Pioneer Museum

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Spring-Summer 2019 Programs

Spring-Summer 2019 Programs

Check out the full list of programs at the Pioneer Museum in Flagstaff.

Featured Exhibits

A Camera And A Canyon: The Photography of The Kolb Brothers

A Camera And A Canyon: The Photography of The Kolb Brothers

Fans of Grand Canyon are familiar with the extreme adventure photography of Emery and Ellsworth Kolb. The Kolbs created a lucrative business making movies and taking pictures of tourists along the trail beginning in 1903. From the brothers’ studio perched at the edge of the canyon, Emery publicly showed historic video footage of the Kolbs shooting Colorado River rapids. In celebration of the Grand Canyon National Park Centennial, the Arizona Historical Society proudly presents A Camera and a Canyon: The Photography of the Kolb Brothers to showcase our collection of unique personal artifacts and prints. On exhibit at Pioneer Museum through mid-August 2019.

Flagstaff Lunar Legacy

Flagstaff Lunar Legacy

Explore the history of Northern Arizona and Lunar Exploration at the Pioneer Museum. 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the moon landing. Discover Flagstaff's connections to this historic event!

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.


Pioneer School Group Visits:

The Pioneer Museum offers guided tours, hands-on activities and historic demonstrations for students in 1st-12th grade. (Scheduling for demonstrations is dependent on the demonstrator’s availability.)

Activities take about 45 minutes per group of 10-15 students. Most teachers choose 2-3 activities at most. A typical field trip lasts an hour and a half and consists of a tour and another activity/demonstration, OR two activities/demonstrations.


Hands-on activities are $3 per student; tours and demonstrations are $2/student. Chaperones are admitted free at a ratio of one adult per five children; additional chaperones are $6 apiece.

Group Activities:
Tours and Scavenger Hunts of the museum and grounds ($2/student)

Hands-on Activities ($3/student):

  • Candle dipping
  • Rope making
  • Butter churning

Demonstrations led by professional artisans ($2/student):

  • Blacksmithing
  • Spinning and Weaving

For more information, see our detailed Activity Guide.

To schedule a field trip, please fill out the form below or call 928-774-6272.

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Facility Rental Program at Pioneer Museum in Flagstaff

On a forested terrace overlooking Fort Valley Road, the Pioneer Museum property offers a rustic, down-home backdrop for your special event. Whether you are looking for a country barn setting or an outdoor experience among the ponderosa pine trees and homestead-era cabins, the museum, built in 1908 as the Coconino County Hospital for the Indigent, and its 3-acre grounds provide an intimate, country feel to any life celebration. The Pioneer Museum is perfect for small gatherings of up to 60 people.

Visit our Facility Rentals Guide for more details.

The Fort Valley Mercantile offers the perfect gift or souvenir. Step into the past with old-time toys or stay contemporary with a remembrance of one of our current exhibits. We offer something for every age group and interest. Heck, we’ll even sell you a beer or glass of wine!


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.
Arizona Historical Society