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Pioneer Museum (Flagstaff)

Pioneer Museum (Flagstaff)

2340 N. Fort Valley Road, Flagstaff, AZ 86001

The Pioneer Museum in Flagstaff is located in the historic Coconino County Hospital for the Indigent. The Hospital was built in 1908 using pumiceous dacite from an explosive eruption of Mount Elden about 500,000 years ago. The building was used as a hospital until 1938.  The land surrounding the hospital was previously the county “Poor Farm.”
The exhibits within the museum reflect the history of Flagstaff and Northern Arizona. Visitors will learn of the local history of ranching, logging, transportation and life in pioneer Flagstaff. 

Open Days/Hours May 1, 2018 through May 26, 2018
Monday – Saturday: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Closed on Sundays.

Open Days/Hours May 27, 2018 through September 3, 2018
(Memorial Day weekend – Labor Day weekend)
Monday – Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Open Days/Hours September 4, 2018 through October 31, 2018
Monday – Saturday: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Closed on Sundays and most state holidays.

Open Days/Hours November 1, 2018 through April 30, 2019
Monday – Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Closed on Sundays and holidays.

General Admission:
Adults: $6.00
Ages 65+: $5.00

Adult Students with I.D.: $5.00
Ages 7 – 17: $3.00
Ages 6 and under: Free
AHS Members: Free
Two-for-one admission the first Tuesday of each month. 
The Pioneer Museum is pleased to make its amenities available for your special event.
Click here
for Facility Rental details.
 Night at the Museum
Join us the second Friday of every month for a special evening lecture.  Past topics have included:  Prohibition in Flagstaff, 100 Ways to Die in Flagstaff, the Arizona Rough Riders, winter holiday stories, and exploring the Beale Wagon Road.  Check our website calendar, or the Facebook pages of AHS or the Northern Arizona Pioneers Historical Society for monthly topics. 


The Arizona Historical Society and the Pioneer Museum are pleased to tell you about our newest exhibit, Todos Unidos: The Hispanic Experience in Flagstaff.  This exhibit focuses on how Hispanic residents experienced Flagstaff from the 1880s to 1950s. Todos Unidos is an opportunity to explore a wide range of complex historical issues interpreted through unique objects and immersive text.  The exhibit presents the connection between past and current topics facing our community.
Debuting with Todos Unidos is Cuseum – a new way of interacting with visitors. Cuseum is a digital curator mobile device application adding depth and experience for visitors to enjoy with the exhibit. Cuseum is a free downloadable smart phone app that will assist visitors in the exploration of Flagstaff’s communities. By providing access to exclusive exhibit media content and location based notifications, visitors can continue their museum experience long after they leave Pioneer Museum. To download the Cuseum app for Todos Unidos, click here. 
 Permanent Exhibits
The Hospital: Inside what was once the hospital’s operating and recovering rooms, you will find information about how the indigent were cared for at the Poor Farm from 1908 until the 1930s.
Decade Rooms: Beginning in the 1880’s, when Flagstaff was founded, and ending in the 1960’s, when astronauts trained for their trip to the moon in town, our timeline of Flagstaff’s history stretches across the whole second floor of the museum.  Peer into each room to see artifacts from each decade and read about the rich history of our mountain town. 
The Grounds:  Visitors are introduced to the Pioneer Museum by two impressive artifacts: a 1929 Baldwin articulated locomotive used in logging operations with tender and log car and a Santa Fe RR caboose dating from the 1940’s.  Visitors can enter the caboose and view an exhibit on the train personnel who would have lived in it when it was riding the rails.  The historic 1908 Doney Cabin was relocated to Pioneer Museum from east of Flagstaff.  Visitors can explore the one-room cabin and learn about Ben Doney, the colorful local character who built it.  The grounds also house our heirloom garden, a 1915 Model T, many pieces of farm equipment, a chuck wagon, and a La France fire engine that saved Riordan Mansion from a devastating fire in 1921.
 Annual Festivals

The Flag Wool and Fiber FestivalA two-day June festival celebrating fiber arts.  The festival features workshops, demonstrations, a fiber arts competition and sheering demonstrations.

The Flagstaff Folk Festival.   This June festival showcases the best in folk and acoustic music in Arizona and beyond. Featuring well over 100 acts on five stages, workshops, jams, and more. Festival admission includes access to both the Coconino Center for the Arts exhibits and the Arizona Historical Society Pioneer Museum.

Learn more about the Arizona Historical Society in Flagstaff by reading the 2017 AHS Northern Division Summary.

 School Field Trip Menu

The Pioneer Museum and Riordan Mansion State Historic Park are supported in part by a grant from the City of Flagstaff and the Flagstaff Arts Council.


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