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 Center600 East Washington St. Phoenix, AZ 85004
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 Plaza1700 West Washington Street Phoenix, AZ 85007
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 Center3711 West Deer Valley Road Phoenix, AZ 85308
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 Park1201 North Galvin Parkway Phoenix, AZ 85008
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.
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 Tours4650 North Mammoth Mine Road Apache Junction, AZ 85219
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 Firefighting6101 East Van Buren Street Phoenix, AZ 85008
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 Museum2301 North Central Avenue Phoenix, AZ 85004
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 Square115 North Sixth Street Phoenix, AZ 85004
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.