The Museum aims to instill understanding for indigenous cultures of the Southwest. Designed to resemble an Indian pueblo the Smoki Museum was built in 1935 with the mission to help save the heritage of early Southwest cultures. The museum highlights a split twig figure dating back nearly 3,000 years. Other exhibits feature items like weapons, pottery and kachina dolls as also collections of basketry and prehistoric items like jewelry and stone artifacts. The museum was designed to resemble a Hopi pueblo featuring pre-Columbian and contemporary Native American artifacts. Located 8 blocks east of Courthouse Square it contains artifacts like bowls, stone implements and beadwork as well as a collection of Hopi life paintings by Kate Cory.