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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 #32 of 128 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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25 reviews 25 reviews
10 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

It has some historic exhibits about the Wells Fargo history and how it came to be. It has very unique merchandise and the best of them are the stagecoach . You can take photos inside the stagecoach and get inside. It is free admission.

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Bristol, England, United Kingdom
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62 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

You can whizz around this in an hour or so, but there's lots to see and learn about (history of Wells Fargo and mining in Arizona), an authentic stagecoach to look at, a stagecoach "ride" that you can go in (adults as well as kids!), and some interesting art works in the small gallery. Staff were lovely too.

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Ma
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92 reviews 92 reviews
31 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

I love it! It is small only takes an hour. The attendant was pleasant and knowledgeable. There is a stagecoach you can get in. A self camera to take you picture in front of real stagecoach and to put your face on a dollar bill and the print it out for you.

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Appleton, WI
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18 reviews 18 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

I stopped here looking for something to do while waiting for my flight. It has quite a bit of information regarding the history of WF. It's in a small area but jam packed with history. Worth the stop if you have time to kill.

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Los Angeles, California
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17 reviews 17 reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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60 reviews 60 reviews
14 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 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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17 reviews 17 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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21 reviews 21 reviews
9 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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
23 helpful votes 23 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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