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Dedicated to the preservation of the heritage of
Jewish communities in Arizona and educating the public about
Jewish contributions to Arizona life. Located at 122 E.
Culver Street in Phoenix, AZ.
Arizona State Museum [Online Exhibits]
Part of the University of Arizona, the museum
features collections of artifacts and exhibits related to the
history of the peoples of the Greater Southwest. Located
at 1013 E. University Blvd in Tucson, AZ.
Apache County Historical Museum
Explore the rich history of St. Johns and the
surrounding area in Apache County. From dinosaurs to
Indians and Pioneers, this history museum has exhibits about all
of them. Located at 180 W. Cleveland in St. Johns, AZ.
Amarind Foundation Native American History [Exhibits]
Founded in 1937, the museum is dedicated to
preserving the local Native American's culture and history.
Nestled in the Little Dragon Mountains is an elaborate display
of historical artifacts, archaeological finds and anthropology
exhibits. Located at 2100 N. Amerind Road in Dragoon, AZ.
Big Nose Kate Saloon
In 1881, Big Nose
Kate's was originally known as The Grand Hotel. Dining, history
and fun all rolled into one. You can dress the part, and have
pictures made behind the bar, or on the piano all while learning
about the culture and history behind the people and the place.
Big Nose Kate's is located at 417 East Allen Street in
Bisbee Mining and Historical Museum
Learn about the
history and importance of copper mining in Bisbee, AZ through
exhibits and photographs. Visitors can take a
Mine Tour and go underground to a real copper mine to search
for copper, gold, turquoise, silver and other minerals.
Located at 5 Copper Queen Plaza in Bisbee, AZ.
Crystal Palace Saloon
Much more than a
place to grab a bite to eat. Here you can experience the history
of Tombstone in a more unique way. They offer Haunted History
Tours, and every Wednesday through Saturday you are welcome to
participate in a Ghost Hunt. Conduct a real paranormal
investigation in the basement of the Crystal Palace Saloon, or
take part in one of the historical horseback tours. Enjoy fine
dining, and history. Located at 436 E. Allen Street in
Fort Bowie National Historic Sites
Hike to the historic
Fort Bowie, on the way, you will see the remains of a
Butterfield Stagecoach Station, the Chiricahua Apache Indian
Agency, and the original fort. Located at 3203 S. Old Fort
Bowie Rd. in Bowie, AZ.
Fort Huachuca Historical Museum
Built in 1877 as a post to protect against the
Chiricahua Apache attacks. There is still an active Army
post on the location but the historic district remains and
includes an 1884 adobe house (The Pershing House) and many other
historical structures. Location is on AZ 90, four miles
west of Sierra Vista, AZ.
Muheim Heritage House Museum
Erected in 1898 by Joseph and Carmelita Muheim,
the home is furnished with period furnishings. Tours are
offered and the property may be rented for special occasions.
Located at 207 Youngblood Hill in Bisbee, AZ.
OK Corral, Tombstone, Arizona
Walk in the footsteps of Wyatt Earp and Doc
Holiday here at the original site of one the world's most famous
gun fights. Experience a live historical re-enactment of the gun
fight, and walk through the corral as it was in the 1880's, and
browse through the historical photographs and artifacts. Located
at 326 E. Allen Street in Tombstone, AZ.
Tombstone Courthouse State Historic Park
This museum once
housed the Sherriff, jail, treasurer and supervisors. This two
story building was built in 1882 in the shape of the Roman Cross
and now holds the history of Tombstone as it was in the early
days as a silver mining boomtown. Located on hwy 80 in
John Welsey Powell Memorial Museum
of John Wesley Powell]
This history museum for Page, features Native
American artifacts as well as early pioneer items and history.
One of the main features is the long boat replica along with the
photos and memorabilia related to John Wesley Powell's famed
Colorado River voyages which took place in 1869 and 1871.
#6 N. Lake Powell Blvd in Page, AZ.
