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Phoenix

Sightseeing, museums & tourist attractions

Phoenix

Arizona Hall of Fame

This free museum hosts a programme of temporary exhibits about the lives and achievements of notable public figures.

Carnegie Library, 1101 W Washington Street, Phoenix
Tel (602) 255 2110
Admission free
Open Mon-Fri 8am-5pm

Arizona Science Center

This science museum features an IMAX theatre, a planetarium and galleries with 350 interactive exhibits.

600 E Washington Street, Phoenix
Tel (602) 716 2000
Website www.azscience.org
Admission $8
Open 10am-5pm daily

Heard Museum

The Heard Museum is one of the best places to learn about Native American history and culture.

2301 N Central Avenue, Phoenix
Tel (602) 252 8840
Website www.heard.org
Admission $7
Open 9.30am-5pm daily

Phoenix Art Museum

This excellent museum features exhibits spanning seven centuries of art.

1625 N Central Avenue, Phoenix
Tel (602) 257 1880
Website www.phxart.org
Admission $7
Open Mon-Wed 10am-5pm, Thu 10am-9pm, Fri-Sun 10am-5pm

Phoenix Museum of History

The Phoenix Museum of History has well presented exhibits that date back 2000 years.

105 N 5th Street, Phoenix
Tel (602) 253 2734
Admission $5
Open Mon-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun noon-5pm

Pueblo Grande Museum

This museum focuses on the adjoining archaeological site that features a partially excavated Hohokam village that is believed to have been abandoned around AD 1450.

4619 E Washington Street, Phoenix
Tel (602) 495 0901
Website www.pueblogrande.com
Admission $2
Open Mon-Sat 9am-4.45pm, Sun 1pm-4.45pm

Scottsdale

Many people consider Scottsdale to be more than just a suburb of Phoenix and Scottsdale’s ‘Old Town’ has considerably more charm than downtown Phoenix – even though the oldest buildings in ‘Old Town’ date only to the early 20th century.

Scottsdale Historical Museum

This small museum has exhibits on the history of Scottsdale.

7333 Scottsdale Mall, Scottsdale
Tel (480) 945 4499

Website www.scottsdalemuseum.com
Admission free
Open Jan-Jun & Sep-Dec Wed-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun noon-4pm

Fleischer Museum

This small art museum focuses on American Impressionism.

17207 N Perimeter Drive, Scottsdale
Tel (480) 585 3108
Admission free
Open 10am-4pm daily

Rawhide

This outdoor museum is a re-created town depicting life in the Wild West during the late 1800s. It is located 22.5km north of downtown Scottsdale.

23023 N Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale
Tel (480) 502 5600
Website www.rawhide.com
Admission $5
Open Jan-May 3pm-10pm daily; Jun-Sep 5pm-10pm daily; Oct-Dec 3pm-10pm daily

Tempe

Located southeast of Sky Harbor Airport, Tempe is home to the large Arizona State University (ASU) and many of Tempe’s attractions are related to ASU.

ASU Art Museum

This museum has a wide collection of American and European art and also hostel temporary exhibits.

Nelson Fine Arts Center, corner 10th Street & Mill Avenue, Tempe
Tel (480) 965 2787
Admission free
Open Tue 10am-9pm, Wed-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 1pm-5pm

ASU Geology Museum

This museum displays a collection of rocks and dinosaur bones.

University Drive, Tempe
Tel (480) 965 7065
Admission free
Open Mon-Fri 9am-noon

Tempe Historical Museum

This small museum has exhibits on local history and pre-history.

809 E Southern Avenue, Tempe
Tel (480) 350 5100
Admission by donation
Open Mon-Thu & Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 1pm-5pm

Mesa

Mesa Southwest Museum

The Mesa Southwest Museum has exhibits on history of the southwest USA.

53 N MacDonald, Mesa
Tel (480) 644 2230
Admission $6
Open Tue-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 1pm-5pm

Champlin Fighter Aircraft Museum

This museum has a collection of 33 aircraft that have seen action in conflict WWI to the Vietnam War.

4800 E McKellips Road, Mesa
Tel (480) 830 4540
Admission $6.50
Open summer 8.30am-3.30pm daily; winter 10am-5pm daily

 


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