The Sharlot Hall Museum opened in 1927. The museum was created by Sharlot M. Hall. She was a poet and one time state historian, who had a strong love for recounting the past. Her collections and artifacts can be seen inside the museum.
The museum sits on three acres with the main building being the 1864 Governor’s Mansion. The Governor’s Mansion was created for John N. Goodwin, who was Arizona’s first governor. The mansion has furnishings that represent the period. Visitors will also see historic buildings built between 1864 and 1937. Fort Misery is one of several period buildings. It was the first cabin built in Prescott. The John C. Fremont House was built in 1875. This house was used during the fifth territorial governor’s term. The William C. Bashford House was built in 1877. It shows the Victorian style of the times.
There are two halls that hold exhibits describing the history of Prescott and other historical events. The transportation hall has many forms of transportation. You will see horse-drawn vehicles, bicycles and cars. The Museum has a garden, amphitheater and a gift shop.
Admission t the museum is by donation only. The suggested donation is $4.00 for adults or $5.00 for a family. Children are free. The museum is open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 to 5:00 pm during the months of April through October. It is open Monday through Saturday from 1:00 to 5:00 during the rest of the year. It is closed New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas. It is located at 415 West Gurley Street, in downtown Prescott just two blocks west of the Courthouse Plaza on Gurley Street. You can get to Prescott from Prescott Valley by taking State Highway 69 west out of town. If you are interested, call 520-445-3122.
Sharlot Hall Museum is the perfect first stop to make when arriving in town. The museum gives you a look back in time to when Prescott first began and Arizona started to grow.