Arizona Capitol Museum
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Monday
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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Celebrating Arizona's vibrant cultural heritage through history! Housed in the restored Capitol Building, this museum presents programs and exhibits about the government of the Arizona Territory and the early days of statehood. Always FREE Admission Open: Monday through Friday 9am - 4pm
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Sally C.
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Aug. 2022
The Arizona State Capitol has many interesting displays! They just opened a Buffalo Soldiers exhibit! The train room is amazing. Several historical society members are available for information and questions. The original flag and part of the ship of the USS Arizona is on display in a room dedicated to the ship. You can view the Historic Governor's Office and the Historic House of Representatives. There is plenty of nearby parking.
Written August 24, 2022
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Cowboydavy115
Spokane, WA302 contributions
May 2022
We started visiting State Capitols and found out there's a stamp book for all State Capitols like the National Park Passport books. We hope to visit all 50 capitols, so while we were in the Phoenix area, we went to the State Capitol Museum. This is a very historical attraction and It's worth the trip since it's free. There are plenty of interesting exhibits along with a scale HO train display showing the history of the Phoenix area. What I wanted to see was the U.S.S. Arizona memorial. Here is an anchor and one of the guns from the real ship U.S.S. Arizonia that sits in Peral Harbor. There are several other memorials to Police, Firefighters. U.S. Forest Service, along with all the names of the sailors lost on the U.S.S. Arizonia. There are other memorial in this Memorial Park that are worth seeing. Visiting this whole complex is worth the trip
Written July 21, 2022
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Melanie A
13 contributions
Apr. 2022
The building itself is interesting. A docent pointed out a few of the finishes of the tiling and baseboards. We enjoyed the evolving train exhibit. The docent who is actively involved in the creation of this exhibit, was very informative about the towns this exhibit represents. Having grown up in Hawaii where the history of the USS Arizona is part of our history, it was interesting to see the silver service collection and pre Pearl Harbor history of this great ship. The history of the Japanese internment was well represented … and sad. The women’s history was interesting too. As a history buff and a lover of museums, this museum is well worth visiting. We were delighted to find that it was free!
Written May 2, 2022
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Dave S
Omaha, NE179 contributions
Apr. 2022 • Family
This was our 45th visit to a state capitol. It was very easy to find and parking was free and easy. We had fantastic weather. The memorial park to the east is very nice and worth visiting. The old capitol has been nicely restored and is free. Everything is self-guided. After the museum, we were able to visit the galleries for the nearby House and Senate buildings. We spent a couple of hours at the capitol.
Written April 6, 2022
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wife2abadge
Grand Rapids, MI113 contributions
Mar. 2022 • Family
There were a lot of great exhibits on the history of Arizona. The miniature train was really great, and will be fantastic when it's done. We went next door to see the current day Senate chamber.
Written March 10, 2022
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harryatkck
Kansas City, KS936 contributions
Feb. 2022
This is the old Arizona capital building & it's transformation into a museum is a model for other states. All of the exhibits are lighted well, have detailed descriptions & there was always somebody close by to help you if needed. There is plenty of free parking close by & admission is free. Come here if you are in Phoenix.
Written March 9, 2022
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TheExplorerFamily
Somerset, NJ6,336 contributions
Oct. 2021
We always visit the State Capitol Buildings whenever we find ourselves in a State’s Capital City. This one was much smaller looking compared to the ones we have visited in other cities, -- yet it was very impressive in many other ways.

Initially, all the three Branches of the State Government were housed in here occupying the four floors. But, soon the House of Representatives and the Senate moved to their own buildings on either side of this main one. Today, the original Capitol is a Museum that uses a balance of technology, history and public education programs to help the visitors learn about the culture, the history and the politics of this State. The four floors have more than 20 exhibition areas, plus a Gift Store.

Four of us family members were the only ones there on the week day that we came. So, we were able to look at, and examine, everything at our leisure and to our heart’s content.

Every exhibit on every floor is informative and nicely done. Every sculpture and all the artwork tells a story with plaques. They even have an entire room devoted to the USS Arizona – the ill-fated ship that now lies at the bottom of Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. The silver that was removed for cleaning before the ship sank is now shiny and well preserved here in glass cases.

Many other pivotal moments in the history of Arizona have a beautifully documented place here – Sandra Day O’Connor’s courtroom, the Speaker’s Chair, the Suffragists, etc.

The Rotunda is topped with a weather Vane that resembles the “Winged Victory”, and can be seen from any of the balconies overlooking the main circular area.

The Grounds outside also have tons of exhibits – Sculptures, the Bill of Rights carved onto large granite stones, and the Liberty Bell.

We spent over two hours here and loved every minute. So glad we were able to do so.
Written November 13, 2021
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Robby G C
Toronto, Canada78,235 contributions
Mar. 2020
We had a guide and he did really well.

When we entered we saw the balcony. It was really beautiful!

There were paintings and see the beautiful arts to enjoy!

In these days women wanted to start to be part of the capitol.

There were wars with Mexicans. The Americans won!

We could enjoy and learn about this place and i liked it.

After a time they let us to visit everything. That was cool! We could go everywhere.

It is still beautiful. Wow!
Written December 25, 2020
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Robby G C
Toronto, Canada78,235 contributions
Mar. 2020
The people of Phoenix were happy. They had made the bill of rights at the Wesley Bolin Memorial Park.

They put their rights on obelix's, with their rights. Everybody could look at at the obelix and get to know the rights. It seems it was great!

Worthwhile to see!
Written August 31, 2020
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Jturner
Okanogan, WA26 contributions
Mar. 2020
We do state museums in every state we visit. This one was very well done. We learned a lot about Arizona's history that we did not know. Set up as it was back in the day.
Written March 31, 2020
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