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Arizona Capitol Museum

1700 W. Washington St, Phoenix, AZ 85007 (Central City)
+1 602-926-3620
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Ranked #45 of 94 Attractions in Phoenix
Type: History Museums, Museums
Owner description: Connecting People to Arizona Government - Past and Present ! Housed in the restored Capitol...
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Type: History Museums, Museums
Hours:
Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sat 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Owner description: Connecting People to Arizona Government - Past and Present ! 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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Madison, Wisconsin
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34 reviews 34 reviews
15 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

Let's start with this - after seeing 40 state capitols (actually touring each building) and coming from Wisconsin, where the Capitol dome is incredible - the Arizona capitol building is just average. The museum and history offered in the rooms surrounding the center dome helps explain more of the state's history and noteworthy personalities. Separate assembly and senate chambers are... More 

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AZ
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120 attraction reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

Historically interesting, architecturally different, fun Xmas ornaments and more. Its a fun diversion for a few hours. There's a large piece of petrified wood outside the front entrance.

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Chicago, Illinois
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62 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

We enjoyed our visit to the AZ Capital Museum. It was opened as a territory capital building in 1900. It became too small for the State Capital in the 1970s. It is nice that the State turned it into a museum vs tearing it down. The State has done a nice job to explain the functions of the government, State... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014 via mobile

I have visited all the Southern US state from the Pacific to the Atlantic and love to go to the state Capital museums but this one is underwhelming. The architecture of the building is good and they should make more of the restoration other than a few architects plans. I love Arizona and have visited many times but this museum... More 

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Orland Park, Illinois
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100 attraction reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

Arizona represents my 31st State Capitol visit so far. I hate to say it, but I rank this one 30 out of 31 so far. Unlike most of the Capitols, the building doesn't house the House of Representatives, the Senate, the State Supreme Court or the Governor's office. Basically, it's a museum. The legislative chambers are located close by--and I... More 

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Savannah, Georgia
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136 reviews 136 reviews
61 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Now this is a curiosity - a state capitol that is no longer a working capitol. I've seen some that only house the executive branch, but Arizona has truly broken the mold by moving all branches of government out of its historical capitol. Of course, the Executive Tower is connected to the capitol and it is flanked by the legislative... More 

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Payson, Arizona
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34 reviews 34 reviews
6 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

The Museum has always been a favorite of mine, never mind that I work in the Soviet style looking building next door to the north. Not familiar with Arizona? This is the place to visit! They have remodeled and updated their exhibits and have done a terrific job! While your at Capitol Plaza, stroll through the rose garden's and over... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

I try to visit all of the state capitals when I travel. It helps my daughter learn them and it also gives you a nice history lesson for the state your are visiting and US history in general. While this was not the best capital I have visited, it was still very nice. It is unusual to be in a... More 

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Arlington, Texas
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45 reviews 45 reviews
27 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

I always visit the Capitols of the states or countries I visit. It gives me a better understanding of their past, present and future. This one was a little difficult to find (with GPS), and is somehow different than many others I've been in before. Yes, it is a museum, and I wasn't prepared for that. I am glad hey... More 

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Fort Worth, Texas
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144 helpful votes 144 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

Never have I had to work so hard to find a state’s capitol building. Never have I visited a capital city that has made so little of its capitol grounds and building. When we made our way to the capitol, the tour of the building proved at times underwhelming. First, there are two capitols – the old one which dates... More 

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