List of major museums in the Metropolitan Phoenix area including Scottsdale, Mesa, Tempe, Carefree, Glendale, Chandler, and others.
23280 North 43rd Ave, Ste. 75 – Glendale, Arizona
Displays include small, narrow gauge 1884 locomotive, model railroad layouts and prototype historical displays. Open Dec.-April; 9:00 a.m.-noon.
1700 W. Washington Street – Phoenix, Arizona
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.
Arizona Doll and Toy Museum
602 E. Adams Street – Phoenix, Arizona
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.
1300 N. College Avenue – Tempe, Arizona
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.
5656 E. McDowell Road – Phoenix, Arizona
“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.
Arizona Mining & Mineral Museum
1502 W. Washington Street – Phoenix, Arizona
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.
35 North Robson Street – Mesa, Arizona
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.
600 E. Washington Street – Phoenix, Arizona
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.
ASU Hayden Library – Tempe, Arizona
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.
ASU Nelson Fine Arts Center – Tempe, Arizona
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.
6140 E. Skyline Drive – Cave Creek, Arizona
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.
178 E. Commonwealth Avenue – Chandler, Arizona
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.
415 E. Grant Street – Phoenix, Arizona
The museum showcases the talents of emerging youth artists, local, regional and renowned visual and performing artists. Open Mon – Fri; 10 am – 3 pm.
6101 E. Van Buren Street – Phoenix, Arizona
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.
2301 N. Central Avenue – Phoenix, Arizona
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.
115 N. 6th Street – Phoenix, Arizona
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.
9802 N. 59th Avenue – Glendale, Arizona
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.
Hoo-hoogam Ki Museum
10005 E. Osborn Road – Scottsdale, Arizona
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.
1625 N. Central Avenue – Phoenix, Arizona
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.
105 N. 5th Street – Phoenix, Arizona
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.
101 S. Central Avenue #100 – Phoenix, Arizona
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.
River of Time Museum
12901 N. LaMontana Blvd – Fountain Hills, AZ
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.
7333 E. Scottsdale Mall – Scottsdale, Arizona
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.
7374 E. Second Street – Scottsdale, Arizona
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.
4087 N. Apache Trail – Apache Junction, Arizona
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.