Last updated: 11/10/2010
Prescott, Arizona
Street Address
4701 N. US Highway 89
Prescott, AZ 86301
Mailing Address
4701 N. US Highway 89
Prescott, AZ 86301
Hours
The Library is open to the public during Museum hours.
Tuesday - Saturday10 AM - 4 PM
Sunday1 PM - 4 PM
Mondayclosed
Groups welcome! Please call to arrange a docent led tour (free with admission). Note: Admission $1 each for each child in the group; Accompanying adults, $4.
Admissions
$5.00 Adults
$4.00 Senior Citizens
$4.00 Students
$4.00 AAA members
Children under 12 free.
AAM (American Association of Museums) members free.
CAMA (Central Arizona Museum Association) members free.
Museum Type(s)
Art
Services
Gift Shop
Special Event Rental
Staff
Kim Villalpando, Executive Director
phone: 928-778-1385
Description

The Phippen Museum's permanent collection consists of paintings, etchings, drawings, bronze sculptures, photography, American Indian artifacts and jewelry that date from the late 19th century to the early 21st century. All materials in the collection are created by artists of the American West.

The Library in the Phippen Museum is filled with books ranging from Arizona and Prescott history to art works and the biographies of many famous artists. At the present time, the Library contains more than 580 books, 60 professional videos and many western art-related periodicals. This is a research Library and these materials may be used in the Museum. The books and videos are easily accessed on the Museum computer system. In addition, the Library contains a full set of professionally bound Arizona Highways magazines from 1940 to 2005.

The Phippen Museum designs programs around the needs of teachers, children and adults. Each exhibit contains educational components in various mixed media. Educational programming includes lectures, workshops, classes, tours, newsletters and in house educational materials. Contact the museum for more information.

All museum tours are led by volunteer art docents or museum staff. These interactive tours are available for all exhibits. Adult tours are available by appointment. Tours can be tailored to the interest of the group. Student tours are available by appointment. These tours may be tailored to meet curriculum needs. An average Tour lasts approximately one hour. Tours must be scheduled in advance.

History

George Phippen, first President of the Cowboy Artists of America, died in 1966, leaving behind a group of artists interested in creating a facility that specifically represented artists in the American West. In 1974, the George Phippen Memorial Foundation was formed to create a centralized venue that would fully support Western Art. With the assistance of a dedicated core of volunteers, the George Phippen Memorial Foundation began organizing fundraisers for the creation of their museum. The first annual Memorial Day Show was presented at the Prescott Public Library in 1974, featuring the finest of western sculptors and painters. For ten years, this show was the only financial means of the Foundation.

In the early 80s the James Family Trust donated a parcel of land to the Foundation to begin the construction of the building for the future Phippen Museum. With the funds from the Memorial Day Shows and this generous gift, the Phippen Museum was able to open its doors to the public on October 13, 1984.

At present, the Phippen Museum still presents the annual Phippen Museum Western Art Show and Sale on Memorial Day Weekend at the Courthouse Plaza in Prescott, Arizona. The Museum has also expanded, adding rooms specifically for the purpose of collection development and research. The staff has expanded from a core group of volunteers in 1984, to a full staff and Board of Trustees. Rotating exhibits are featured quarterly. The Museum presents educational programs to schools, adults and special interest groups from across the country. The Phippen Museum is one of three museums in Prescott and is proud to be the only art museum.

Library

Access: General Public, Students, Scholars, Members

Appointment required: Yes

Services

Gift Shop

Special Event Rental

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