transcripts of a Code Talker and exceptionally detailed photos.

The Code Talker’s primary job in World War II was to talk and transmit information on tactics, troop movements, orders and other vital battlefield information via telegraphs and radios in their native dialect.  A major advantage of the code talker system was its speed. The method of using Morse code often took hours where as, the Navajos handled a message in minutes.   It has been said that if was not for the Navajo Code Talker’s, the Marines would have never taken Iwo Jima. 

For more information on Code talkers, read the article, “Honoring Code Talkers” by Sam Lowe.

10 Main Street
Tuba City, Arizona 86045
 

EXPLORE NAVAJO INTERACTIVE MUSEUM

EXPLORE NAVAJO INTERACTIVE MUSEUMLocated in Tuba City, the Explore Navajo Interactive Museum approximates the journey Navajos take through life. Four monumental directional symbols divide the Museum into four quadrants. Traveling clockwise, you will enter the east and move to the south, west and north where in each quadrant you are introduced to the land, language, history, culture and ceremonial life of the Navajo. At over 7,000 sq. feet, the museum features a traditional Navajo Hogan (home) and Navajo stories of creation. Your Navajo escort will help you understand the exhibits of Navajo culture, traditions, family systems and more.

Hours of Operation (varies by season):
December – February

Monday – Friday: By Appt Only
Saturday & Sunday: CLOSED

March – May
Monday – Friday: 9:00am – 5:00pm
Saturday & Sunday: CLOSED

June – August
Monday – Friday: 8:00am – 7:00pm
Saturday: 8:00am – 5:00pm
Sunday: CLOSED

September – November
Monday – Friday: 9:00am – 5:00pm
Saturday & Sunday: CLOSED

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NAVAJO NATION MUSEUM & VISITOR’S CENTER

NAVAJO NATION MUSEUM & VISITOR'S CENTERThe modern Navajo Nation Museum is located in Window Rock and is dedicated to preserving and interpreting the rich and unique culture of the Navajo Nation. Native displays, a book and gift shop, snack bar, auditorium, outdoor amphitheater, information kiosk, library and on-site authentic Navajo Hogan complete the center.

Hours of Operation:
Tuesday – Friday: 8am– 8pm 
Monday & Saturday: 8am – 5pm

For more information contact:

Navajo Nation Museum
Highway 264 and Loop Road
P.O. Box 1840
Window Rock, Arizona 86515
 

NAVAJO VILLAGE HERITAGE CENTER

NAVAJO VILLAGE HERITAGE CENTERA visit to the Navajo Village Heritage Center is a unique opportunity to engage in Navajo culture. Visitors will enjoy authentic Navajo food and plains Indian dance performances, experience traditional story-telling, and learn about Navajo history and traditions. 
For more information contact:
 
1253 Coppermine Road
Page, Arizona
 

ST. MICHAELS HISTORICAL MUSEUM

ST. MICHAELS HISTORICAL MUSEUM​Though only a subdivided stone building, the St. Michaels Historical Museum offers some of the best insight into the Navajo culture of the early 20th century. Established in 1898, the St. Michaels Mission of Francison Friars fashioned an influence on the Navajo people with their religious and school teachings.

The Mission Museum is open Mon–Fri: 9am–5pm from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

For more information contact:

St. Michaels, Arizona 86511
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Upcoming Events:

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Crossing Between Worlds: Two Navajo Weddings – One Navajo Bride and Groom with Charles Winters @ ONLINE
Apr 10 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Crossing Between Worlds: Two Navajo Weddings – One Navajo Bride and Groom with Charles Winters
Saturday, April 10, 2021, 11:00 am – Arizona Time
Join Amerind for the free online lecture, Crossing Between Worlds: Two Navajo Weddings – One Navajo Bride and Groom with photographer Charles Winters. Winters will share the photographs he captured and discuss relationships he formed during a six-year project he undertook in the Canyon de Chelly community on the Navajo Nation.
Charles D. Winters, a photographer and cinematographer, photographed and taught photography at State University of New York in Oneonta, NY. His work has been exhibited widely most recently at the Amerind Museum and 3 books of his documentary photography have been published: “Too Wet to Plow: The Family Farm in Transition,” “The Catskills: Land in the Sky” and “Crossing Between Worlds: The Navajos of Canyon de Chelly.” Now retired, he lives in Bisbee, AZ.
This online program is free, but space is limited. To register visit: https://bit.ly/AmerindOnline041021