“SHM is an educational and cultural center which fosters public and community understanding and appreciation of historical, social, and natural aspects of Arizona, with the emphasis on the Central Highlands, and which promotes involvement in and support for research, collections, conservation, exhibits, and related programs.”
Sharlot Hall Museum
415 West Gurley St.
Visit SharlotHallMuseum.org for hours and admission.
Head west on Gurley St from Hotel St. Michael, cross a couple streets, walk 2 blocks and you’ll find yourself standing at the entrance to the Sharlot Hall Museum.
Sitting on 4 acres, the Sharlot Hall Museum has 11 buildings (6 are historic). Still standing where it was built is the Arizona Territorial Governor’s Mansion. Each building has artifacts or exhibits related to each respective building. If you're wondering what daily life was like in the frontier days, the museum has several Living History events throughout the year. Their events calendar has quite a bit to choose from for your visit to Prescott, AZ.
At the right time of year the flowers blooming and the full color of the rose garden are a sight to see.
This isn’t simply a museum named after a historic local figure. Sharlot Hall was more than just a beloved resident, she was the first woman to hold office in the AZ Territorial Government, she was a journalist, historian(several years as Territorial Historian), and poet. It was her own collections of photos and artifacts that created the starting point for the museum.
When Sharlot’s father passed away she acquired the AZ Terr. Governor’s Mansion housing her collection of pioneer artifacts and historic items of Yavapai County. In 1920 Sharlot Hall founded the Prescott Historical Society and later the year opened the Old Governor’s Mansion Museum - known today as the Sharlot Hall Museum. 2 years after her death the Prescott Historical Society changed their name to the Sharlot Hall Historical Society.