Frontier Homestead State Park Museum, Cedar City

4.7
#5 of 8 in Things to do in Cedar City
Frontier Homestead State Park Museum is state park and museum of Utah, USA, located in Cedar City. The museum was opened to the public in 1980, originally named Iron Mission State Park for the pioneering attempts of Mormon settlers to create an iron industry. The museum name was changed in 2009, as the park grew and expanded around Gronway Parry's collection of horse-drawn vehicles and agricultural implements. Over the years other programs and activities have been added such as pioneer craft demonstrations, rotating art exhibits, interpretive lectures, guided curation tours, and a Junior Curator program.Museum displays include horse-drawn vehicles used from 1850 to 1920 and a collection of pioneer artifacts. An iron industry exhibit features the only known remaining artifact from the original foundry - the town bell. Other items of interest include several historic cabins, a large collection of horse-drawn farm equipment, and a replicated pioneer household.Frontier Homestead also manages the historic ruins of Old Iron Town, an iron foundry west of Cedar City that operated in the mid 19th century.HistoryLack of iron was a major concern to pioneers who began settling in Utah in 1847. When iron deposits were discovered in southern Utah, Mormon leader Brigham Young called for volunteers to colonize the area. A site near Coal Creek, now Cedar City, was selected in November 1851 for the iron works. Ten months later, the colony completed construction of a small blast furnace and began to operate the iron foundry. Despite its initial success, the 'Iron Mission' faced many difficulties. Financial troubles, floods, heavy freezes and furnace failure took their toll. In addition, a crop shortage threatened starvation. The people persevered in the face of these obstacles, but the foundry was eventually closed in 1858.
Plan to visit Frontier Homestead State Park Museum during your Cedar City vacation using our convenient Cedar City trip itinerary builder app .
Source
Create an itinerary including Frontier Homestead State Park Museum
map
Places to stay near Frontier Homestead State Park Museum
Frontier Homestead State Park Museum Reviews
Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5
147 reviews
Google
4.7
TripAdvisor
  • I wasn’t expecting that inside are a lot of horse drawn and old vehicles, but that was interesting. Outside is great, too - a house to explore, lots of old lumber and mining equipment, a horseshoe pit...  more »
  • This is a great museum!! We enjoyed it very much. There is so much to look at & learn. Plus it is very inexpensive. Highly recommend!!  more »
  • We took our three kids for a visit and they really enjoyed the fun displays and interesting history packed into this museum. The museum also has many family events with workshops for the kids.  more »
Google
  • What an incredible museum! Phone number for self-guided tours, original buildings you can enter, and endless interactive activities for the kids. If you have kids interested in all the activities, you could spend a day here. I'll definitely be back.
  • I grew up on the street depicted in the train set model. I was mesmerized by this model. It is very accurate. I remember when they were starting to build the museum they rode down our street in the stage coaches and gave my brothers and I a ride in the coach. Coll experience but my parents didn't know where we were and were a little concerned. Great Museum.
  • Great little museum! Lots of interactive activities for little ones. We really enjoyed it.
  • I used to go to the Frontier Homestead State Park with my Grandad. I remember getting a wooden nickel. I recently returned- all the same vintage wagons, barbed wire and print shop, ...but so much more outside! A great place for kids and plenty of shade and inside activities if it's to hot or too cold outside.
  • A little quirky place. If you enjoy history or if u just need to stop and stretch your feet

Plan your trip to Cedar City

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plans to Frontier Homestead State Park Museum by other users

17 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife, popular PREFERENCES: May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 2 days in Cedar City BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, culture, romantic, historic sites, museums, shopping, slow & easy, popular PREFERENCES: May, culture, romantic, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Slow & easy 1 day in Cedar City BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, teens, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, wildlife, fast-paced, popular PREFERENCES: August, teens, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Fast-paced 9 days in Utah BY A USER FROM CANADA May, relaxing, historic sites, wildlife, popular PREFERENCES: May, relaxing, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 6 days in Cedar City & Bryce Canyon National Park BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES April, popular PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 4 days in Cedar City BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES April, teens, culture, relaxing, historic sites, museums, wildlife, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: April, teens, culture, relaxing, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 4 days in Cedar City BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES April, teens, culture, outdoors, relaxing, museums, wildlife, slow & easy, popular PREFERENCES: April, teens, culture, outdoors, relaxing, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Slow & easy 15 days in Utah BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES September, outdoors, popular PREFERENCES: September, outdoors ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 5 days in Cedar City & Zion National Park BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, outdoors, romantic, wildlife, popular PREFERENCES: May, outdoors, romantic, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 34 days in Cedar City BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES March, popular PREFERENCES: March ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 25 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 17 days in United States BY A USER FROM FRANCE August, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: August, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium
View more plans