Each year the PCHS Museum closes from mid-July
through August. Due to major renovations this year (2014). It will be necessary
to extend the closure time through the entire month of September up to
The construction project involves bathrooms,
kitchen and rear entrance to the museum. This entire area will be demolished and
totally reconstructed to provide new facilities that comply with state building,
electrical and plumbing codes, and federal ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act)
The facility will become readily accessible to all
populations and provide security for staff, the collection, and the visitors.
We are a private non-profit organization originally founded in 1959 as a countywide museum. Our current home was built in 1970. The museum has numerous exhibits of native Americans, day to day life in early Florence, prison artifacts, and an extensive Library of Arizona and the southwest. In addition, extensive records are available for research on families as well as history of the area. Our staff will assist with onsite research.
You will find outstanding Indian exhibits, extensive bullet and barbed wire collections, cactus furniture, quilts and antique clothing, prison artifacts including hanging nooses, two-seater gas chamber chair, and prison registers. The is an outdoor display of antique farm machinery, a blacksmith shop, 1928 Pioneer Cabin, and vintage fire engines.
Visit our "Reference Library" as we are proud to have over 1000 books about the people, history, flora and fauna of the region, Arizona Highways Magazine dating back to 1937 and archives including documents, letters and photographs.
To collect, preserve, interpret and disseminate relevant and historically significant materials pertaining to the southwest with emphasis on Pinal County, and especially Florence and to develop and maintain ethical, effective and efficient standards in carrying out these endeavors for the benefit of present and future generations.