Greater Phoenix Museums
This list of Metro Phoenix area museums is compliments of Phoenix ASAP, a one-stop guide to Phoenix Attractions and adventurous Things To Do in Phoenix for residents and vacationers of all ages.
Adobe Mountain Railroad Museum
23280 North 43rd Ave, Ste. 75 - Glendale, AZ
Displays include small, narrow gauge 1884 locomotive, model railroad layouts and prototype historical displays. Open Dec.-April; 9:00 a.m.-noon.
Arizona Capitol Museum
1700 W. Washington Street - Phoenix, Arizona
Presents events and programs on government in the Arizona Territory and early Statehood days. Museum Store, Visitor Lounge and patio grounds. Admission is Free Monday-Friday, 8:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.
Arizona Doll and Toy Museum
602 E. Adams Street - Phoenix, Arizona
Displays dolls, dollhouses, miniatures and toys from yesteryear. An authentic schoolroom of 1912 features antique dolls as "students". Located in historical Heritage Square. Open Tues - Sat; 10 am-4 pm.
Arizona Historical Society
1300 N. College Avenue - Tempe, Arizona
With over 28,000 items in the collection this is a wonderful place to visit. Located at Papago Park this museum puts a special emphasis on the 20th Century. Tues - Sat; 10 am-4 pm, Sun noon -4 pm.
Arizona Military Museum
5656 E. McDowell Road - Phoenix, Arizona
"Lest We Forget" to remember those in uniformed military service. The Museum has displays of uniforms, vehicles, artillery and mementos. Sat and Sun 1 - 4 pm. At Papago Park Military Reservation.
Arizona Mining & Mineral Museum
1502 W. Washington Street - Phoenix, Arizona
The Museum exhibits over 3,000 minerals educating visitors about Arizona's mining and mineral heritage. Weekdays 8 am-5 pm; Sat 11 am-4 pm. Located on the NW corner of 15th Ave and Washington.
Arizona Museum For Youth
35 North Robson Street - Mesa, Arizona
An innovative, nationally recognized fine arts museum for children. The museum's art gallery is for children ages 4-12. Come and bring the kids often for a great day. Open Tues - Sun 9 am-5 pm.
Arizona Science Center
600 E. Washington Street - Phoenix, Arizona
A hands-on, eye-opening fun center with more than 300 interactive exhibits, state-of-the-art planetarium, a five-story giant screen theater, live demonstrations and traveling exhibitions. Open daily 10 am-5 pm.
ASU 1907 Archives Gallery
ASU Hayden Library - Tempe, Arizona
Showcases historical photographs, manuscripts and ephemera relating to the history of Arizona. Periodically changing traveling exhibits are also featured. Open Monday-Friday; 10 am-5 pm.
ASU Art Museum
ASU Nelson Fine Arts Center - Tempe, Arizona
This acclaimed Museum offers American, Contemporary and Latin American art and craft. Located on the ASU campus and open Tuesdays & Wednesdays 10 am-5 pm.
Cave Creek Museum
6140 E. Skyline Drive - Cave Creek, Arizona
The museum is living history of pioneer living, ranching and mining. Indian artifacts from Hohokam, Yavapai and Apache. See a restored 1920s tuberculosis cabin and a 1940s church.
178 E. Commonwealth Avenue - Chandler, Arizona
The museum preserves the rich history and heritage of Chandler Arizona. Special events and new exhibits continually. Located in historic downtown Chandler. Hours: Wednesday - Saturday; 11 am - 4 pm.
Hall Of Flame Museum of Firefighting
6101 E. Van Buren Street - Phoenix, Arizona
Almost and acre of fire history exhibits with over 90 fully restored pieces of fire apparatus dating back to 1725. There is also a gallery dedicated to wildfire firefighting. Located in the Phoenix Papago Park.
2301 N. Central Avenue - Phoenix, Arizona
This is one of the best places in Arizona to experience the cultures and art of Southwestern Native Americans. Enjoy the talent of Native American dancers. Open Mon - Sat; 9:30 am - 5 pm.
Heritage & Science Park
115 N. 6th Street - Phoenix, Arizona
The only remaining group of homes from the original town site of Phoenix. Museums, gift shops and restaurants housed in buildings from the 1800s. Open Tuesday - Sat 10 am - 4 pm. Sun noon - 4 pm.
Historic Sahuaro Ranch
9802 N. 59th Avenue - Glendale, Arizona
The oldest and best preserved 1885 homestead. Sahuaro Ranch's historic area transports you to another time. Open Sept. - May; Wednesday - Friday 10 am - 2 pm. Sunday 9 am - 4-pm.
