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Museums have something for everyone - anthropology, art, history, nature, science, and more. This page contains a list of many museums around the state. Explore what they have to offer...and see all of the fascinating things there are to discover!
Adobe Mountain Railroad Museum - 23280 North 43rd Avenue #75, Glendale, 623-974-0125. Ride a small, narrow-gauge 1884 locomotive, see model railroad layouts and prototype historical displays. Display themes change regularly.
Arboretum at Flagstaff
Arizona Capitol Museum - 1700 W. Washington, Phoenix, 602-542-4675 (info), 602-542-4581 (tours). This National Register site served as both the Capitol of the Arizona Territory and the State Capitol and has been restored to its 1912 appearance.
Arizona History Museum - 949 E. Second St., Tucson AZ 85719, 520-628-5774. Interactive and traditional exhibits about Arizona's dynamic past, including an underground copper mine, early ranch and town life, Victorian-era period rooms, the archaeology of Tucson?s downtown, an original stagecoach, and a 1923 Studebaker.
Arizona Mining and Mineral Museum - 1502 West Washington, Phoenix, 602-255-3795. One of the largest and finest mineral museums in the Southwest. Features permanent and changing displays of ore and minerals from Arizona and other states. Over 3,000 minerals on exhibit; highlighting the collection are the colorful minerals from Arizona’s copper mines. Exhibits on the lapidary arts featuring gemstones, carved semi-precious bowls and spheres, well-known Arizona specimen localities, and fluorescent minerals. Free admission. Open weekdays from 8:00 am - 5:00 pm, Saturdays from 11:00 am - 4:00 pm, closed Sundays and State holidays. Phone: 602-255-3795.
Arizona Museum for Youth - 35 N. Robson St., Mesa, 480-644-2467. An innovative, nationally recognized fine-arts museum for children. The exhibits encourage creative expression in a "hands-on" environment.
Arizona Science Center - 600 E. Washington St., Phoenix, 602-716-2000. Explore 350 hands-on science exhibits, travel to space in a planetarium, and experience the excitement of an Imax theater. Enjoy science demonstrations and traveling exhibitions.
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum (Tucson) - A world-renowned zoo, natural history museum, and botanical garden all in one! Also features a faux limestone cave, an exceptional collection of regional minerals, fossils, and geology exhibits.
Arizona State Museum (Tucson) - 1013 E. University Blvd., Tucson AZ 85721-0026, 520-621-6302. Experience the vibrant indigenous cultures of Arizona and northern Mexico through exhibitions, educational programs, a research library, and a museum store. The museum's scholars and extensive collections are among the most significant resources in the world for the study of Southwestern peoples.
Asarco Mineral Discovery Center - Tucson - Exhibits illustrate the deposition, extraction, and uses of copper. Hands-on exhibits, video theater, cactus garden, picnic area. Free admission. 15 mi. south of Tucson on I-19 and Pima Mine Road. Phone: 520-625-7513.
The Bible Museum 2000 N. Litchfield Rd., Goodyear AZ 85338 (623)536-8614
Biosphere 2 Center (Oracle, AZ)
Bisbee Mining & Historical Museum Displays on mining and life in this mining town at the turn of the century. Admission fee. 10:00 am - 4:00 pm daily. 5 Copper Queen Plaza, Bisbee, AZ 85603. Phone: 520-432-7071.
Boyce Thompson Southwestern Arboretum - 37615 East US Highway 60, Superior, 520-689-2811. Arizona's oldest and largest botanical garden features thousands of plants from the world's deserts. 323 acres with miles of nature paths and specialty gardens.
Cave Creek Museum - 6140 E. Skyline Dr., Cave Creek, 480-488-2764. Living history of the desert foothills. Displays of pioneer living, ranching and mining. Indian artifacts from the Hohokam, Yavapai, and Apache. Restored 1920s tuberculosis cabin and 1940s church. Gift shop with additional resources.
Challenger Learning Center - 21170 N. 83rd Avenue, Peoria, 623-322-2001. A space themed learning environment includes a Mission Control Center, Space Craft, interactive exhibit area, video theatre, Galaxy Gift shop, and exhibitions. Reservations can be made to fly a simulated space mission, Rendezvous with a Comet.
Children's Museum of Phoenix
Deer Valley Rock Art Center - 3711 W. Deer Valley Rd., Phoenix, 623-582-8007. View more than 1500 ancient petroglyphs in a protected desert preserve, plus indoor exhibits and video.
Desert Botanical Garden - 1201 North Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix, 480-941-1225. World's largest collection of desert plants in a natural setting. Tours, demonstrations, interactive exhibits, workshops, special events, café, gift shop, plant shop. Trails: Desert Discovery, Plants and People of the Sonoran Desert, Sonoran Desert Nature, Center for Desert Living.
Desert Caballeros Western Museum - 21 N. Frontier St., Wickenburg, 520-684-2272. Regional exhibits, period rooms, a re-created street scene, mineral collection, Indian artifacts, Western Art Gallery, and a park with native plant landscaping.
Discovery Park (Safford)
Hall of Flame Museum of Firefighting - 6101 East Van Buren, Phoenix, 602-275-3473. 90-plus restored pieces of vintage fire apparatus, dating from 1725 to 1968; plus children's activities and a fire engine to climb aboard.
