The Pimeria Alta Historical Society Museum building was built in 1914. Since then it has had several purposes such as a police department, fire department and city hall. Today it houses the history of southern Arizona and includes the northern part of the Mexican state of Sonora. The museum begins with the Hohokam Indians, who began living in the area long ago and ends with the modern border city as it is today.
Visitors will see a variety of items from the building’s past. A horse-drawn water pumper and an old jail cell are just some of things that you come across during your visit. Indian artifacts and early settler’s tools and household items are shown to recount the area’s history. One interesting exhibit is the photo display of historic Nogales from the 1800s.
The Pimeria Alta Historical Society Museum is open Friday through Sunday. The hours for each day changes:, Friday 10:00 to 5:00 pm, Saturday 10:00 to 4:00 pm and Sunday 1:00 to 4:00 pm. The research library has its own hours and days. The library is open Monday through Sunday. The hours also vary depending on the day: Monday through Friday 9:00 to 5:00 pm, Saturday 10:00 to 4:00 pm and Sunday 1:00 to 4:00 pm. The admission charge to the museum is free.
The Pimeria Alta Historical Society Museum is located at the old city hall building, at 136 North Grand Avenue. You will find the museum at the corner of Grand Avenue and Crawford Street. It is approximately one-fourth of a mile from the border. I would recommend giving the museum a call before you visit to double-check on the days and times, the number is 520-287-4621.