Museum of Northern Arizona this Winter

Museum of Northern Arizona exhibition building in winter snow
By Shawn San Roman

Photo: Museum of Northern Arizona, Exhibit Building main entrance, December 2008. MNA, Image ID: 013(2008)01_001.

The Museum of Northern Arizona has a lot of events during the winter months, from activities to exhibits. The Museum offers an opportunity to learn about the rich and diverse history of the Colorado Plateau, including art, geology, paleontology, ecology, and culture. But, it’s not just a museum! The campus includes over 200 acres with rental facilities, retail shops, research labs, collections facilities, open space, hiking trails, and views of the San Francisco Peaks. The Museum Shop was voted “Best of Flag 2017” by the readers of the Arizona Daily Sun as the best place to buy Native American jewelry. The Harold S. Colton Memorial Library offers 50,000 books, 28,000 pamphlets, maps, and reports, while the Museum of Northern Arizona Archives offers 300 manuscript collections and 200,000 images, as well as films, audio recordings, and institutional records to support research about the ethnology, geology, and ecology of the Colorado Plateau.


The Museum hosted “Winter Wreath Revelry,” November 24-December 10, and “Holiday Shop” sales throughout December.

Current exhibits are:

A New Form of Beauty: Glen Canyon beyond Climate Change
Through January 21, 2018.
In Glen Canyon, the waters rose behind Glen Canyon dam, inundating archaeological sites and petroglyphs and creating Lake Powell. Now, the Colorado River basin is experiencing the longest dry spell in modern history–one that shows alarming signs of becoming the new normal. In “A New Form of Beauty,” photographer Peter Goin and writer Peter Friederici tackle science from the viewpoint of art, creating a lyrical exploration in words and photographs, setting Glen Canyon and Lake Powell as the quintessential example of the challenges of perceiving place in a new era of radical change.

Out of the Vault: Treasures Old & New
Through January 21, 2018.
This exhibition features a variety of works of art, Native American craft work, and natural history specimens new to the Museum’s collections. Collecting art, ethnographic objects, and scientific specimens from dragon flies to dinosaur skeletons is an essential aspect of the Museum of Northern Arizona’s mission. New objects may arrive as gifts and bequests, and on occasion the Museum may purchase them outright.

Museum of Northern Arizona
3101 North Fort Valley Road
Flagstaff, AZ 86001
Phone: 928-774-5211 ext. 269
Fax: 928-779-1527
Library & Archives Link:
Museum Link:

Shawn San Roman is Archivist, Harold S. Colton Memorial Library & Museum of Northern Arizona Archives.

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