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. 

Winter Hours
Monday – Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.;
Closed on Sundays and most state holidays between September and May.
Summer Hours
(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.

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. 
Current Exhibit
The Road to Yesterday
Membership_Pioneer Museum The Road To Yesterday Exhibit_Graphic2Few images in American culture inspire writers, songwriters, movie makers, and artists quite like the open road.  Few of those open roads can compete with Route 66 as the quintessential American Highway – the Mother Road. People from around the world all had many reasons for traveling this iconic highway.  As you might imagine, all have experienced the road differently.  Join us as we look back to Arizona’s yesterdays along Route 66 exploring, searching for, and uncovering the stories of its travelers. 


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 Festival.   June 4 – 5, 2016, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. both days.
A two-day festival celebrating fiber arts.  The festival features workshops, demonstrations, a fiber arts competition and sheering demonstrations. This event — including admission to the Pioneer Museum — is free and open to the public.

The Flagstaff Folk Festival.   June 18 – 19, 2016, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. both days.
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. Daily Cost is $5.00/person or $15.00/family.


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