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Museum Exhibits

Lawler Exhibit Center

Completed in 1979, the John & Helen Lawler Exhibit Center is the hub around which many of the Museum activities revolve. The Lawler building contains an orientation video for visitors, an exhibit wing on the Prehistory of Arizona, an exhibit that introduces the museum founder Sharlot Hall, and two changing exhibit spaces. In the lobby you will find an engaging exhibit about the founder of the Museum, Sharlot Mabridth Hall, as well as the Cabinet of Curiosities.

Prehistory of the Central Highlands

The East Wing of the Lawler Exhibit Center features five distinct exhibits that trace the Central Highlands. The exhibits range from the time of the “Beasts” through the migration of “Earliest Americans” and the indigenous peoples of the region, including the wonder of the “Hilltop Sites” and “Coalescence” of cultures before the arrival of European-descent and American settlers.

Sharlot M. Hall Exhibits

In the lobby of the Lawler Exhibit Center, visitors are introduced to the Museum’s founder, Sharlot Mabridth Hall, through an exhibit on her life and legacy. In the nearby theater room, an orientation video gives a short history of Arizona’s Central Highlands, the City of Prescott, and the Sharlot Hall Museum. For more detail on Sharlot Hall’s life, click here.

Changing Exhibit Spaces

Two changing exhibit spaces in the Lawler Exhibit Center, the Museum Center Gallery and West Gallery, are home to the Museum’s temporary exhibitions. For more information on our current changing exhibits, visit our Exhibits page.

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Prehistory of the Central Highlands

East Wing of the Lawler Exhibit Center features five distinct exhibits that trace the Central Highlands from the time of the “Beasts” through the migration of “Earliest Americans” and the indigenous peoples of the region, including the wonder of the “Hilltop Sites” and “Coalescence” of cultures before the arrival of European-descent and American settlers.

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Other Exhibits

Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office

The “YCSO-150 years of Law ‘n’ Order” exhibit detailed the colorful history of the Yavapai County Sheriff Department and included an extensive gallery of artifacts and memorabilia related to the department.

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Transportation Building Exhibits

From bicycles to surreys, from freight wagon and stagecoach to classic 1917 Ford Model-T farm truck and Sharlot’s own Durant Star car, the Transportation Building hosts the Museum rolling stock.

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Sharlot Hall Building Exhibits

The historic Sharlot Hall Building hosts two permanent exhibits: “The Baskets Keep Talking” and “Territorial Prescott.” These exhibits present a history of the Yavapai people and a window into the early culture and economy of Prescott.

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