Henry Hauser Museum


Welcome to the Henry F. Hauser Museum. The museum’s mission is to collect, document, preserve, interpret, research, and disseminate knowledge about natural and cultural material from the Greater Sierra Vista Area, to include the rural areas of Southeast Arizona, the Southwest, and other regions related by natural history, heritage and climate.

Founded in 2000, the museum is named for Henry “Hank” Hauser, former college football star, avid golfer, career soldier, city council member and city magistrate, school board member and former mayor of Sierra Vista.


May 1-19th 2017 for setting up a new exhibit.

Open 10:00am to 4:00pm Monday – Wednesday and 10:00 to 1:00 on Thursdays


Visitors to the museum experience visual and artistic stories through permanent and changing exhibits, special programs, and events. Featured subjects have included, “Sierra Vista – Then & Now,” “Unity Through Cultural Heritage,” and “Brown Canyon Ranch – A Centennial Celebration!”


The museum collects and preserves a variety of paper materials, including photographs, periodicals, school year books, journals, letters, business and personal papers, maps, and documents related to the history and functioning of local city government. In addition to library and archival materials, the museum also collects artifacts associated with local history, business establishments, water, and ranching. Noted collections include the Henry F. Hauser Collection and the James Rice Photograph Collection. Researchers may have access to these library, archival, and artifact collections.

Living Voices

The museum continues to expand its Oral History Collection which includes noted local individuals of the area as well as those who realize the importance of maintaining a living history legacy. Transcripsts and copies of tapes are available to researchers and those interested in learning about this unique area from those who lived it.

Gift Shop

The Sierra Vista Historical Society operates the Gift Shop at the Henry F. Hauser Museum in support of the Museum.   We carry unique one of a kind gifts and are proud to feature local craftsmen.   The   Shop carries Folkmanis Puppets and a variety of children’s books as well as interesting books on first-hand accounts of settling the Arizona territory.   As we approach the Arizona State Centennial in 2012, we are carrying Times Past Reflections from Arizona History.   This book has been accepted as an Arizona Centennial 2012 Legacy Project by the Arizona Historical Advisory Commission.   The shop is staffed by volunteers and is open from 10:00am to 4:00pm Monday through Wednesday and 10:00 to 1:00 on Thursdays


Group tours are available. Please call: (520) 439-2306


Volunteers work in close cooperation with museum staff who provide guidance, education, and support to assure that each volunteer enjoys a worthwhile experience. Have you thought about becoming a museum volunteer? The Henry F. Hauser Museum depends on its volunteers to assist with processing and preserving collections, installing exhibits, conducting oral history interviews, helping with special programs and events, and working in the museum gift shop.


Monday through Wed. 10 am to 4 pm –Thur. 10am to 1pm

Closed Holidays & Special Circumstances

Contact Information

Museum Curator: Nancy Krieski

Email: Nancy.Krieski@sierravistaaz.gov

Phone: (520) 439-2306

Address: 2590 East Tacoma, Sierra Vista, AZ. 85635 (Located in the Ethel H. Berger Center)

Gift Shop

The SVHS Gift Shop is located at the entrance to the Henry F. Hauser Museum in the Ethel Berger Center in Sierra Vista, AZ.  Please come by to visit the store and museum. Become a member of the Sierra Vista Historical Society  and receive a 10% discount on all merchandise except sale items. The hours of the shop are:

Mon. – Wed. 10am to 4pm  and Thursday, 10am – 1pm  

The Gift Shop will be CLOSED from May 1-19 will re-open the 26th

Also NOTE that the MUSEUM is OPEN the same HOURS

As you can see we have a Selection of clothing items for sale.  We are not large but we try to carry unique items including many locally made gifts.

The range of items include a selection of children’s gifts and books. We like to think we have one of Sierra Vista’s finest selection of Puppets.

We also have a fine selection of jewelry made by local artists.

You might also want to take a look at the Ceramics hand crafted by the Pottery Studio@ Sierra Vista which is part of the cities leisure services.  We also have a fine selection of books with a historical theme some written by local authors.


Past events with pictures

On February 18th we had our “Down Town Hoedown” This prime rib dinner event with, dancing and music, was well attended.  Many attendees were in 1900 period dress.  Click here to see some Pictures.

On November 13th we hosted Jim Turner for a powerpoint presentation and book signing.  It was an extremely interesting talk and presentation.  Click Here to see some pictures.

On November 19th we had the first of this seasons Amazing Arizona Series “Cruzing the Streets” with former police chief Dave Santor.  Click Here to see some pictures.