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Address: 1300 N College Ave, Tempe, AZ 85281-1211 (Formerly Arizona Historical Society Museum - Marley Center)
Phone Number:
+1 480-929-0292
12:00 - 16:00
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Sun 12:00 - 16:00
Tue - Sat 10:00 - 16:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

Home of the Centennial Museum, celebrating more than 100 years of Arizona...

Home of the Centennial Museum, celebrating more than 100 years of Arizona history. Exhibits focus on the history and growth of Central Arizona, particularly the metropolitan Phoenix area. Walk through exhibits that take you from territorial days through WWI and WWII, to modern times. Hands on exhibits for kids, gift shop and special programming throughout the year. New exhibits opening regularly.

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This museum deserves more visitors, it is really interesting to know how Arizona and especially Phoenix did start and grow The museum itself could be more inviting. Too bad the... read more

Reviewed 13 April 2017
Delft, The Netherlands
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Delft, The Netherlands
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221 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 April 2017 via mobile

This museum deserves more visitors, it is really interesting to know how Arizona and especially Phoenix did start and grow The museum itself could be more inviting. Too bad the headphones with music of the Valley were broken.

1 Thank maryde17
Phoenix, Arizona
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101 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 February 2017

I am amazed at how many little gems I find throughout Phoenix.. having been a resident-tourist for 35 years, I keep finding great places to visit! This is a Must-See for anyone truly interested in Arizona history! from the wild-west days through today, this museum is an excellent snapshot of AZ! allow about 2 hours.

1 Thank SKnBK
AZHeritageCtr, Director at AZ Heritage Center, responded to this review

So glad you enjoyed your visit! Thank you for sharing your experience. We hope you come back again soon; we are always changing up our exhibits and adding new programs. More 

Vancouver, Canada
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91 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 December 2016

We visited this center thanks to a cultural pass from the Library. What a pleasant surprise the museum presented. A large, attractive building houses a comprehensive history of Arizona on its second floor, primarily about the state's development from the 19th century to the present, though earlier contributions of Native Americans are also noted. While some people may already know... More 

3 Thank Pam M
Phoenix, Arizona
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133 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 October 2016

I have lived in Arizona for 4 years and this was my first visit to this museum. I went with 2 friends and we spend over 2 hours visiting this informative summary of how Arizona and Phoenix came to be. Since I have lived here, I have learned bits and pieces of Arizona's history, but this told so much more... More 

2 Thank Mary I
Chandler, Arizona
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Reviewed 17 August 2016

I have lived in AZ for 13 years and although I have many things to see on my list, this was my first visit to this museum. To begin, I was surprised at the size of the venue--- very large facility. We had an introduction by one of the staff who gave us a brief overview of the layout, the... More 

1 Thank Pat A
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37 reviews
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Reviewed 17 May 2016

Visited this museum on a Saturday using the Phoenix Public Library Culture Pass. The sign near the entrance stated that normal entrance fees would be $12/adults. I spent about 1.5 hours at the museum which has a natural history exhibit on the first floor with a history exhibit of the Phoenix area (mostly--there is some exhibits that include elsewhere). I... More 

Thank Brooks D
Phoenix, Arizona
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Reviewed 23 March 2016

This is no longer the AZ Historical Society Museum. The name was recently changed to Arizona Heritage Center. There are displays of artifacts from people who have made history in Arizona in the recent past (mid 1900's to present) and videos about them. There are also other interesting exhibits and a great research library.

1 Thank mariamne2016
phoenix, az
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Reviewed 7 March 2016

My husband and I spent a nice Sunday afternoon perusing the Arizona Historical Society Museum using a Cultural Pass from the local library. The place was mostly empty. The exhibits are well constructed and incorporate authentic memorabilia and artifacts from the specific eras discussed. I do have an issue with this museum's credibility due to the minimal references to indigenous... More 

1 Thank azairhead
Tempe, Arizona, United States
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205 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 February 2016 via mobile

I believe that this museum used to be great but it hasn't kept up with the times. The exhibits are interesting---I particularly enjoyed learning about Arizona during WWII---but they are dated and various interactive pieces no longer work throughout the entirety of the building. It is worth a visit if you have never been there before before but if you... More 

1 Thank WasteOfPaintt
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Reviewed 8 February 2016

We arrived on a Sunday and the parking lot was empty. We had the place to ourselves. Lots of admission discounts and I recall "2 for 1" on Tuesdays. Easy access off the main roadway. Two levels of exhibits. Nicely organized and in chronological order. Great way to present the history of the area - Roosevelt Dam and the Salt... More 

1 Thank Marty P

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