Museums and The Arts
Flagstaff has a rich history and culture, which means there’s no shortage of performances, tours, and events.
Heritage Square, in Flagstaff's Historical District, takes you back to Flagstaff's yesteryears. One of the most popular events is their musical entertainment night, “Thursdays on the Square,” held every Thursday between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Or enjoy traditional or classical music every Saturday and Sunday.
Founded in 1894 by Boston mathematician Percival Lowell, Lowell Observatory has been instrumental in several landmark scientific discoveries, including the discovery of Pluto. The observatory now houses an interactive exhibit hall and gift shop and hosts tours and evening programs.
The Museum of Northern Arizona was founded in 1928 as a repository for Native American artifacts and natural history specimens from the Colorado Plateau. Since then, the museum has evolved into a regional center of learning offering collections, exhibits, educational programs, publications, and research projects.
For more than 40 years, Theatrikos Theatre Company has been an important part of the Flagstaff art community. An intimate theatre, Theatrikos patrons are never more than 5 rows away from the action on the stage. The theatre is able to bring 6 high-quality theatrical productions to Flagstaff annually while keeping ticket costs low and affordable. During the holiday season you will be able to view some of your favorite traditional plays.
Northern Arizona University has a plethora of activities for visitors to see, including music, drama, dance, and athletic events. The Arboretum at Flagstaff showcases native plants on 200 acres that originally were a working cattle ranch. The Arboretum offers daily tours and live birds of prey programs in the spring and summer months.
Coconino Center for the Arts is the cultural hub of the Flagstaff community. The large gallery has frequently changing exhibitions and a 200-seat theater that plays host to many plays, concerts, and film presentations. During summer the center is home to the outdoor community event “Summer Nights on the Square” ever Friday-Sunday. Allow yourself to revel in free music, art, dance, and theater with the local community.
For more than 50 years, The Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra has been a source of enjoyment, enrichment, and pride for the citizens of Northern Arizona. The 82-member orchestra plays to packed houses in the Ardrey Auditorium September through April.