Riordan Mansion State Historic Park
The Park features
two homes built in 1904 by Michael and Timothy Riordan.
Visitors can explore the grounds around the mansion and at times
tour the inside of the mansion wich is filled with antiques and
historical items. Located in Flagstaff, AZ. See
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Walnut Canyon National Monument [History
Explore the cliff
dwellings in Walnut Canyon where early peoples made their homes
over 700 years ago. Guided hikes are available but do
require reservations. Hikes are of different levels from
easy to strenuous. The canyon is east of Flagstaff off of
Wupatki National Monument [History
Five historic Pueblos
can be visited here, it takes about two hours to experience all
of them. Located at 6400 N Hwy 89 in Flagstaff, Arizona.
Kinishba Ruins National Historic Site
Pueblo ruins which were abandoned ca 1400 AD.
Located at Fort
Apache in Arizona.
Graham County Historical Museum on Facebook
Housed in the old
Thatcher School building, the Graham County Historical Society
operates the museum dedicated to the history of Graham County,
AZ. Over 500 historic photos are contained in their
collection along with 15 rooms of exhibits. Located at
3430 W. Main Street in Thatcher, AZ.
Pioneer Living History Village
Just 30 minutes away from downtown Phoenix, AZ, you will find a
place to step back in history to the days when there weren't any
cars, life moved at a much slower pace and people worked hard.
The Village is a living history museum featuring a blacksmith
shop, working ranch, jail and the staff is dressed in the spirit
of the old west. Located at 3901 West Pioneer Road in
American Museum of Nursing
museum is in the process of moving.
Located in Glendale, AZ, the museum is one of the
few in the United States which focuses on the history of
Arizona Capitol Museum
The 1901 Arizona
Capitol Building features the history of Arizona from
territorial days to present day. Guided tours are offered.
Located at 1700 W. Washington in Phoenix, AZ.
Arizona Military Museum
The history of the
military in Arizona, including the people and events that made
Arizona what it is today. Learn about the Spanish Conquest, and
the U.S. - Mexican War and the Conquistadors. Historical
photographs and archives, see old military equipment. The museum
is located at Papago Park Military Reservation 5636 E. McDowell
Rd in Phoenix, AZ.
Arizona Railway Museum
Founded in 1983,
the museum displays artifacts related to the railways of Arizona
and the Southwest. Historical box cars and photos can be
found here. Located at 330 E. Ryan Rd. in Chandler, AZ.
Arizona State Library, Archives & Museum
Come here for all
of your historical research needs. There is an extensive photo,
map, book and archive collection, as well as many historical
artifacts. Tours are given. Located at The Polly Rosenbaum
Archives and History building 1901 West Madison, in Arizona.
Wing Commemorative Air Force Museum
a fascinating opportunity to ride in an old B17.
Operated by the
Chandler Historical Society, the museum is focused on the
preservation and display of the history of Chandler, Arizona.
Collections include historical artifacts, documents and
photographs. Located at 178 E. Commonwealth Avenue in
Del Webb's Sun Cities Museum
Focused on the
history of development in Sun City and Sun City West in Arizona.
Collections include historic photographs, print advertising,
personal histories and memorabilia. Located at 10801
Oakmont Drive in Sun City, AZ.
Glendale Police Museum
From the first
police officer to the latest police vehicles, experience history
in the making, and see the impact law enforcement has had on
Arizona over the years. Located at 6821 N. 57th Avenue in
Here you can learn
about the American Indians arts and cultures of Phoenix through
an extensive collection of artifacts and several exhibits
including an art gallery, sculpture gardens, guided tours and
more. Located at 2301 N. Central Avenue in Phoenix, AZ.
