The John Wesley Powell Memorial Museum – Page, Arizona
The John Wesley Powell Memorial Museum is located in Page, Arizona at #6 N. Lake Powell Blvd, on the corner of N. Lake Powell Boulevard and North Navajo Drive. The goal of the John Wesley Powell Memorial Museum is to preserve the history surrounding Major John Wesley Powell and the exploration he did of the Colorado River. The museum also strives to document the history of the Page area, and to provide information about the local Native American people. This is currently the only history museum located in Page, Arizona. The museum is a private, non-profit organization that raises money with the Visitor Information Center located on the premises.
The museum contains many interesting pieces of the historic life of John Wesley Powell. There are sketches, photographs and memorabilia from his two journeys down the Colorado River. Major Powell accomplished a lot during his lifetime, and his interest in natural phenomena lead to his amazing trips and discoveries. This one-armed Civil War hero had a desire to go the Grand Canyon, which had been created by the Colorado River. Browsing through the museum, visitors can get a feel for the scope of his achievements by visiting the museum and learning more about his life. Located in front of the museum is a replica of the boat that Major Powell used on his river trip. The replica was used in the Disney movie, "Ten Who Dared."
Other exhibits in the museum include a collection of Native American artifacts, and items from early pioneer times. There is information on the local geology, and how the Colorado River cut the canyons. The history of Page can also be found in the John Wesley Powell Memorial Museum. The history of Page is filled with interesting facts that you will be able to learn about at the museum. The museum staff will be happy to show visitors films about Lake Powell and nearby Glen Canyon dam construction for those who are interested in learning more about these subjects.
Visitors to the museum can also go into the bookstore, which features many different books, maps, art and historical interest items for sale. Gifts can also be purchased. In addition, the museum is home to the area Visitor’s Information Center for Page, Arizona. By using these services, you are supporting the museum. You can find out more about other area attractions such as Antelope Canyon and Alstrom Point, and local accommodations, as well as being able to book houseboats and scenic flights there.
The museum is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Admission prices are $5 for people ages 13 to 61, $3 for those age 62 and older, $1 for children ages 5 to 12, and children under the age of five are admitted to the museum free, as are museum members. Guided tours are available for $5 per person. To get more information, call 928-645-9496 or 888-597-6873.