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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 #29 of 128 attractions in Phoenix
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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Bend, Oregon
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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Sooke
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41 reviews 41 reviews
21 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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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267 reviews 267 reviews
132 attraction reviews
130 helpful votes 130 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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46 reviews 46 reviews
24 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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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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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60 attraction reviews
92 helpful votes 92 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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Arlington, Virginia
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79 attraction reviews
115 helpful votes 115 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2013 via mobile

The Wells Fargo Museum will only take an hour or so to see, but it's interesting and free and has something for everyone. The museum has exhibits and artifacts relating to the a Wells Fargo's operations in the American West from 1850-2000. The company started out delivering mail and passengers to the Western states and territories, but expanded operations into... More

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Los Angeles, California
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56 attraction reviews
202 helpful votes 202 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2013

I visited the Wells Fargo Museum with my family in July 2013, we all enjoyed the experience. The museum is located in the Wells Fargo Plaza Building on the ground floor. If you have a hard time locating it, just ask one of the employees at the plaza and they'll guide you right to it. The museum is small, but... More

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