The John Wesley Powell Museum has exhibits revealing the history of Lake Powell. The museum showcases Major John Wesley Powell, an early river explorer. In 1869, Major Powell began his journey by following the Green River and the Colorado River. His two expeditions to this area, along with his desire to record the trips are evidence of his love of the land and river. Powell was later honored when the Lake Powell was named after him. The museum has mementos and portraits of the Major, along with a replica of Powell’s original boat.
Visitors will see artifacts of early Native Americans. There is a collection of Anasazi cooking vessels, Navajo stone axes and Navajo and Pima baskets. The museum also focuses on geology. The rock collection includes samples of petrified wood and fluorescent minerals.
The John Wesley Powell Museum is very helpful to visitors planning tours of Lake Powell and the surrounding area. This is a terrific service and makes the museum an important spot to stop when visiting Page. There are informational videos playing in the museum throughout the day.
The John Wesley Powell Museum is open every day from 8:00 to 6:00, during May through October and Monday through Saturday 9:00 to 5:00, during the rest of the year. However, the museum is closed December 16 through February 16. There is no admission charge, but a donation is greatly appreciated. If you would like more information, you may call 520-645-9496.
The museum is located in downtown Page on the corner of Lake Powell Boulevard and north Navajo Drive. You can get there from Tucson or Phoenix by taking Interstate 17 north out of town to Flagstaff. Once you are in Flagstaff take U.S. Highway 89 north to Page. Page is approximately 395 miles from Tucson, about 277 miles from Phoenix and 136 miles from Flagstaff.