Museum sights in South Rim
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Near the East Entrance, 22 miles east of the Village, you'll come across what's left of the nearly 900-year-old Ancestral Puebloan settlement of Tusayan. Only partially excavated to minimize erosion damage, it's less impressive than other such ruins in the Southwest but still interesting and worth a look. A small musuem displays pottery, jewelry and 4000-year-old twig animal figurines.
Views don't get much better than those unfolding behind the plate-glass windows of this little stone building at Yavapai Point, where handy panels identify and explain the various formations before you. Another reason to swing by is the superb geology display that'll deepen your understanding of the canyon's multilayered geological palimpsest. From here, check out the new Trail of Time exhibit just west of the Rim Trail. This interpretative display traces the history of the canyon's formation, and every meter equals one million years of geologic history.