If your interest runs toward learning about “how the West was won”, visiting a Prescott museum just might give you some answers.

Sharlot Hall Museum was founded in 1928 by poet and historian Sharlot Hall, who at an early age began collecting artifacts from the pioneer days in Arizona. She finally opened the museum in the Old Governor’s Mansion as a way to preserve her collection. The museum is dedicated to exploring the heritage of Prescott’s early settlers and Native Americans who lived here.

Sharlot Hall Museum is open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. Adult admission is $5; children under18 are free.

At Smoki Museum, you can learn all about the history of Prescott as seen through the eyes of the Smoki people, a group of Prescott residents that organized in 1921 and dedicated themselves to preserving American Indian dances and ceremonies. The museum itself is designed to resemble an Indian pueblo.

The exhibits at the Smoki Museum include Native American art and artifacts as well as clothing, decoration and a large collection of books. The museum is open year-round Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m.