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The Canyons of the Ancients Visitor Center and Museum

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The Canyons of the Ancients Visitor Center and Museum is a museum of the Ancestral Pueblo (or Anasazi) culture and other Native cultures in the Four Corners region. It is also the visitor center for the Canyons of the Ancients National Monument. The museum displays the history and methods modern archaeologists use to reveal the past and preserve artifacts and records from excavations in the Four Corners area, one of the richest archaeological regions in the United States.

Many of the exhibits are hands-on and interactive. You can weave on a loom, grind corn meal on a metate, examine the past through microscopes, handle real artifacts, or feel the finger indentations on corrugated pottery.

Available services and facilities include a museum, gift shop and bookstore, theater, captioned audiovisuals, public restrooms, bus parking, and wheelchair accessibility and availability.

For more information, please call 970-882-5600, or visit our website at Entrance is free for Golden Pass and/or America the Beautiful Pass holders.

  • Open year-round (except for New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day)
  • ADA accessible trail to Escalante Pueblo
  • Museum is ADA accessible
  • No admission fee to Visitor Center
  • Admission fee to Museum is required
  • Tours of the museum collections and curation are every Thursday, May – October. Reservations required.
  • Plan to spend at least half a day at the Center
  • Enjoy panoramic views of Sleeping Ute Mountain from the Escalante site
  • Combine your visit with a trip to Lowry Pueblo
  • Inquire about special exhibits & events
  • Dominguez Pueblo
  • Escalante Pueblo
  • Weave on a Pueblo-style loom
  • Grind corn into meal with stone tools
  • Touch real artifacts
  • Explore replicas of an early pit-house and Pueblo household
  • Behind the scenes curation tours
  • Museum
  • Visitor Center
  • Museum shop
  • Picnic area
  • Restrooms
  • Water
  • Nearby restaurants

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