THE SHARLOT HALL MUSEUM
415 W. Gurley Street
The Sharlot Hall Museum is the crown jewel of history museums in Arizona. The Museum is built around the site of the first Territorial Governor’s Mansion, which anchors nine historic buildings on a four-acre campus. An extensive collection of pioneer and Native American artifacts dating from Arizona’s territorial days brings the past to life for visitors, as do annual heritage festivals. A variety of related programs are offered throughout the year including signature living history presentations. The Sharlot Hall Museum is an affiliate museum of the Smithsonian Institution.
Summer Hours: (May-September) Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sunday, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.;
Winter Hours: (October-April) Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Sunday, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Admission: Adults - $5; Children (17 and under) and Museum members - Free
THE PHIPPEN MUSEUM OF WESTERN ART
4701 Highway 89 N.
The Phippen Museum is named after local artist and first president of the Cowboy Artists of America, George Phippen. It presents museum quality Western art exhibits, educational opportunities and unique art events for visitors of all ages. A recent expansion project at the museum has seen the addition of 6,000 square feet of gallery space, with another 4,000 square feet for a research library and multipurpose classroom. The new gallery space is home to the Kemper & Ethel Marley Western Art Gallery and includes a western heritage gallery featuring artifacts, photos, artwork, a working chuck wagon and the Arizona Rancher and Cowboy Hall of Fame. The museum is also especially proud to be the new home of the Prescott Area Art Trust’s Solon H. Borglum collection, a special exhibit featuring 17 of his bronze sculptures, paintings, furniture and other extraordinary objects from his life. In addition to several outstanding permanent displays, the museum presents continuous rotating exhibits throughout the year.
Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Sunday 1 - 4 p.m.; closed Monday.
Admission: Adults - $7; Seniors & AAA $6; Students with ID- $5; under 12 & members - Free
SMOKI MUSEUM OF AMERICAN INDIAN ART & CULTURE
147 N. Arizona Street
Learn about the early history of regional Native American tribes at the Smoki Museum of American Indian Art & Culture. Unique artifacts, ranging from pottery and jewelry to clothing and ornaments, are housed within the museum, as is an art collection composed of paintings, drawings and photographs and a substantial library. Events span the calendar year, and there are plenty of chances to take advantage of the museum’s educational programs.
Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Sunday 1 - 4 p.m.; closed Monday
Admission: Adults - $5; Seniors - $4; Students - $3; under 12 - Free
FORT WHIPPLE MUSEUM
Building 11-Veterans Administration Complex
500 N. Highway 89
Located within a structure that originally stood as the officer's quarters circa 1905, the Fort Whipple Museum gives visitors a glimpse of the military and medical history of the Arizona territory between 1864 and 1924. Fort Whipple Museum features entertaining and educational Living History Presentations on the third Saturday of each month from January through November.
Hours: Thursday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Admission: Free
Other attractions not to be missed while in the Prescott community include:
HERITAGE PARK ZOOLOGICAL SANCTUARY
1403 Heritage Park Road
Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary is a non-profit wildlife sanctuary, dedicated to the conservation and protection of native and exotic animals. Located in scenic Prescott, the sanctuary provides a source of recreation, education and entertainment for all ages. With the mission of "Conservation through Education," Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary provides a unique and up-close experience with animals visitors may see nowhere else. Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization funded by the community and visitors.
Summer Hours: Every day, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Winter Hours: Every day, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Admission: Adults - $8; 3-12 - $5; under 3 - Free
HIGHLANDS CENTER FOR NATURAL HISTORY
1375 S. Walker Road
The Highlands Center for Natural History is located on its new 80-acre Lynx Creek site, which is home to the LEED certified James Learning Center, the Kiwanis Amphitheatre and three miles of hiking trails, with one 3/4-mile loop that is handicap accessible. For more than three decades, the environmental education organization has been a top resource for outdoor science education. Year-round programming for youth and families is available, including hands-on field studies, lectures, workshops, summer day camps and more.
Summer Hours: (April-September) 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. Winter Hours: (October-March) 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. Admission: Free
Whiskey Row is Prescott’s—not to mention one of Arizona’s—most famous streets. In its heyday, Whiskey Row was lined with saloons that welcomed many well-known cowboys and outlaws on a regular basis. In 1900, the entire block—along with three-quarters of the town—was destroyed by fire. But within days, new structures began to rise, most of fire-proof brick, and many of those buildings are still standing. Today, Whiskey Row is the ideal place for unique shopping, dining and plenty of entertainment.
A drive through wildlife adventure at the gateway to the Grand Canyon in historic Williams. Experience animal wildlife the way it was meant to be, in a natural environment, all from the comfort and safety of your own vehicle. Your family will enjoy our wide variety of wildlife from majestic bison & nimble big horn sheep to stealthy bobcats and adorable bear cubs. The park also hosts Fort Bearizona walk through area which features baby & smaller animals on exhibit a well as a snack shack & gift shop.
GRAND CANYON RAILWAY, WILLIAMS
Journey to Grand Canyon National Park aboard Grand Canyon Railway and take a trip not only to America's most recognized spectacle, but a trip back in time. The Grand Canyon train has been serving Grand Canyon National Park since 1901 and continues to do so proudly.
OUT OF AFRICA WILDLIFE PARK, CAMP VERDE
Arizona's only wildlife theme park is only 90 minutes north of Phoenix and 25 minutes south of Sedona in Camp Verde, Arizona. The park is open year-round, seven days a week, 9:30AM - 5:00PM. One admission includes all tours and shows except the "Behind The Scenes" tour which requires reservations.