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“A Fine History Museum”

Fort Whipple Museum
Ranked #28 of 71 things to do in Prescott
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Owner description: The headquarters for the Military Department of Arizona in 1870.
Reviewed 10 May 2013

I had scarcely heard of this place before I visited it, just having the impression that some kind of historical information could be found in the VA center. Lo and behold, what do I discover but a very good museum, with many exhibits, covering the late 19th, early 20th Centuries in this region; also, numerous historical buildings over 100 years old. Only the very pretty museum building may be entered, but walking tours of the whole area are allowed. There are several reasons to visit Prescott; I discovered one more.

It is free, but as usual, donations are gratefully accepted.

4  Thank Vorchek
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Reviewed 15 January 2013

Fort Whipple is a terrific place to reflect on the historical 1800s in Prescott, Arizona. I go to the VA hospital at the same location, as I am a Vietnam veteran. Every time I visit the hospital or just take a drive around Fort Whipple I think about the soldiers and families who protected the settlers during the Indian wars. I think about the Native Americans who had to give up their land and livelihood. There is a wonderful history and artifacts Museum that offers a taste of the old West.

Among the many historical stories about Fort Whipple, is a fact based one about a colonel's daughter named Carrie Wilkins who mesmerized all the young Fort Whipple Army officers of the 1870s. Some people believe areas of the four may be haunted. Given everything that happened in around Fort Whipple, I would not be surprised.

If you are a photographer like me, you will enjoy photographing the old Victorian officers quarters houses. You will enjoy the great architecture in beautiful views.

I recommend that you drive slowly around Fort Whipple initially to get a sense of the area. It is not that large. Then I suggest that you find the parking lot and walk around the officers quarters to appreciate the architecture and to visit the museum. There is a small cantina where you can purchase lunch and refreshments which I believe opens in the afternoon.

There are so many other sites to see around Fort Whipple.

7  Thank Wordsmith2012
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Reviewed 20 February 2012

If you ever have the chance and you like history, check out this facility. Was amazed at the history and the staff there know all about it.

2  Thank guyinprescott01
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Reviewed 2 September 2011

nice, easy, interesting museum and building. spend as much time or as little as you wish. Drive past the other old officer's houses and envision this military base in its hey day as part of the old west. Army stuff, maps, photos, memoirs, medical instruments (there's a VA hospital @ Ft. Whipple still) and you get to see the interior of one of the officer's houses (which the musum is in)

1  Thank netherholt
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Reviewed 11 May 2009

A converted 1905(?) officers quarters houses two floors of exhibits. First floor tells the story of Fort Whipple thru the late 1890's. Second floor continues the history or the fort and then as a Army hospital and then a VA hospital. Docent was very knowledgeable.

6  Thank travelsbyrail
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