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Arizona Capitol Museum

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Neighborhood: Central City
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Address: 1700 W. Washington St, Phoenix, AZ 85007
Phone Number: +1 602-926-3620
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9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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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 !

Housed in the...

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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Interesting and informative

It takes about 2 hours to really see and read everything on all 4 floors. The library was the most interesting to me- mainly because the librarian took the time to answer... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Jackie B

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

It takes about 2 hours to really see and read everything on all 4 floors. The library was the most interesting to me- mainly because the librarian took the time to answer questions and explain his job. It is mostly a do-it-yourself tour unless you are with a group but the information plaques are most helpful.

Thank Jackie B
Newmarket, New Hampshire
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21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This museum houses a great collection of silver serving pieces from the USS Arizona as well as many other interesting historical pieces. The museum is housed in the original capitol building. It is situated next to the administrative offices for the state. The current house and Senate chambers are located outside the administrative offices in separate buildings. You can view... More 

Thank maryo498
Scottsdale, Arizona
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111 reviews
40 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Right near the current state legislature (that look like East German Buildings), and has great historical significance. Simple display of the short state and territorial history of Arizona/

2 Thank VV_AV8R
McMinnville, United States
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80 reviews
42 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

A good over view of Arizona history. Some parts need updating but worth stopping in and learning about Arizona and the people

2 Thank Larry B
Bonney Lake, Washington
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51 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016

We stopped by to visit the Arizona State Capitol in Phoenix and were surprised that the original capitol building is now a museum. Since it outgrew the original building they had to add additional buildings to facilitate their government personnel. The original building is now a museum that is surrounded by a newer capitol addition that houses the governors office... More 

2 Thank Darrell S
Bonney Lake, Washington
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389 reviews
110 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016

We were surprised to find the Capitol was now a museum but apparently Arizona's leaders have outgrown the space and moved to larger offices. It was impressive though and we enjoyed the abundant photos and informational postings. The memorial park across from the Capitol Museum was equally impressive and the combination of the two sites comprised our favorite slice of... More 

2 Thank Sandra S
Phoenix, Arizona
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137 reviews
51 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016

This is a great historical visit. It is a three floor museum showing the old seat for the AZ State Governor, Senate, House of Representatives and AZ Supreme Court. It contains a lot of history and shows you where they worked back then. Excellent place if you are a history buff or just want to see where Arizona got its... More 

1 Thank Briman747
Seattle, Washington
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31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2015

The original capital building was completed in 1900, twelve years before Arizona became a state. It was interesting to see how many times the territorial capital was moved about the state until it finally "stuck" in Phoenix. The cost of the original capital building was less than $136,000; we had recently gone to a RV Show in Phoenix, and for... More 

1 Thank coffeetime69
Malvern, Pennsylvania
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77 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 370 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2015

This is a decent no-frills museum that is great for Arizona history buffs. In addition they're considerable exhibits on the U.S.S. Arizona. The actual, modern day Capitol (Governors Office and Executive branch) is located in the separate Executive Tower behind (west) of the old Capitol (now museum). The modern day AZ Senate and House are in separate buildings located in... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2015

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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