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Wells Fargo History Museum

100 W. Washington St., Phoenix, AZ 85004 (Central City)
602 378 1852
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Ranked #31 of 129 attractions in Phoenix
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty Museums, History Museums
Owner description: Celebrating Wells Fargo’s role in Arizona’s colorful history, the Wells Fargo History Museum is just steps away from popular downtown Phoenix... more » Owner description: Celebrating Wells Fargo’s role in Arizona’s colorful history, the Wells Fargo History Museum is just steps away from popular downtown Phoenix attractions. The collection includes an authentic 19th century stagecoach, a replica stagecoach you can climb aboard, gold and precious minerals, a replica mine shaft, antique firearms, working telegraph and more. Along with the world’s largest collection of famed illustrator N.C. Wyeth’s western themed work. Admission is always free, tours are available with reservations. « less
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Los Angeles, California
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17 reviews 17 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

For a history dweeb such as myself, this was a cool place. I drug the family along for the ride, and out of the 110 degree heat, for a surprisingly fun little museum. Stagecoaches, free pictures, and some nifty displays (do you know why the call it "cutting a check?") make this a really fun stop. Go straight from here... More

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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57 reviews 57 reviews
12 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014 via mobile

This place was amazing. Located right in downtown, we nearly missed it. There is not a lot of signage, so make sure you look for it. It is certainly worth the time. Really cool historical look at the early days of the Wells Fargo stage coach and the passengers and gold they hauled. If you love history, you will love... More

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Bend, Oregon
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

We were in Phoenix for something else and happened upon this museum. It's free and has many displays. They provide a free audio tour of all the exhibits. My wife and I found it fascinating and well worth the 1.5 hours we spent there. You can spend more or less time as you tour at your leisure.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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19 reviews 19 reviews
7 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

This museum is a gem. It is full of interesting history of Wells Fargo including short films and actual artifacts from the "old West". Having been to the Brandywine River Museum in Chadds Ford, PA and old enough to remember the book picture plates of N.C. Wyeth, we came to the museum to see Wyeth's paintings of the West which... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2014 via mobile

The Wells Fargo museum is a worth while stop to see how the company once operated. It's nice to see the pictures, strong boxes, wagons, and memorabilia of days gone by. It is a free museum so no excuse not to make a stop.

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Victoria, Canada
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22 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2014

Its not big, its free and it has plenty of excellent historic information if you love learning about the west and how it was opened up in the 1800's. All on one level and could take between 30 minutes to an hour if you read all the information plaques. Good for young and old alike and just down the block... More

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Dallas, Texas
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150 attraction reviews
152 helpful votes 152 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2014

We just accidentally saw this museum while walking around downtown Phoenix, and were delighted by the quality. It was very small but informative about the history of Wells Fargo in the early days. There is an actual stagecoach as well as a wall display of several guns and other artifacts from the days of the old west. It was absolutely... More

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Des Moines, Iowa
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53 reviews 53 reviews
27 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2013

This museum is not the largest one we've ever seen but it certainly has a lot of history contained in its artifacts. Scales, money bags, vaults, stagecoaches (of course) gold boxes, etc all help tell the tale of the early days of transportation in America. I enjoyed all the quotes from people of the era who had to travel in... More

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Oconomowoc, Wisconsin
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2013

We enjoyed the Museum. Very interesting history and depiction of the Pony Express. Easy walking through exhibits.

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Palm Coast.
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149 helpful votes 149 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2013

Killing time during a 9-hour flight layover, we rode the Metro into Phoenix looking for something to do and saw signage directing us to the Wells Fargo History Museum. We were pleasantly surprised that there is no admission fee. Museum artifacts are authentic, plentiful and varied, relating the history of the company back to its origins with William Fargo and... More

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