It was a beautiful building and probably one of the nicest museum exhibits I've ever seen. Everything was concise and very user friendly, especially for kids. The grounds were organized in sections with descriptive elements to explain native plants, vegetation, etc.
|The exterior was semi-circle shaped with vegetation throughout and pathways to explore.|
|This was my favorite exterior display.|
It's free to visit the Visitor's Center and $5 per adult (children under 17 are free) to view the museum exhibits, which I highly recommend. If you have kind of National Park Pass you received free entry. They take all types of park passes and they are also ADA accessible.
|Info Center on the left.|
|Museum Shop on the right.|
|Anasazi Cultural People Greeting as you enter.|
|Verbage on the Anasazi|
They did have a Junior Explorer program - similar to the National Parks Junior Ranger program and the kids decided to do their booklets to earn a badge. They only had to do a few pages per their age group but what they had to do helped them discover the entire museum and exhibits therein.
- Dominguez Pueblo, Escalante Pueblo, Weave on a Pueblo-style loom
- Grind corn into meal with stone tools
- Touch real artifacts
- Explore replicas of an early pit-house and Pueblo household
- Behind the scenes curator tours
- Visitors Center
- Museum Shop
- Picnic Area
- Nearby Restaurants
|Typical native village with artifacts|
|Beautiful displays with very unique items in each case.|
|Hunter is searching for answers for his scavenger hunt page.|
|Beautiful cases with clear, concise descriptions of each item.|
|Wall of Pots|
|Hunter learning about pots and turquoise in the display case and pull out "touch me" drawers.|
|More of the museum|
|They had interactive stations for kids (and adults) to see the artifacts closer thru microscopes.|
|Cierra is reading up on how to weave...and gave up.|
|Dye chart of plants for each color obtained.|
|Hunter didn't give up and weaved into the loom on the wall! Good for you!|
|Case on bones that were used in sewing.|
|Anasazi past and present.|
|There was also a 3 station computer lab to learn about the culture!|
|Hunter is inspective the drawers.|
|And so did Cierra! I found it quite interesting to touch, hold and examine the items.|
|Case on the archaeological expeditions that have occurred in this area.|
|And, there was even a phone area to listen to a speaker on how arrowheads were made.|
|Hunter really was interested in a lot of the exhibits here.|
|Cierra was really intrigued by the microscopes. Both kids were very involved in this center.|
|Gustav Nordenskiӧld 1868-1895|
|This is the wall of history.|
|This is a photo of Virginia McClurg (r)in a 1917 pageant|
"The Marriage of the Dawn and the Moon"
at Mesa Verde's Spruce Tree House.
|Cierra even wants to stay to do a puzzle in the Visitor's Center.|
We took the kids over to a cute antique shop I saw while driving on the road, yesterday called "Antique Corral". This is a REALLY nice antique shop out on Hwy 160 about 2 miles south of Cortez, where everything is all under one ownership (instead of vendor stalls) and the shop is divided by type of items (i.e. kitchen, clothing, shoes, Indian, etc.) to make finding what you want easier. It was neat, tidy and a whole lot of fun! Hunter bought a coyote tail and Cierra bought a nightstand for her bedroom. They were both tickled with their purchases.