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St. Michaels Historical Museum and Mission

  • Beautiful architecture at St. Michaels Mission
  • St. Michaels Mission
  • Historical exhibits at St. Michaels Museum


  • This historic mission was founded in 1896 and operated by the Franciscans on the Navajo Reservation.
  • The original adobe building houses exhibits that tell the story of interactions between the Navajos and the missionaries.
  • The current St. Michaels Church, also on the site, was built in the 1930s and continues to serve the surrounding communities.

St. Michaels Historical Museum and Mission


The original St. Michaels Mission was founded in 1896. The mission was constructed at the request of Mother Mary Katherine Drexel and operated by the Franciscans with the assistance of the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament. The small mission served to bring Roman Catholic teachings to the Navajo people. The original adobe building now holds exhibits that interpret missionary and Navajo life around the turn of the century. 

The mission flourished and eventually, the newer church was constructed in the 1930s. Visitors can browse exhibits in the original mission Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. from Memorial Day to Labor Day. The Mission is located approximately three miles west of Window Rock on Highway 264.


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Come visit us! St. Michaels Mission, St. Michaels, AZ - 86511,US

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