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Arizona Capitol Museum

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Address: 1700 W. Washington St, Phoenix, AZ 85007
Phone Number: +1 602-926-3620
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Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sat 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Connecting People to Arizona Government - Past and Present...

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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The Arizona State Capitol and museum are housed in the last territorial Capitol building, built between 1898-1901. It is picturesquely located at the end of palm-lined Washington... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Kingwood, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Took a free, self-guided tour. So many interesting facts--the dome is not copper, but rather wood painted a copper color. There are artifacts from the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Cool story about how President Taft was tricked. Do take the time to visit, I don't think you will regret it.

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Kingwood, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Arizona State Capitol and museum are housed in the last territorial Capitol building, built between 1898-1901. It is picturesquely located at the end of palm-lined Washington Avenue and abuts Wesley Bolin Memorial park. There is plentiful parking at the park (but we were there early) which is but a few minutes walk to the Capitol. The first floor has... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Sometimes expectations are low when an attraction is free. Sure, the AZ Capitol Museum doesn't have all the bells and whistles of a modern, paid-entry museum. But what this darling little place lacks in technology it makes up for in comprehensiveness. As a recent transplant to AZ, I appreciated learning the history of the state and having it all laid... More 

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Burlington, Iowa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Enjoyed visiting the Capitol Museum and seeing the way it was way back then. Layout is easy to navigate and displays are interesting and educational.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Really enjoyed all the memorials on the grounds around the old Capitol. The memorial to the ships, the Arizona and Missouri, were especially well done. The Capitol is nice, but could use some refurbishing to make it outstanding.

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Williamsburg, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This site is like a movie set for something like "Inherit the Wind". It was satisfying that no one has tried to modernize this stately structure, frozen in time. You only need a half hour or so to appreciate a lot of history and atmosphere. Be sure and take the antiquated elevator to the third (?) floor to view the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The museum is free. The parking around the museum is free. It's located just outside of downtown Phoenix. You can ride public transportation (for free) from the city down to the Capitol Museum. The museum is four floors and has tons of information about the city and state that you can read about. We spent about two hours there but... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Very few people, even Arizonans and Phoenicians, realize this museum exists because they see it on the news as the State Capitol!. This museum is free, parking is free at Wesley Bolin Plaza across the street, so there is little excuse to not explore. Once inside this structure (which looks amazingly like a museum in Chicago) visitors are brought a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015

The Arizona Capitol Museum is definitely worth a visit. The old courthouse has the lovely and comforting scent of the past and the exhibits are very informative and interesting. If you want to eat there is a cafeteria downstairs which is very reasonable but be aware that you will have to go through security when you leave the old courthouse... More 

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

Interesting museum devoted to the development of Arizona and its statehood. Displays of Arizona's contributions to war efforts, early Arizona, its' commerce, and people that shaped it's beginnings. Allow an hour or so to view the museum if you're downtown in the Capital area.

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