Pioneer Museum

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Night at the Museum

Second Friday of the month
6:30-8:30 p.m.

Join us the second Friday of every month for a special evening lecture.

December 14, 2018 - The Natural History of the San Francisco Peaks

Event is free of charge.
Beer and wine available for purchase.

Featured Exhibits

Todos Unidos: The Hispanic Experience in Flagstaff

Todos Unidos: The Hispanic Experience in Flagstaff

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.


Pioneer School Group Visits:

Our education program offers historic activities and guided tours for school groups from 1st-12th grades. Hands-on activities engage children at all levels, teaching them how much different the world was when pioneers had to make their own tools and household items. Our blacksmith demonstrates how to shape an “S” hook or a nail from a piece of scrap metal. Students dip candles (which they can take home) to learn what life was like before electricity, and twist sisal into a jump rope that they can take back to their classroom. These activities and demonstrations, connecting history to modern life, make for a meaningful and engaging visit. Contact the Museum Education Curator to build a visit focused on what your students are studying in the classroom.


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
  • Mountain Man
  • Soap Making


For more information, see our detailed Activity Guide.

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.


Front Desk (928) 774-6272 [email protected]
Hough, Jill Museum Operations Specialist (928) 774-6272 [email protected]
Meehan, Joe Museum Curator (928) 779-7536 [email protected]
Peterson, Bill Director, Northern Arizona (928) 779-7539 [email protected]

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