Historic Sahuaro Ranch Museum
The mission: is the preservation and
presentation of the history of Sahuaro Ranch and the
agricultural history of the West Valley. Tours are offered
September through May. Located at 9802 N. 59th Ave. in Glendale,
Home to the Glendale
Mesa Historical Museum [Mesa
Housed inside the
historical Lehi School Building, the museum is operated by the
Mesa Historical Society. Dedicated to the preservation of
the history of Mesa, Arizona, the museum features exhibits about
the area history of Mesa. Located at 2345 N. Horne Street
in Mesa, AZ.
Petersen House Museum
The house is currently closed for repairs.
1414 W. Southern
Avenue in Tempe, AZ.
Pueblo Grande Museum and Archaeological Park
depicts the archaeological side of Arizona. Most historical
artifacts come from the Pueblo Grande dig site, but the museum
also has an extensive collection of photographs and research
materials. Located at 4619 E. Washington Street in Phoenix, AZ.
Scottsdale Historical Museum [Scottsdale
Mission is to
preserve and portray the history of Scottsdale, AZ and the
Southwest. There are many permanent exhibits such as the one
room schoolhouse, the parlor, and art collections, as well as
many seasonal exhibits. The museum is located at 7333 E.
Scottsdale Mall, in Scottsdale, AZ.
Tempe Historical Museum [History] [Photos
Learn about Tempe's
past. Located at 809 E. Southern Avenue in Tempe, AZ.
The home was built in 1915 of the local tufa
stone. Furnished in period pieces, antiques and heirlooms,
the Bonelli House is operated by the Mohave County Historical
Society and visits are arranged through the Mohave Museum of
History and Arts. Located in the
Kingman Historic District at 430 E. Spring Street in
Colorado River Historical Museum (need new link)
Dedicated to preserving the history of the
tri-state area (Arizona, California and Nevada), the museum is
housed in the 1947 building which was erected for the workers
who built Davis Dam. Exhibits and collections include
Indian artifacts, an Indian village display, memorabilia of
Bullhead City, the building of Davis Dam, Fort Mojave, old
documents, photographs and more. Located on Highway 95
just north of the Laughlin Bridge in Bullhead City, AZ.
Downtown Kingman Historic Walking Tour
Explore over 60 buildings listed on the National
Historic Register in downtown Kingman, AZ. The walking
tour map is available at the
Powerhouse Welcome Center
Kingman Army Airfield Museum [Photos]
Used for training during WWII, the airfield is
today a museum which preserves the history of this much used
airfield and is one of the few places where you can see the B17
Bombers and other antique airplanes. Located at 4540
Flightline Dr. in Kingman, AZ.
Mohave Museum of History and Arts
Preserving and presenting the history of NW
Arizona through words and photography. Located at 400 W.
Beale Street in Kingman, AZ.
Route 66 Museum
Powerhouse served Kingman, Arizona from 1907 throuth
1938 when the coming of the Hoover Dam which produces cheaper
power made it obsolete. Today the building has been saved
for it's historical significance and is now known as the Route
66 Museum. Stop in to learn about the historical evolution
of travel along the famed Route 66.... often referred to the
120 W. Route 66 in Kingman, AZ.
Fort Apache Historic Park
White Mountain Cultural Center and Museum which is housed in a
structure made to resemble a gowa (the Apache traditional holy
home), this is the place to learn of the culture of the American
Apache Indians. The Apache Tribe has an impressive and
growing archives which includes historic documents, manuscripts
and photos. The historic district offers 27 historic
buildings for visitors to explore. Located on the Fort
Apache Reservation. For 24 hour information, call
Margaret McCleve Log Cabin
This historical log cabin was built in 1884.
Home to Margaret McCleve Hancock and husband Mosiah. She
was well known as a midwife in the Taylor, Arizona area where
she delivered over 1500 babies. Located at the corner of
Main Street and Willow Lane in Taylor, AZ.
Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park
A Navajo Tribal
park that sits on the border of Arizona and Utah, it depicts the
Navajo way of life, and also some of the famous landmarks and
mesas in the area. The
visitor center is one mile east of U.S. highway 163 on the
Historical Society Museum
Dedicated to the
history of Show Low, AZ. Located at 561 E. Duece of Clubs
in Show Low, AZ.
