Museum of Northern Arizona – Flagstaff

Our other Arizona daughter, Heidi Jo, and her fiancé, Will, drove up from the Phoenix area to Flagstaff to visit with us.

They encountered rain, fairly heavy rain, on the trip north. The plan was to take a 40 mile drive east of Flagstaff to see the Meteor Crater and do some fun stuff with these two.

After Heidi Jo found out that it is a museum of sorts and she would not, actually, get to walk through the crater the light left her eyes. I asked if she liked museums and her response was “Pottery. If it has something to do with pottery then I’m in.”.

Having my trusty iPhone I did a map search for pottery around Flagstaff. It came up with Museum of Northern Arizona. I called and found we had 1-1/2 hours to see the place before closing time so we left the hotel and headed to the museum.



Heidi Jo and Will spent most of the day with us and it was marvelous.


Honestly I think Heidi Jo and I were the only two who enjoyed the museums offerings. Joe and Will, being the wonderful men they are, left us girls to wonder around leisurely looking at the exhibits while our guys did their best to entertain themselves.

This is a small museum, by big town standards. It is small compared to the Denver Museum of Natural History yet it is large enough to house a fantastic array of Native American artifacts.

Pottery with the different styles of the native people.


Baskets made by the native people.



The native people had hair stylists too.



The homes of native peoples had their stores of corn, a staple of their diet.




Foot wear of the early people are displayed in an array of woven plant fiber to animal hide.




Woven rugs are a feature of the museum. This month the theme is “Storms”.


Jewelry items have a section of their own. Polished stones, turquoise, coral, and silver are prominent features of native people’s jewelry.












Kachina Dolls are spiritual pieces that depict the different faces of their Natural world and the Creator, or “Great Spirit”.



What exhibit would be complete without the dinosaurs that once roamed this region. I asked Will to pretend he was scared because I found him in front of this dinosaur. This is his “Scared” posture.





The Museum of Northern Arizona is a great place to spend a few hours getting lost in our past and learning about the people that have called the Arizona desert “Home” for hundreds of years.

We only had a little less than 1-1/2 hours to meander through but the time with my daughter was priceless.

After dinner at the Beaver Street Brewery and back to our hotel during a deluge of rain that lasted a few hours we chatted and laughed the time away until the rain stopped for them to return to the Phoenix area to await the next time we will be through.

Joe and I will be here in Flagstaff over the weekend with our trucks still in the shop. Maybe it will be Tuesday before we can leave for Oakland, then maybe it will be Wednesday.

I, for one, have had an amazing time here in Flagstaff with visits from my daughters whom I dearly love.

Later today, it is already after 2:00 am my time, I will continue to do a chronological report on all three of these trucks and the myriad problems they have had. Especially my “Problem Child” that has given us the most grief.

Have a fantastic weekend everyone.



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I am an over the road truck driver in Drive-Away Transport part of the year, and the sole bookkeeper of this operation the other part of the year. I do a lot of whining until I can get in my craft room and play with paper and glue. View all posts by Message In A Fold

6 responses to “Museum of Northern Arizona – Flagstaff

  • pati

    Musems, yep, I love um. So much to see and do, and read and see. Have fun and enjoy yourselvees. Love you sis.

    • Message In A Fold

      Remember when our father took us to Denver and that massive Museum of Natural History?

      All the dioramas depicting the landscape each of the animals lived in. Also the vignettes showing how the early people lived in their homes made of tree branches, mud, or in caves?

      I think that early exposure is why we enjoy the museums today.

      How is Les doing in his City Supervisor job? Is he having fun being “Boss”? Bet he is 😀

      Love you Sis

  • gardenpinks

    I love museums! It has been a few years since I was last in one but what a great way to see all the artefacts of our predecessors and to marvel how they made such intricate and beautiful items with basic tools but a whole world of ingenuity and creativity. The pottery, blankets/rugs and jewellery you saw is so exquisite. Isn’t it strange that the American natives were massacred and treated terribly by the white man and now we have to visit museums to see all the wondrous things they made and learn about their lives – so much culture was wiped out. It happened here too when the tribes of the Iceni were wiped out or diluted by the Roman invasions; all that remain are items of the most beautiful jewellery and we know very little else of our ancestors.
    Thanks for bringing us this treasure trove Leslie.
    Love and hugs
    Lynn xx

    • Message In A Fold

      I so agree with you. Much has been lost because of ignorance.

      I, for one, can’t wrap my brain around the things that were created and used so long ago AND without electricity.

      I love going through museums to see and be amazed by the genius of long ago.

      Girlfriend, you and I would have a fantastic time wandering through history via museums. 😀

      Someday we will just have to do it!

      Love you – Leslie

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