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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 #55 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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London, United Kingdom
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78 reviews 78 reviews
43 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 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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74 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 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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54 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 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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30 reviews 30 reviews
6 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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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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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Nashville, TN
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526 helpful votes 526 helpful votes
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 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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41 attraction reviews
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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