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Limited reopening

Advance tickets required, no walk-ins

After more than three months of closure, the Museum of Northern Arizona has begun welcoming a limited number of visitors back into the exhibit building.

In this phase, all museum visitors need to purchase tickets and reserve their visit time in advance online. Pre-booking tickets allows the museum to limit and spread out the number of visitors in the building at any time. Up to 10 people will be permitted to enter the museum each half hour.

The museum will be open from 10 am to 4 pm Thursday through Monday, with the last booking time at 2 pm.

For non-members, admission tickets will be $12, with no discounts or refunds. Members also must reserve a visit time online, but won’t need to pay anything additional for their ticket. However, guest passes will not be accepted. Children ages 9 and under will be free, but also must reserve a ticket and be counted as part of the 10 person limit.

The museum has made a number of changes to enhance the safety of visitors, following recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control. Our reopening plan has been approved by the Coconino County Health and Human Services Department.

  • Museum visitors and staff are required to wear a mask while inside the exhibits building. Visitors who don’t bring a mask will be able to purchase one at the front desk.
  • Visitors are also encouraged to bring a water bottle, since the museum drinking fountains are shut down, following the recommendations of the Center for Disease Control.
  • Visitors will be offered individual styluses to use when interacting with touch screens or pushing buttons that are part of museum displays.
  • Individual activity packets are available for children, replacing the activity tables.
  • Hand-sanitizer stations have been placed at strategic locations, including in the lobby and by the kids Discovery Area.
  • A one-way route has been identified to keep people moving through the museum with appropriate spacing between groups.

During closure the museum was deep cleaned from the rafters to the floors. Frequent cleaning continues with the partial reopening.

The museum shop will be open as well, and is always open online at shopmusnaz.org

The museum also continues to provide programs online, including artist demonstrations, garden talks, education for kids, and more. See below, sign up for Enews, or follow us on Facebook to find out about upcoming online programs.

We know many people are being hit badly by Coronavirus and its impact on the economy, at a time when we need your support more than ever. If you are able to support MNA directly during this challenging period, please consider a one-time or recurring donation. The Museum of Northern Arizona is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and all donations are tax-deductible. Your gift means more now than ever before.

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Virtual Tour: What to expect when you visit the museum
We've taken advantage of the shut down to make improvements to the exhibits building, from cleaning the rafters to replacing worn carpet and bringing the gift shop and bookstore together in a single space. Join Membership Manager Nic Beckett for a virtual tour of the renewed museum and learn how we are preparing for a safe reopening.

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The Force Is With Our People
Extended through August 2
The award-winning and popular exhibition of indigenous art inspired by the Star Wars saga is open during all regular museum hours and will stay up through summer to give more people an opportunity to see it. While the museum exhibits are closed, you can watch videos about the exhibition online and try activities at home:
Junior Jedi activities
Viola Awards video about the exhibition
The making of HOPI-R2
Activities to do at home

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Liberating Landscape
Through August 9

Inspired and empowered by the dramatic landscapes of the American Southwest, women took the lead in developing the arts of the region from 1900 to 1940. Come see the pottery, photographs, paintings, and drawings of six women artists and learn about their remarkable lives: Nampeyo, Kate Cory, Mary-Russell Ferrell Colton, Nora Lucy Mowbray Cundell, Harriet Morton Holmes, and Lillian Wilhelm Smith.

For National Poetry Month students from NAU wrote poems inspired by art in the Liberating Landscape exhibition. Since we can't hold a poetry reading, we're making the poems available as a downloadable chapbook

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Family Friday at MNA
Watch live at 2:30 pm on Fridays

Especially for families staying home with kids, MNA will stream an educational program live each Friday.
July 10 - Rock walk downtown with Wayne Ranney. Flagstaff Geology bingo
July 17 - Bugging out
July 24 - Aquatic animals
July 31 - Dinosaur bones
August 7 - Looking at cells
August 14 - Where does water go?
August 21 - Dirt movers
August 28 - Color
If you miss the livestream, the videos remain on Facebook and the instructions from past weeks are below.
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Virtual Behind-the-Scenes Archives Tour
Follow on Facebook as MNA Archivist Melissa Lawton shares original and unique materials such as letters and photographs. Learn more about how the history of MNA and research on the Colorado Plateau is preserved in the Museum's archives and hear how archives inform ongoing research.

MNA Babbitt Collection, Walnut black on white bowl, AD 1200'sThis bowl has a design that resembles cotton textiles.

Virtual Behind-the-Scenes Ethnology Tour
You don't need to leave your home to take this virtual tour of the Ethnology Collections in the Easton Collection Center. Just watch on Facebook as Anthropology Collections Manager Tony Thibodeau guides us through MNA’s extensive holdings of Zuni, Hopi and Navajo textiles, jewelry, pottery, baskets, etc. Hear how tribes access these holdings, the importance of stories, and how the collections are stored and cared for.

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Virtual STEAM Second Saturday: Forest Fitness
Learn about forest ecosystems and how they respond to fire with environmental educator Lorie Cavalli in this video, one of several videos of past STEAM Second Saturdays. Beforehand, enjoy this story, where Ponderosa Pete takes us through a journey of past and present forest health. Here is a Hiking guide to Hart Prairie and a Web Of Life Card activity for kids, plus resources on Forest Restoration and Restoring Native Plants And Landscapes for adults.

Video of May STEAM Second Saturday on Dragonflies and Damselflies
Dragonfly activities

Video of April STEAM Second Saturday on Arthropods
Bug Scavenger Hunt
How to use iNaturalist

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Try yoga from the museum
Enjoy a yoga class combined with a virtual visit to the Museum of Northern Arizona. For International Museum Day, yoga teacher Erin Widman from The Yoga Experience streamed two yoga classes live from the "Liberating Landscape" exhibition at MNA. The beginners class was recorded and is available here to enjoy at home.

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Drawing the land: An art workshop with Alan Petersen

The landscape of Northern Arizona has inspired artists for more than 100 years. Now it’s your turn. Museum of Northern Arizona Fine Art Curator Alan Petersen presented a brief lesson in landscape sketching to inspire you to go outside and draw. Watch the video here.

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Junior Paleontologist program

Kids who love dinosaurs can now become Junior Paleontologists. Dr. Dave Gillette has created a series of fun, dinosaur-related activities. By participating in any of these activities, kids (of all ages) will qualify to become Junior Paleontologists. The activities are posted here as a downloadable journal. The same prompts were also in the Junior Paleontology group on the MNA Facebook page.
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Online Storytime

Kids can watch MNA staff read children's stories from our bookstore, plus one special story written about the museum.

The End of the Day at MNA (printable version)
The End of the Day at MNA (video)
The Butterfly Dance
Don't Call Me Pig
The Goat in the Rug
Big Horns Don't Honk
La Catrina: Emotions/Emociones

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 MNA Land Conservation
Learn more about efforts to set aside 90 acres of MNA land through permanent conservation easements. So far donors have been found to support the preservation of 36 acres, and the board members are actively seeking more conservation-minded donors for the remaining 54 acres. A public meeting was held on February 16 and broadcast live on Facebook, where the video can still be seen.

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Announcing the 14th annual Gala
August 29

This festive event is an important fundraiser for the museum. We are currently rethinking how the Gala will take place this year. Gala tickets are limited and may be purchased online or by contacting development@musnaz.org or calling the Development Office at 928.774.5211, ext. 227.