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Best Phoenix Area Museums

By AZ Leisure Staff Writers

Following are listing, description and links to the most popular museums in the Greater Phoenix area including those in Phoenix, Scottsdale, East Valley and West Valley cities. Also see Phoenix Performing Arts.

Area Museums - Adobe Mountain Railroad Museum

Adobe Mountain Railroad Museum

Displays include small, narrow gauge 1884 locomotive, model railroad layouts and prototype historical displays. Open Dec.-April; 9:00 a.m. to noon.

Area Museums - Arizona Capitol Museum

Arizona Capitol Museum

Presents events and programs on government in the Arizona Territory and early Statehood days. Museum Store, Visitor Lounge and patio grounds. Admission is Free Monday-Friday, 8:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.

Area Museums - Arizona Doll and Toy Museum

Arizona Doll and Toy Museum

Displays dolls, dollhouses, miniatures and toys from yesteryear. An authentic schoolroom of 1912 features antique dolls as "students". Located in historical Heritage Square. Open Tues - Sat; 10 am-4 pm.

Area Museums - Arizona Historical Society

Arizona Historical Society

With over 28,000 items in the collection this is a wonderful place to visit. Located at Papago Park this museum puts a special emphasis on the 20th Century. Tues - Sat; 10 am-4 pm, Sun noon -4 pm.

Area Museums - Arizona Military Museum

Arizona Military Museum

"Lest We Forget" to remember those in uniformed military service. The Museum has displays of uniforms, vehicles, artillery and mementos. Sat and Sun 1 - 4 pm. At Papago Park Military Reservation.

Area Museums - Arizona Mining & Mineral Museum

Arizona Mining & Mineral Museum

The Museum exhibits over 3,000 minerals educating visitors about Arizona's mining and mineral heritage. Weekdays 8 am-5 pm; Sat 11 am-4 pm. Located on the NW corner of 15th Ave and Washington.

Area Museums - Arizona Museum For Youth

Arizona Museum For Youth

An innovative, nationally recognized fine arts museum for children. The museum's art gallery is for children ages 4-12. Come and bring the kids often for a great day. Open Tues - Sun 9 am-5 pm.

Area Museums - Arizona Science Center

Arizona Science Center

A hands-on, eye-opening fun center with more than 300 interactive exhibits, state-of-the-art planetarium, a five-story giant screen theater, live demonstrations and traveling exhibitions. Open daily 10 am-5 pm.

Area Museums - ASU 1907 Archives Gallery

ASU 1907 Archives Gallery

Showcases historical photographs, manuscripts and ephemera relating to the history of Arizona. Periodically changing traveling exhibits are also featured. Open Monday-Friday; 10 am-5 pm.

Area Museums - ASU Art Museum

ASU Art Museum

This acclaimed Museum offers American, Contemporary and Latin American art and craft. Located on the ASU campus and open Tuesdays & Wednesdays 10 am-5 pm.

Area Museums - Cave Creek Museum

Cave Creek Museum

The museum is living history of pioneer living, ranching and mining. Indian artifacts from Hohokam, Yavapai and Apache. See a restored 1920s tuberculosis cabin and a 1940s church.

Area Museums - Chandler Museum

Chandler Museum

The museum preserves the rich history and heritage of Chandler Arizona. Special events and new exhibits continually. Located in historic downtown Chandler. Hours: Wednesday - Saturday; 11 am - 4 pm.

Area Museums - George Washington Carver Museum & Cultural Center

George Washington Carver Museum

The museum showcases the talents of emerging youth artists, local, regional and renowned visual and performing artists. Open Mon - Fri; 10 am - 3 pm.

Area Museums - Hall Of Flame Museum of Firefighting

Hall Of Flame Museum of Firefighting

Almost and acre of fire history exhibits with over 90 fully restored pieces of fire apparatus dating back to 1725. There is also a gallery dedicated to wildfire firefighting. Located in the Phoenix Papago Park.

Area Museums - Heard Museum

Heard Museum

This is one of the best places in Arizona to experience the cultures and art of Southwestern Native Americans. Enjoy the talent of Native American dancers. Open Mon - Sat; 9:30 am - 5 pm.

Area Museums - Heritage & Science Park

Heritage & Science Park

The only remaining group of homes from the original town site of Phoenix. Museums, gift shops and restaurants housed in buildings from the 1800s. Open Tuesday - Sat 10 am - 4 pm. Sun noon - 4 pm.

Area Museums - Historic Sahuaro Ranch

Historic Sahuaro Ranch

The oldest and best preserved 1885 homestead. Sahuaro Ranch's historic area transports you to another time. Open Sept. - May; Wednesday - Friday 10 am - 2 pm. Sunday 9 am - 4-pm.

Area Museums - Hoo-hoogam Ki Museum

Hoo-hoogam Ki Museum

Enjoy the cultural heritage of Salt River Pima-Maricopa Communities from the times of the ancient Hohokam. The museum is open Monday - Friday; 9:30 am - 4:30 pm.

Area Museums - Phoenix Art Museum

Phoenix Art Museum

The Museum’s collection includes almost 16,000 artworks that span the centuries. Bring the children to experience the interactive-child friendly gallery. See international exhibits and have lunch at the Café.

Area Museums - Phoenix Museum of History

Phoenix Museum of History

Visitors of all ages enjoy interactive and educational exhibits showing Phoenix's metamorphous from barren desert town to a modern metropolis. Open Tuesday - Saturday 10 am - 5 pm.

Area Museums - Phoenix Police Museum

Phoenix Police Museum

The museum features a mach-up of an early 1900s police station as well as a 1919 Ford Model T Police Car. Monday - Friday; 9:30 am - 4 pm.

Area Museums - River of Time Museum

River of Time Museum

Features history of lower Verde Valley, including geology, ancient Indians, trappers, miners, cowboys and modern day development along the Verde and Salt Rivers. Open Wed - Sat; 1 pm - 4 pm.

Area Museums - Scottsdale Historical Museum

Scottsdale Historical Museum

Permanent exhibits of Winfield Scott and local history of Scottsdale Arizona, housed in a restored little red schoolhouse in Old Town Scottsdale. Hours: Wed - Sat 10 am-5 pm. Sun noon - 4 pm.

Area Museums - Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art

Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art

Paintings, photographs and sculpture are just some of the talent you'll see at this art museum. The museum presents a wide variety of educational programs and special events for the entire family.

Area Museums - Superstition Mountain Museum

Superstition Mountain Museum

Located in Goldfield Ghost Town the museum preserves and displays the artifacts, history and folklore of the Superstition Mountains. Learn the legend of the Lost Dutchman's mine.

Area Museums - West Valley Art Museum

West Valley Art Museum

Key focus of the Museum is Ethnic dress, textiles and Ethnographic Arts. The Museum's Classic Café is exceptional. Located at 114th Avenue and Bell Road. Hours: Tuesday - Saturday; 10 am - 4 pm.

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