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Phoenix Arizona Museums & Attractions

Arizona is filled with fascinating museums and exciting attractions. Historic districts, art galleries, botanical gardens and zoos provide hours (and even days) of fun and learning in both Phoenix and Tucson. The following is a list of must-sees as you make your way through the arts and culture of Arizona. Before visiting the museums and attractions listed, call ahead for hours and fees.

Museums and Attractions

Arizona Science Center

600 East Washington St.
Phoenix, AZ 85004
603-716-2000
www.azscience.org
More than 300 hands-on exhibits are waiting to be explored in this popular four-story museum designed by Antoine Predock. The center’s planetarium has undergone major renovation and has a new seamless dome, while the IMAX theatre with its giant screen is the perfect setting for the latest 3D movie.

Arizona State Capitol Museum and Wesley Bolin Memorial Plaza

1700 West Washington Street
Phoenix, AZ 85007
602-542-4581
www.lib.az.us/museum/
Check out the old home of the Arizona Legislature, and view memorials to veterans of different wars as well as the extraordinary murals depicting Arizona’s history and its progress from a U.S. territory to a state.

Deer Valley Rock Art Center

3711 West Deer Valley Road
Phoenix, AZ 85308
623-582-8007
www.asu.edu/clas/shesc/dvrac
Managed by the Arizona State University School of Human Evolution and Social Change, visitors are allowed public access to the Hedgpeth Hills site that is home to more than 1,500 ancient petroglyphs made by the Hohokam and Patayan who were the first inhabitants here.

Desert Botanical Garden Papago Park

1201 North Galvin Parkway
Phoenix, AZ 85008
480-941-1225
www.dbg.org
The Desert Botanical Garden reveals that the Sonoran Desert is home to its own kind of Eden, with native trees, succulents, cacti, grasses, shrubs and flowers. Walk along one of the four trails that cross these gardens dedicated to the flora of the Southwest, and explore a new world of desert beauty. Rare desert plants, endangered desert plants and threatened desert plant species are on display.
Fountain Hills Botanical  

Fountain Hills Botanical Garden 


Fountain Hills Blvd. at Kingstree Ave.

480-816-5100
www.fh.az.gov/botanical-garden.aspx
The Fountain Hills Botanical Garden was founded by Jane Haynes in 1975 as a wildlife preserve and garden. The Garden is 8 acres with elevation from 1696 to 1800 feet.  Twenty-nine Sonoran Desert plants are identified along the half mile meandering trail that has been constructed on the desert slopes. The trail allows for interesting views of rock formations, desert flora, animal life and an abandoned P-Bar Ranch campsite next to the April 25, 1941 constructed dam wall. Free Admission.

Goldfield Ghost Town & Mine Tours

4650 North Mammoth Mine Road
Apache Junction, AZ 85219
480-983-0333
www.goldfieldghosttown.com
Revisit the boomtown days of Goldfield during the 1890s, when a gold strike made Goldfield a lively mining town. Visitors can explore shops and historic buildings, tour the Mammoth Gold Mine, pan for gold, and ride the state’s only operating narrow-gauge railroad for a short tour of the area. Staged gunfights on the weekends complete the picture of life in the Old West.

 

Hall of Flame Museum of Firefighting

6101 East Van Buren Street
Phoenix, AZ 85008
602-275-3473
www.hallofflame.org
The Hall of Flame Museum of Firefighting is the world’s largest museum dedicated to firefighters. Housed in a warehouse building and sponsored by the National Historical Fire Foundation, the museum features five large exhibit galleries of restored and vintage firefighting equipment and history from 1725 to 1969.

 

Heard Museum

2301 North Central Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85004
www.heard.org
The Heard Museum is internationally acclaimed for its collection of Native American fine arts, artifacts and crafts, with special emphasis on the people of the Southwest. The museum also features an Education Pavilion, as well as three new galleries and an auditorium.

