Things to see

Historic Buildings

Four acres. Eleven buildings. One story.

In 1928, a remarkable woman named Sharlot Hall saw the need to preserve Arizona’s cultural heritage. Today, her vision has grown into a lush campus of 11 exhibit buildings—eight of which are historic, with one included on the National Register of Historic Places. We invite you to explore these unique pieces of our collection.

Governor's Mansion

Crown jewel of the Museum grounds, the original Arizona Territorial Governor’s Mansion stands in the same place it was built in 1864.

Fremont House

Completed in 1875, the Fremont House was built with local milled lumber. It was moved to the Museum grounds and restored in 1971.

Bashford House

An early Prescott residence, the Bashford House now houses the Museum Store.

Sharlot Hall Building

This structure was built in 1936 as a project of the Civil Works Administration, and functions as the Museum’s main exhibit hall.

Transportation Building

The Transportation Building houses the Museum’s “rolling stock,” from a vintage stagecoach to Sharlot Hall’s own 1927 Durant Star Touring Car.

Fort Misery

Titled as such due to its original owner’s dismal cooking abilities, Fort Misery is thought to be the oldest surviving log cabin in Arizona.

Ranch House

The Ranch House was built in 1936 to allow visitors to experience what homes for early Arizona settlers would have been like.


A replica of Prescott’s first schoolhouse, this small cabin explores the nature of education for students in frontier Arizona.

Territorial Women's Memorial Rose Garden

Over 400 rose bushes honor Arizona’s pioneer women in a special garden. Read their biographies at the Rose Garden Discovery Kiosk in the Sharlot Hall Building or online at our Research Center website.

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