Pioneer Museum (Flagstaff)

Pioneer Museum (Flagstaff)


2340 N. Fort Valley Road Flagstff, 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 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 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. 
 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 the AHS and Northern Arizona Pioneers Historical Society Facebook pages for monthly topics. 
Current Exhibit
Playthings of the Past
Play is an important part of our childhood.  It is through play that we learn to interact with other people, we develop our learning how to to use toys to make up stories and use the things we find in the world around us to develop our imaginations. 
Our present exhibit, Playthings of the Past, contains a number of historic toys from the past 100 years to the present.  If you see a toy that you played with and do not think is antique, think of your child or grandchild and look at it from their perspective.  We hope that this exhibit will help you recall fond memories. 
Playthings of the Past exhibit announcement Reduced size
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 in the been when the nurse lived in the hospital in the 1920’s and 30’s. 
Decade Rooms: Beginning in the 1880’s, when Flagstaff was founded, and ending in the 19960’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!

Upcoming Exhibits

Get your kicks at our Route 66 exhibit!  We’re celebrating the 90th anniversary of the famous road that traverses Northern Arizona.  Scheduled installation of this exhibit will begin February 15, 2016.

Annual Festivals

The Flagstaff Woof and Fiber Festival – June 4th and 5th 2016 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 pm.

A two-day festival celebrating fiber arts!  The festival features workshops, demonstrations, a fiber arts competition and sheering demonstrations

School Field Trip Menu