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The Anasazi Heritage Center

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Address: 27501 Highway 184, Dolores, CO 81323-9217
Phone Number: +1 970-882-5600
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Southwest Colorado's premier archaeological museum, featuring the Ancestral...

Southwest Colorado's premier archaeological museum, featuring the Ancestral Puebloans (Anasazi) and other Native American cultures, including two archaeological sites and a research collection of over 3 million artifacts.

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Outstanding Collections, Great Film and Accessible Small Grounds

We were pressed for time to do Mesa Verde and were referred from Mesa Verde Visitor Center to this venue which is about 20 minutes away. This place has outstanding collections of... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 12 September 2016
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Afton, Minnesota
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Afton, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

We were pressed for time to do Mesa Verde and were referred from Mesa Verde Visitor Center to this venue which is about 20 minutes away. This place has outstanding collections of historic artifacts from the region. The exhibits are very informative and a short walk takes you to ancient ruins to observe along with a great vista to enjoy.... More 

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Charleston, Illinois, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016 via mobile

We had a most enjoyable visit. Displays were well arranged. They have a full scale mock up of an Anasazi Pit house circa 1000 AD. Highly recommend visiting this before going to Mesa Verde. Gives a good flavor for Anasazi culture.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2016

A beautiful National Park museum of the Southwest located outside the small town of Dolores, Colorado. Learn about the culture and artifacts of the early Ancestral Pueblo people with special exhibits throughout the year. If possible book a Thursday afternoon (free) guided tour of archives downstairs. Walk to the top of the Escalante pueblo to view Sleeping Ute Mountain as... More 

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Norman, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2016 via mobile

This center is really neat for two reasons. The center itself contains a video, many ancient Anasazi artifacts and a small pueblo ruin on the hill behind it. It is also the base of operations for the surrounding Canyon of the Ancients. I didn't know much about ancient Anasazi culture before visiting the museum, so this was really awesome!

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Telluride, Colorado
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2016

Great place for information about The Canyon of The Ancients. Wonderfully helpful staff. Museum. Book & gift store. A must for information about The Native American Ruins in the area!!

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Tappahannock, Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2016 via mobile

One of the best museum and interpretation centers in the four corner area that collects and researches finds from the Ancestral Pueblo people who live in the area from AD 0 through AD 1400. Wifi your way through the museum galleries and special exhibits, then check out the two movies that give you the grounding to understand the ruins scattered... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016 via mobile

Plan to visit this museum before you go to any Pueblo ruins, it just puts things in perspective. Cost is only $3pp, less for kids. Watch the films and take your time exploring the excellent exhibits. We enjoyed the stories of the early archaeologists who discovered many of the ruins in the area. There are some interactive things for kids... More 

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Boerne, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016

Beautiful with a wonderful trail that leads you to a beautiful view of the lake. Friendly and very knowledgeable staff. Great educational facility.

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Canon City, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016 via mobile

Our 3.5 hours at the Anasazi Heritage Center was beyond well done. Informative, excellent movies, well answered questions, exhibits were engaging! Loved the basket room!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016

I love best the video in the museum that let's you see population changes over time. The pit house display is fabulous--especially if you are not able to get to one in Mesa Verde. The changing displays have been great--mountain lions last year, basketry this year. The gift shop has a good but not expansive selection, which I like--no pressure... More 

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