Hoo-hoogam Ki Museum
10005 E. Osborn Road - Scottsdale, Arizona
Enjoy the cultural heritage of Salt River Pima-Maricopa Communities from the times of the ancient Hohokam. The museum is open Monday - Friday; 9:30 am - 4:30 pm.
Phoenix Art Museum
1625 N. Central Avenue - Phoenix, Arizona
The Museum’s collection includes almost 16,000 artworks that span the centuries. Bring the children to experience the interactive-child friendly gallery. See international exhibits and have lunch at the Café.
Phoenix Museum of History
105 N. 5th Street - Phoenix, Arizona
Visitors of all ages enjoy interactive and educational exhibits showing Phoenix's metamorphous from barren desert town to a modern metropolis. Open Tuesday - Saturday 10 am - 5 pm.
Phoenix Police Museum
101 S. Central Avenue #100 - Phoenix, Arizona
The museum features a mach-up of an early 1900s police station as well as a 1919 Ford Model T Police Car. Monday - Friday; 9:30 am - 4 pm.
River of Time Museum
12901 N. LaMontana Blvd - Fountain Hills, AZ
Features history of lower Verde Valley, including geology, ancient Indians, trappers, miners, cowboys and modern day development along the Verde and Salt Rivers. Open Wed - Sat; 1 pm - 4 pm.
Scottsdale Historical Museum
7333 E. Scottsdale Mall - Scottsdale, Arizona
Permanent exhibits of Winfield Scott and local history of Scottsdale Arizona, housed in a restored little red schoolhouse in Old Town Scottsdale. Hours: Wed - Sat 10 am-5 pm. Sun noon - 4 pm.
Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art
7374 E. Second Street - Scottsdale, Arizona
Paintings, photographs and sculpture are just some of the talent you'll see at this art museum. The museum presents a wide variety of educational programs and special events for the entire family.
West Valley Art Museum
17420 N. Avenue of Art - Surprise, Arizona
Key focus of the Museum is Ethnic dress, textiles and Ethnographic Arts. The Museum's Classic Café is exceptional. Located at 114th Avenue and Bell Road. Hours: Tuesday - Saturday; 10 am - 4 pm.
Air Force Museum
The Arizona Wing Commemorative Air Force Museum is a combat aircraft museum
and home to the B17 'Sentimental Journey'. It offers guided tours, warbird
rides and unique military aviation gifts. View WWII and Vietnam memorabilia.
Wright's Taliesin West
Taliesin West was built by Frank Lloyd Wright and his apprentices in the
1930s and constantly expanded by the Wright until his death in 1959.
Wright and his apprentices created Taliesin West using rocks from the
desert floor and sand from the washes to keep the design in balance
with the surrounding environment.
Heard Museum North
Heard Museum North Shop features a vast selection of one-of-a-kind
traditional and contemporary handmade artwork purchased directly from
Native American artists. The Heard Musem North is a branch location
of the internationally acclaimed Heard Museum and presents two
exhibitions annually drawing on the Heard's outstanding collection.
Walk back in time with Arizona’s radio and television legends. This
museum offers a compendium of personalities and paraphernalia from this
dynamic broadcast industry, preserving for all time Arizona’s
beginnings, for generations to experience and treasure for years come.
The mission of the Scottsdale Historical Museum is to present, preserve and
interpret through research, exhibits and educational programming, the
prehistory, history and cultural heritage of Scottsdale and the Southwest.
Scottsdale Museum of
Founded in 1999, the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art is the only
museum in Arizona devoted to the art, architecture and design of our
time. Global in its focus, the Museum is a unique and vital cultural
resource for the Southwest.
Desert Botanical Garden
Nestled amid the red buttes of Papago Park, the Desert Botanical Garden
hosts one of the world’s finest collections of desert plants. One
of only 44 botanical gardens accredited by the American Association
of Museums, this one-of-a-kind museum showcases 50 acres of beautiful
Grande Museum & Archaeological Park
Experience a prehistoric Hohokam ruin and full-sized replicated dwellings.
Pueblo Grande Museum is located at a 1,500 year-old Hohokam village ruins
in modern day Phoenix. For more than 76 years the museum has been
dedicated to the study and interpretation of the Hohokam culture
Art Center & Museum
The Shemer Art Center and Museum is a historical site operated since 1984
by the City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department. It is a family-oriented
art education center and museum, offering artists and community members a
unique and inviting atmosphere to enjoy and learn about the visual arts.
Lost Dutchman Museum
Arizona geology and wildlife, Native American artifacts, exhibits featuring
local artists and premier collection of maps/books on the Superstition and
the Lost Dutchman's gold. Home of the Elvis Chapel.
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