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Arizona Capitol Museum

1700 W. Washington, Phoenix, AZ 85007 (Central City)
602-926-3620
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Ranked #48 of 128 attractions in Phoenix
Type: Museums, History Museums
Owner description: Housed in the restored Capitol Building, this museum presents programs and exhibits about the government of the Arizona Territory and the early days... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Los Angeles, California
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82 reviews 82 reviews
38 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 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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357 reviews 357 reviews
152 attraction reviews
183 helpful votes 183 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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27 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
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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51 attraction reviews
188 helpful votes 188 helpful votes
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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Cumming, GA
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72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2013

Beautiful building, with a fantastic (and free) museum. I didn't realize this was the "old" capitol, but I found it very interesting. It was built when AZ was still just a territory. Great exhibits explaining the process that Arizona had to got through to be a state. Also - there's a flag that Teddy Roosevelt carried when he gathered the... More

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Melbourne, Florida
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2013

Very nice 4 story building (the old capital). The staff was very helpful and nice. The building is full of informative stuff about Arizona and how it became what it is today. Check it out, give yourself at least 2 hrs. The memorial park near the parking lot is also a great little find.

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Glendale, Arizona
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2013

Not too bad for a free tour! Great architecture, historical courtroom, three stories of stuff, a Frank Lloyd Wright model of what "could have been" an upgrade to the building.

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Sanborn, New York
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2013

Loved the museum. We went to experience the 100th anniversary of AZ. The history was enjoyable. Learned a lot, but I would have liked to stay longer.

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