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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 #52 of 129 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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Arlington, Texas
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22 reviews 22 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014 NEW

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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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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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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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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Toronto, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2013

Capitol buildings are usually well worth seeing, as there has been no taxpayer-expense spared to show off the "great state". This one is a serious disappointment. The old building was pretty uninteresting to begin with; the new buildings are about as dull as modern buildings get. At least they kept the old one as a museum. Thing is, it's all... More

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Los Angeles, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2013

I visited the Arizona Capitol Museum in July 2013 with my family, we found the museum to be worth the visit, but nothing real special. The museum and parking are both free, it's located in the old Capitol building, which is four stories. It's a self guided tour, and it's best to start at the top and work your way... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2013 via mobile

The museum was free, and the architecture was nice, but covered up by the hideous new Capitol offices. The tour guides were either disinterested or way too peppy, nothing in between. Unless early Arizona history is REALLY your thing, maybe skip this one or just take some puctures outside.

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