Navajo Shadehouse Museum
- Date Visited: May 2021
- Address: US-160, Kayenta, AZ 86033
- GPS: 36.7077, -110.25312
- Phone: (928) 697-3170
- Hours: 24/7
- Price: Free
The Navajo Shadehouse Museum is a small open-air Navajo Nation museum located off US 160 in Kayenta, Arizona. It is nestled between the Holiday Inn and Burger King. We happened to be at the Burger King checking out their Navajo Code Talkers Exhibit when we noticed the Shadehouse Museum next door.
The museum features a building designed to resemble an authentic Navajo shadehouse. There are also examples of several types of hogans, a sweathouse and even a sheep corral on the premises. Informational signs are located by each dwelling giving explanations of each buildings use and building techniques.
There are additional informational signs and also some fantastic murals on the grounds depicting and further explaining the beliefs and traditions of the Navajo Indians.
Now I could barely find any information on this place at all while trying to write this post, but one yelp review said there was a building here that housed one of the largest collections of Navajo Code Talker memorabilia in the world. They even had pictures! We didn’t see anything like that though and that review was from 2010 so maybe it’s no longer there.
If you happen to be in Kayenta why not stop and check out the museum. It’s free to see and won’t take but fifteen minutes. It’s all outside so it’s the perfect opportunity to take a break on your long drive where you can stretch your legs and get some fresh air too.
The Navajo Code Talkers Exhibit in the Burger King next door is pretty cool too and doesn’t take long to check out. Plus doesn’t fries and a whopper sound good?
If anyone has any other information on this museum let me know. I thought it was a cool little stop and I just wish I could find out more about it.
Mainly, does that building full of Navajo Code Talker memorabilia still exist?
Because that’s something I would love to check out!