A brick one room
schoolhouse built in 1904. Now restored, names of early
students are carved in the brick walls. Located on State
Route 77 in Taylor, AZ.
Stinson Pioneer Museum
A museum dedicated
to the preservation and display of historical artifacts and
photos from the pioneer days in Snowflake, Arizona.
Located at 102 N. 1st Street E in Snowflake, AZ.
Taylor Pioneer Museum
Housed in a 1930 home, the museum tells the
story of the pioneer days of Taylor, Arizona through display and
14 South 400 East
in Taylor, AZ.
White Mountain Apache Culture Center & Museum
Mountain Apache History]
This museum has been
telling the story of the Apache Tribe for almost 40 years.
Learn about the Apache heritage while viewing arts which are
available for purchase. Admission to the Culture Center
includes admission to the Kinishba Ruins National Historic
Arizona History Museum
Focused on the
history of Southern Arizona from Spanish colonial times through
the territorial eras. Includes exhibits related to mining,
transportation, Arizona Treasures and 18th century Spanish
silver artifacts. Located at 949 E. 2nd Street in Tucson,
Located at 300 N.
Ash Alley in Tucson, AZ.
Colossal Cave Mountain Park
I have visited this cave sometime in
the mid 1980s. What I recall is a road leading to this
place that seemed like a roller coaster. The caves were
wonderful and the history of robbers and Indians made it feel
adventurous. If you like caves, these are great.
Since the time I visited, they have added some museums in the
area. La Posta Quemada Ranch Museum which focuses on the
history of the Cienega Corridor and Colossal Cave Mountain Park.
You will also find a museum dedicated to the CCC (Civilian
Conservation Corps) who undertook the Colossal Cave project in
1934 and helped to make it what it is today.
Fort Lowell Museum
Housed inside the
reconstructed Officers Quarters of Old Fort Lowell, the museum
features exhibits about military life in the fort and on the
Arizona frontier. Located at 2900 Craycroft Road in
Manning House [History]
Built in 1907 as the
residence of Levi Manning and his family, it is 12,000 sq. ft.
and it is believed that his ghost resides in the home. Here you
experience life as it was in the early 1900's and how Levi
Manning changed Arizona with his ideas. Located at 450 W. Paseo
Redondo in Tucson, AZ.
San Xavier del Bac Mission
A working mission still today, visitors are
welcome to view this historical vision of beauty. Located
at 1950 W. San Xavier Road in Tucson, AZ.
Bob Jones Museum
related to local history, the collection includes photographs,
mining equipment, historical artifacts and geological samples.
A favorite exhibit is the life sized miner. Located at
3031 E. Manor Drive in Phoenix, AZ.
Pinal County Historical Society Museum
The Pinal County
Historical Society Museum is a good first stop to orient
visitors before visiting Florence's historical district.
Florence was once an 1870s silver mining boomtown with a true
wild west heritage of stage coach robberies, shoot outs and even
a former Civil War spy. Our museum and library affords the
visitor a chance to explore these stories as well as view
artifacts of the area history and people. Historical items
include 1890’s cactus furniture, an 1884 square grand piano and
Apache playing cards. Rodeo exhibits highlight Florence’s
connection to the Madison Square Garden rodeos and Gene Autry.
Memorabilia and information about Western film star Tom Mix who
visited Florence often and was killed nearby, is on view.
