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.
Located 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.
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.
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