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Arizona Historical Society Museum - Marley Center

Papago Park, 1300 N. College Ave., Just off Curry Rd., Tempe, AZ 85281
480-929-9499
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Ranked #6 of 28 attractions in Tempe
Type: History Museums
Traveler Description: The Arizona Historical Society is a great place for kids and adults alike. The musume is located close to the Phoenix Zoo and Desert Botanical... more »
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Chandler, Arizona
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121 reviews 121 reviews
33 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

My husband and I were playing tourist at home, and thought we would try the two-for-one First Tuesday of the month deal~ We were pleasantly surprised! When we travel and visit U.S. cities, we come back and should not, but do, compare other museums to what Phoenix offers us. Ah, well. The AZ Historical Museum, was really well laid out... More

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Federal Way, Washington
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18 reviews 18 reviews
9 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

Very nice museum. Good representation of the changes to the AZ area. Nice outdoor grounds with native trees and sculptures.

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Ascot
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55 reviews 55 reviews
34 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

Our flight back to the UK was in the evening so we did not want to stray too far from Sky Harbor so visited the museum & glad we did. There are a good collection of artifacts & plenty of displays detailing the history of the area. Part of the museum was closed during our visit, presumably for a refurb,... More

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Springfield, IL
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132 reviews 132 reviews
72 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

We'd hoped for better from this museum when we read it is in a new building. The building may be new but apparently the money ran out before they were able to get new exhibits. You can tell the exhibits are old because the most current dates for population and such that are mentioned is 2000. Some of the display... More

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North Carolina
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23 reviews 23 reviews
4 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2014

If you're at all interested in history, especially the era around WWII, this is a must-see AND it's very inexpensive.

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Phoenix, AZ
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318 reviews 318 reviews
154 attraction reviews
135 helpful votes 135 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

They just relocated earlier this year. The permanent displays are excellent. I attended an anniversary show for old Phoenix attraction "Legend City" with many old employees and local favorite Bill Thompson - "Wallace" of Wallace and Ladmo. Great Venue.

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Liberty, Missouri, United States
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25 reviews 25 reviews
12 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2013

The museum details the history of the Phoenix area during the 1900s. Well layed out. Interesting exhibits. It shows the development of agriculture in the valley. Those crops that grew well, and those that didn't. The exhibits dealing with World War I and II were especially interesting. Particularly informative were the exhibits that dealt with the Japanese population of the... More

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Savannah, Georgia
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46 reviews 46 reviews
22 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

Admission here isn't much, and my AAA card got me in for around half off. I didn't realize it closed at 4, so I didn't have as much time as I'd thought, but it was enough. The upstairs is an interesting look at the history of the state with some impressive structures. And downstairs I learned so much about Sandra... More

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Mint Hill, North Carolina
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2013

My teenage son and I recently vacationed in Arizona and had a Sunday to spend in Phoenix before heading north. I chose this museum as it was close to the zoo and offered a Sunday afternoon out of the heat. The museum has numerous displays, and I could easily have spent all day there learning about Arizona. We did spend... More

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Homedale, Idaho
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43 reviews 43 reviews
29 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2013

The Tempe address is confusing because you have to go over to the Scottsdale side to find this museum in Papago Park. The Arizona Hall of Fame had pictures and memorbila of the people honored. A plus was they didn't have to be born in Arizona to be honored. Be prepared for surprises. I enjoyed the second floor that contained... More

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