AZ Historical Society Museum in Papago Park

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A jeep and a World War II cut out.If you like baseball, cannons, solar cells, or World War II then the Arizona Historical Museum will be a dream date. This museum features exhibits on the role of the aforementioned items in Arizona history plus exhibits on transportation, Sandra Day O'Conner, and Papago Park. The mix of artifacts and information is interesting and far from typical.

A phone exhibitWe spent two leisurely hours in the museum. The exhibits aren't large, so you can peruse at a gentle pace and still see everything.  Some of the exhibits are simply pictures and short biographies of important people from Arizona.  Give yourself extra time if you want to read all of theses. 

One exhibit holds jerseys, photos, and memorabilia from the Cactus League.  Another is built like a mini-Phoenix and houses objects from historical buildings to information on the growth and changing building styles in Phoenix.  There is also a World War II exhibit.  Did you know there was a large camp for prisoners of war in Phoenix?

The village
The village

Baseball memoribilia
Exhibit on the Cactus League

Tickets are just $5 each.  The Museum is open on Tuesday-Saturday from 10 to 4, on Sunday from noon to 4.  If you have a Phoenix or Scottsdale library card, you can check out a Culture Pass with free admission for two people.  Or visit on the second Tuesday of the month for BOGO free admission.

AZ Historical Society Museum at Papago Park
1300 N. College Ave.
Tempe, AZ 85281

http://www.arizonahistoricalsociety.org/museums/tempe/

 

Items of interest from the days when Arizona became a territory and later a state.


Outdoor exhibit on Papago Park.

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