As a Pioneer Museum we stand out because of our collection of local histories, photos and artifacts. We are striving to creating new displays that tell an interesting story about pioneer life and the struggles to survive in Washington County. Our goal is to be an educational resource for the communities in our county as well as introduce our many global visitors to our pioneers.
We are a Pioneer Museum with a collection of photos, artifacts and written histories of the early Washington County settlers dating from 1853 to 1900. Our organization, Daughters of Utah Pioneers, support the museum by volunteering to serve as Docents and with financial support. All of our staff and Board are volunteers. We are open from 10 AM to 5 PM daily except Wednesday and Sunday. Our hours for December are 11 AM to 3 PM. Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Years Day.
Through the generous donation of Hortense McQuarrie Odlum, the McQuarrie Memorial Museum was built in 1938. We are known as the Pioneer Museum in St George. Hortense along with the Daughters of Utah Pioneers organization directed the Museum to be built to house the pioneer relics, photos and histories of those stalwart people who came to settle Washington County under the direction of Brigham Young beginning in mid-1850s.
The Museum is owned and operated by the Daughters of Utah Pioneers (DUP) Companies in Washington County, Utah. DUP members volunteer their time to manage and maintain the museum and serve as Docents for visitors from around the world. Donations contributing to the large collection with the walls of the Museum came and still come, from descendants of those pioneers who lived and worked in this harsh area.