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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 #46 of 128 Attractions in Phoenix
Type: Museums, History Museums
Owner description: Connecting People to Arizona Government - Past and Present ! Housed in the restored Capitol Building, this museum presents programs and exhibits... more » 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 « less
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Savannah, Georgia
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105 reviews 105 reviews
51 attraction reviews
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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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28 reviews 28 reviews
6 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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27 reviews 27 reviews
17 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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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57 attraction reviews
140 helpful votes 140 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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Nashville, TN
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

We enjoy visiting state capitol buildings, and when visiting capital cities we always plan to visit the statehouse. The state of Arizona is unique in that the structure that one expects to see as a capitol building is no longer the seat of government. The beautiful domed 1901 building has been made into a state museum. A garden plaza in... More

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Katy, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2014

Free admission, beautiful courtyard in front commemorating heroes and events of World War II as well as the Vietnam War and 9-11. Plenty to learn and interesting exhibits on the inside that weren't too overwhelming with information, but rather simply organized and many of the meeting rooms were left untouched. Not too busy and go at your own pace.

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Los Angeles, California
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2014

This is a charming museum housed in the state capitol building. There are detailed history and artifacts from Arizona's past. There are several monuments extending well beyond the grounds of the capitol building dedicated to military personnel lost in several wars. There are also pieces from the Arizona battleship destroyed in WWII. Enjoyable for the whole family.

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New York City, New York
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197 attraction reviews
273 helpful votes 273 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2014

Yep, that's what you have to do, go through Security (two sets) in order to get to the museum, co-existing with current government offices. But it's worth it: the building itself is architecturally impressive, it was the actual Capitol when Arizona became state in 1912. Four floors of exhibits take you through the history of the state in somewhat random... More

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Orange, CT
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2014

We visited the State Capitol Museum, which is the "old" state capitol (the current working capitol is no more interesting than an ordinary office building). First, the good points: parking is free, plentiful and very convenient to the building. The memorial park across the street in front of the Capitol Museum is beautiful, with many interesting statues, plaques and memorials,... More

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