Florence helped inspire Gus Arriola to create the comic strip
Gordo and an exhibit is included giving a taste of Florence’s
rich Hispanic heritage. The outdoor exhibit boasts a fine
collection of farm machinery, a blacksmith shop and a furnished
1928 homestead cabin. Of particular interest is our archive on
the Arizona State Prison in Florence and the 28 actual nooses
used for hangings at the prison. The double execution chair used
for the first gas chamber execution in Arizona can be seen,
along with items relating to Winnie Ruth Judd, the trunk
murderess of the 1930’s. A non-circulating library and archives
keeps rare and out of print books, documents, letters and
photographs about the area as well as Arizona Highways Magazines
dating back to 1937. To do extensive researching, call ahead for
an appointment. A private non profit museum, donations are
appreciated. Escorted tours available. Located at 715 Main
Street in Florence, AZ.
Superstition Mountain Museum
The museum preserves and protects the history of
the Superstition Mountain region, and the Apache Junction.
Historical artifacts and relics from the 1800's, as well as
extensive photo collections, and reproductions of historic Wells
Fargo offices, stage coaches and more. It is said people still
search here for the treasure of the Lost Dutchman Mines. The
museum is located at 4087 N. Apache Trail in Apache Junction,
Wells Fargo History Museum at Phoenix, AZ
Featuring the history of the Butterfield line
with artifacts, stagecoaches, telegraph exhibits and an art
gallery with Western artworks of N.C. Wyeth, the museum is
located at 100 W. Washington Street in Phoenix, AZ.
World's Smallest Museum
A unique road-side exhibit portraying ordinary
life, and extraordinary people that make up Arizona's history.
There is also a waterfall/memory lane, where they display a
certain person and their personal impact on the state of
Arizona. Located at 1111 W. US Hwy 60 in Superior, AZ.
Santa Cruz County
Pimeria Alta Museum
Operated by the Pimeria Alta Historical
Society in Nogales, the museum features photos, objects and
research materials related to the history of Santa Cruz County
and part of northern Mexico. The society holds lectures,
dinner events and social history gatherings. Located at
136 N. Grand Avenue in Nogales, AZ.
Tubac Presidio State Historic Park
The park marks the
site of the first European settlement in what later became the
state of Arizona and offers a museum, an archaeological
excavation exhibit, a territorial schoolhouse, an adobe row
house and more. Located on Presidio Drive in Tubac, AZ.
Tumacacori National Historic Park [Guided
Explore the mission church, cemetery and
grounds while learning of the first Europeans who settled in
Arizona and the Native Americans who lived there.
Fort Verde State Historic Park
The fort was home
to General Crooks Army in the 1800's, and visitors can
experience life as it was through the eyes of a soldier. With
furnishings, photos and other historical artifacts from the
1800's. Located in Camp Verde, AZ.
Mine Museum and Gift Shop
Opened in the
1950's this museum displays Jerome's past to the present.
Historical artifacts such as old mining equipment, saloons and
more. Located at 200 Main street in Jerome, AZ.
Sharlot Hall Museum [Museum
Founded by ,
Sharlot Mabridth Hall who was considered one of the most
remarkable women in the West, the museum features 7 restored
historic buildings, compelling exhibits, extensive collections
of photographs, and some beautiful gardens. Located at 415 W. Gurley St. in Prescott AZ.
Sedona Heritage Museum
The main museum
building is the original farm house of Walter and Ruth Jordan.
It tells the history of the first pioneers and how they lived.
One room commemorates more than 100 movies made in the area,
many golden age westerns. There are also lots of historic photos
and artifacts. Located at 735 Jordan Rd. in the Jordan
Sanguinetti House Museum
Built in the 1870s, the home was sold to E. F.
Sanguinetti in 1890. The family created a beautiful
Italian oasis which included bird aviaries. The aviaries
are still maintained today and there are displays and exhibits
related to the history of the lower Colorado River area.
240 Madison Avenue in Yuma, AZ.
Yuma Territorial Prison State Historic Park
Erected in 1876 by
the inmates who occupied it. Imprisoning over 3000
prisoners during it's 33 years of existance, the prison today is
a historic site offering tours. Special events sometimes
provide re-enactments and living history exhibits. Located at 1 Prison Hill
Road off I-8 in Yuma, AZ.
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