Heritage Square

115 North Sixth Street
Phoenix, AZ 85004
602-732-2624
www.phoenix.gov/parks/parks/heritagepk.html
A trip downtown offers the chance to step back in time. Visit the pedestrian-only block of restored Victorian homes that comprise the only residential structures left of the original town of Phoenix. The homes themselves are open to the public. The Stevens House is home to the Arizona Doll and Toy Museum, and the Teeter House Victorian Tea Room is a popular stop.

 

L. Alan Cruikshank River of Time Museum
 

12901 N. La Montana Blvd.,
Fountain Hills, AZ 85268
480-837-2612
www.riveroftimemuseum.org
The River of Time Museum leads visitors through creative, informative exhibits that recount the captivating past of the Lower Verde Valley, to depict the importance of water in the Sonoran Desert and illustrate how water determines the course of history.

Mystery Castle

800 East Mineral Road
Phoenix, AZ 85042
602-268-1581
Built in the foothills of South Mountain Park in the 1930’s from bottles, old bricks and pieces of granite, the Mystery Castle has been named as a Phoenix Point of Pride. Visitors can explore the 18 rooms of this bizarre structure created as an expression of a father’s love for his abandoned daughter.

Out of Africa Wildlife Park

Verde Valley Justice Court Rd
Camp Verde, AZ 86322
928-567-2840
www.outofafricapark.com
Nine animal shows, tours and more await visitors here at Out of Africa Wildlife Park, where animals may be seen in a garden-like setting. View big cats such as rare white tigers, lions and cougars, while other park inhabitants include coatis, foxes, bears, wolves and exotic birds. Family friendly activities include safari jeep tours for up close and personal viewing of exotic animals.

Phoenix Art Museum

1625 North Central Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85004
602-257-1222
www.phxart.org
The Phoenix Art Museum boasts of an intriguing collection 17,000 pieces of art from several centuries and representing important art eras and styles, all housed within the museum’s acclaimed galleries featuring exciting and groundbreaking exhibitions from the four corners of the world.

Phoenix Police Museum

17 South Second Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85004
602-534-7278
www.phoenixpolicemuseum.com
The Phoenix Police Museum features an amazing array of displays and equipment used to keep the peace by police officers, from a 1919 police car to a three-wheeled motorcycle used by meter readers. A recent museum acquisition is a crossbeam from one of the towers of the World Trade Center attacked on Sept. 11, 2001 and on permanent display as part of the museum’s 9-11 memorial.

Phoenix Zoo â€‹Papago Park

455 North Galvin Parkway
Phoenix, AZ 85008
602-273-1341
www.phoenixzoo.org
Come spend the day at Papago Park, home of the Phoenix Zoo, voted one of the nation’s top five zoos for kids. At 152 acres and more than 7,600 animals, the Phoenix Zoo is the largest privately owned not-for-profit zoo in the country with exhibits designed to closely recreate the animals’ natural habitats. Of special note are the zoo’s four trails: the Tropics Trail offers fantastic birdwatching, the Africa Trail with its tigers, lions and elephants, the Children’s Discovery Trail and Harmony Farm with farm animals and butterfly garden and the Arizona Trail featuring Arizona native animals.

Pueblo Grande Museum and Archaeological Park

4619 East Washington St.
Phoenix, AZ 85034
602-495-0901
www.pueblogrande.com
Visit the world of the Hohokam Indians, the first residents of this area of the Southwest, who mysteriously disappeared in the mid-15th century. Check out the indoor displays that detail the Hohokam’s agricultural system and daily life, then follow the trails around the ruins of an actual excavated Hohokam village.

Taliesin West

12621 Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd.
Scottsdale, AZ 85259
480-860-2700
www.franklloydwright.org
Taliesin West was the winter home of Frank Lloyd Wright from 1937 until his death in 1959, and is a perfect example of Wright’s ability to create living space that meshes naturally with its surroundings. Surrounded by suburban development, Taliesin West is one of the few estates in the Phoenix metropolitan area that has preserved desert, mountain and open space for the benefit of its undergraduate and graduate programs in Architecture, K-12 students, scholars and visitors. Guided tours are available to those who want to experience Wright’s genius of architectural design.

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