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Affeldt Mion Museum in the 1930 Depot

Mary E.J. Colter’s Historic Depot

The rhythmic rumble of a train rolling by can mentally transport us to the bygone era of romantic travel. If you’ve watched from the chairs along the tracks at La Posada, you know what I’m talking about.

The hotel isn’t the only transformative experience, though. There is also the historic depot, built for the Santa Fe Railway as the Winslow stop. It too was designed by La Posada architect, Mary E.J. Colter.

In that historic depot, you’ll find Affeldt Mion Museum (AMM), featuring the Winslow History and Winslow Studio Artists (WSA).

To get to AMM from inside the hotel, you’ll exit the back door toward the train tracks (the original main entrance!) and turn left, where you’ll follow the long Spanish Revival arcade towards the depot.

When you’re there, pay particular attention to the many original features, from the massive beams and Spanish tile roof to the concrete floors and ornate radiator grilles.

The building itself is an important part of the AMM collection, thanks to the loving restoration in 2018 by owners Allan Affeldt and Tina Mion.

It is for them that the museum is named.

Inside, you’ll find a celebration of not only Fred Harvey and Mary Colter, but other artists and designers, past and present, who have contributed to elevating Winslow Arizona through art. Allan and Tina’s restoration of La Posada spurred community development, encouraging other artists to revive nearby historic buildings into studios, something we highlight through the Winslow Studio Artists (WSA). The AMM and WSA will continue to explore and celebrate historic revival, creative expression, and what art can do for a community.

AMM is also home to a significant part of Winslow’s history.

The Hubbell-Joe Rug

The largest known hand-carded and hand-spin Navajo rug, commissioned for Lorenzo Hubble Jr’s Winslow trading post in 1932 and woven by Navajo artist Julia Joe, her daughter Lillie, and the Kin ł ichii’nii (Red House) Clan, has returned to Winslow after a fifty-year absence, thanks to Allan Affeldt and Tina Mion, who purchased the rug in 2012. Creating a display for a work of art this massive and important was many years in the making but is now open to the public!

To learn more, please visit the Affeldt Mion Museum website!

We look forward to seeing you!

Affeldt Mion Museum is currently open seven days a week from 9 am until 5 pm. Admission is $5

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