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.
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.
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.
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 Thursday and 10:00 to 1:00 on Saturdays. (Through April 14, 2012 – Will resume Saturday hours in November of 2012)
Group tours are available. Please call: (520)417-6980
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 Thursday 10 am to 4 pm
Saturday 10am to 1pm (Through April 14 – Will resume Saturday hours in November)
Closed Holidays & Special Circumstances
Museum Curator:¬†Nancy Krieski
Address:¬†2590 East Tacoma, Sierra Vista, AZ. 85635¬†(Located in the Ethel H. Berger Center)