Halle Heart Center - 2929 S. 48th St., Tempe, 602-414-2800. The Halle Heart Center offers visitors the opportunity to learn how to join in the fight against the No. 1 cause of death in America - cardiovascular disease - in an innovative, hands-on way that will educate and entertain.
Heard Museum - 2301 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, 602-252-8848. Experience the cultures and art of Southwestern Native Americans in a world-class collection of exhibits, traditional and contemporary artwork. Get a taste of what the Heard Museum is about at its branch location, Heard Museum North, El Pedregal Festival Marketplace, Carefree Hwy. and Scottsdale Rd. Or visit the newest satellite location, Heard Museum West, in Surprise AZ.
Katydid Insect Museum - 5060 W. Bethany Home Rd., Glendale, 623-931-8718. This museum features all kinds of insects and arachnids, both native and exotic.
Mesa Southwest Museum - 53 N. MacDonald, Mesa, 480-644-2169. This museum of cultural and natural history features permanent and changing exhibitions on Arizona and the southwest, from dinosaurs to ancient Indians, from the old west to the space age. Accessible exhibits for a family audience.
Museum of Northern Arizona
Phoenix Art Museum - The largest in the Southwest, the museum features about 16,000 art works in its collection of American, European, Asian, Latin American, Contemporary and Western American art. Not to be missed are the Thorne Miniature Rooms of historic interiors and the interactive ArtWorks Gallery for children. Take advantage of the audio guide to create your own tour, visit the Museum Store for unique gifts, and attend art classes, gallery talks and family programs.
The Phoenix Zoo - 455 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix, 602-273-1341. One of the nation's largest non-profit zoological parks, it is home to more than 1300 animals, including 200 endangered or threatened birds, mammals and reptiles from around the world.
Pioneer Arizona Living History Museum - 3901 W Pioneer Rd., Phoenix, 623-465-1052. 90-acre walking area of history and lifestyle of territorial Arizona. Self-guided tours, interpreters in period costumes, historic Opera House, special events.
Powell Museum - 6 North Lake Powell Blvd., Page AZ 86040, 928-645-9496.
Pueblo Grande Museum and Archaeological Park - 4619 East Washington, Phoenix, 602-495-0901. The park includes a 1,500-year-old Hohokam culture ruin along an interpretive trail as well as an onsite museum with three exhibit galleries and a theater featuring exhibits of the Hohokam and other cultures of the Southwest. The site also includes some of the last remaining intact Hohokam irrigation canals. Explore these prehistoric Hohokam Indian ruins, and let your children discover the excitement of archaeology in hands-on exhibits.
Robert S. Dietz Museum of Geology, Arizona State University - Includes mineral displays as well as vertebrate fossils, a Focault pendulum, and a working seismograph. Free admission. Monday through Friday, 9:00 am - 12:00 noon. Located in ASU's Physical Sciences Complex, F-Wing. Phone: 480-965-7065.
Sahuaro Ranch - 9802 North 59th Ave., Glendale, 623-939-5782. This 1885 homestead contains 17 restored original buildings. Changing exhibits, home tours and special events highlight the agricultural history of the west valley.
Sedona Heritage Museum - Located at 735 Jordan Road in Uptown Sedona, the museum at Jordan Historic Park focuses on Sedona's first industry - raising apples. Drive across the bridge on Mormon Wash and park in the lot; then take one of the scenic pathways through the fruit orchard and past vintage farm implements to the museum. Expect to spend at least an hour or as many as three hours looking at the exhibits and touring the historic buildings. The 4000-square-foot Apple Barn houses a 40-foot-long apple sorting machine from the 1940's. The museum opens daily at 11:00 am, admission is $3.00, and the last tour of the day begins at 3:00 pm.
Sharlot Hall Museum (Prescott) - Museum dedicated to providing educational adventures in human and natural history of Central Arizona.
Shemer Art Center and Museum - The Shemer Art Center and Museum is a historical site operated since 1984 by the City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department as a family-oriented art education center and museum. Shemer's range of exhibitions is diverse, including traditional and nontraditional works by contemporary Arizona artists. Admission is free for most shows.
Superstition Mountain Lost Dutchman Museum (Apache Junction) - Includes exhibits on the geology of the area, military history, mining artifacts from the town of Goldfield, and, of course, an exhibit on Jacob Waltz and the Lost Dutchman Mine. Admission fee. Open Daily 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. Located at Goldfield Ghost town, 4 miles northeast of Apache Junction on the Apache Trail (State Route 88). Phone: 480-983-8888.
Tucson Children's Museum
University of Arizona Arizona State Museum - The museum brings to life the cultural history of the southwest.
University of Arizona Flandrau Science Center and Planetarium - Hands-on science exhibits, exciting shows in the planetarium theater & science workshops.
University of Arizona Herbarium
University of Arizona Mineral Museum - Minerals, gemstones, and meteorites from around the world. Over 1900 minerals on display as well as an additional 6,000+ micro mount specimens. On the University of Arizona campus in the Flandrau Science Center.
University of Arizona Museum of Art
University of Arizona Pharmacy Museum
Central Arizona Museum Association
May Museum Month
Museum Ed-Ventures Resource Guide
Tucson Association of Museums
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