Arizona Capitol Museum

Arizona Capitol Museum, Phoenix: Hours, Address, Arizona Capitol Museum Reviews: 4.5/5

Arizona Capitol Museum
4.5
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10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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Celebrating Arizona's vibrant cultural heritage through history! 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. Always FREE Admission Open: Monday through Friday 9am - 4pm
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TheExplorerFamily
Somerset, NJ6,333 contributions
We always visit the State Capitol Buildings whenever we find ourselves in a State’s Capital City. This one was much smaller looking compared to the ones we have visited in other cities, -- yet it was very impressive in many other ways.

Initially, all the three Branches of the State Government were housed in here occupying the four floors. But, soon the House of Representatives and the Senate moved to their own buildings on either side of this main one. Today, the original Capitol is a Museum that uses a balance of technology, history and public education programs to help the visitors learn about the culture, the history and the politics of this State. The four floors have more than 20 exhibition areas, plus a Gift Store.

Four of us family members were the only ones there on the week day that we came. So, we were able to look at, and examine, everything at our leisure and to our heart’s content.

Every exhibit on every floor is informative and nicely done. Every sculpture and all the artwork tells a story with plaques. They even have an entire room devoted to the USS Arizona – the ill-fated ship that now lies at the bottom of Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. The silver that was removed for cleaning before the ship sank is now shiny and well preserved here in glass cases.

Many other pivotal moments in the history of Arizona have a beautifully documented place here – Sandra Day O’Connor’s courtroom, the Speaker’s Chair, the Suffragists, etc.

The Rotunda is topped with a weather Vane that resembles the “Winged Victory”, and can be seen from any of the balconies overlooking the main circular area.

The Grounds outside also have tons of exhibits – Sculptures, the Bill of Rights carved onto large granite stones, and the Liberty Bell.

We spent over two hours here and loved every minute. So glad we were able to do so.
Written November 13, 2021
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Melanie A
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The building itself is interesting. A docent pointed out a few of the finishes of the tiling and baseboards. We enjoyed the evolving train exhibit. The docent who is actively involved in the creation of this exhibit, was very informative about the towns this exhibit represents. Having grown up in Hawaii where the history of the USS Arizona is part of our history, it was interesting to see the silver service collection and pre Pearl Harbor history of this great ship. The history of the Japanese internment was well represented … and sad. The women’s history was interesting too. As a history buff and a lover of museums, this museum is well worth visiting. We were delighted to find that it was free!
Written May 2, 2022
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elizabethwP4206ME
Lubbock, TX72 contributions
Family
This was our capitol #20. We loved the guided tour and highly recommend modifying your trip to have a guided on the Friday afternoon tour. We would not have learned as much without the guide. We enjoyed the scavenger hunt too. Who knew the Rough Riders trained in Phoenix prior to heading out?
Written January 4, 2020
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harryatkck
Kansas City, KS936 contributions
This is the old Arizona capital building & it's transformation into a museum is a model for other states. All of the exhibits are lighted well, have detailed descriptions & there was always somebody close by to help you if needed. There is plenty of free parking close by & admission is free. Come here if you are in Phoenix.
Written March 9, 2022
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Dave S
Omaha, NE179 contributions
Family
This was our 45th visit to a state capitol. It was very easy to find and parking was free and easy. We had fantastic weather. The memorial park to the east is very nice and worth visiting. The old capitol has been nicely restored and is free. Everything is self-guided. After the museum, we were able to visit the galleries for the nearby House and Senate buildings. We spent a couple of hours at the capitol.
Written April 6, 2022
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Mike H
Phoenix, AZ1,913 contributions
The museum is open to the public and there is no charge. There are 3 floors and many exhibits concerning the buidling, governors, the Supreme Court and the old legislative chamber. The old Senate Chamber was being worked on so you couldn't get in there. The museum is where Arizona leaders are laid in State. Lots to see and do in the building. There is free parking in the area.
Written January 3, 2020
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Joe K
San Diego, CA45 contributions
Both the capital building and the memorials across the street are a great place to visit. Just packed full of Arizona state history, even the capital building itself is interesting. Especially interesting was the artifacts from the USS Arizona a Pennsylvania-class battleship sunk at Pearl Harbor and the numerous paintings. They actually have the entire ships silver set.
Tour with a docent if available, as very knowledge and pleasant to talk to (mostly students when we went). Free
Written January 9, 2020
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Robby G C
Toronto, Canada78,235 contributions
We had a guide and he did really well.

When we entered we saw the balcony. It was really beautiful!

There were paintings and see the beautiful arts to enjoy!

In these days women wanted to start to be part of the capitol.

There were wars with Mexicans. The Americans won!

We could enjoy and learn about this place and i liked it.

After a time they let us to visit everything. That was cool! We could go everywhere.

It is still beautiful. Wow!
Written December 25, 2020
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sarahtham
Lawrence, KS602 contributions
Family
Arizona state capitol. It is not ur usual building. The building is magnificent looking (even without a trademark dome on the outside, but you can still see the dome from the inside :)) and the best part of it is it is located near memorable structures honoring fallen soldiers and the park opposite follows in the same trend. Check out the Vietnam war memorial in that same park. The state capitol also has a museum there. FOC.
Written April 1, 2015
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SueinSalem
Salem, OR3,135 contributions
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We parked at the Wesley Bolin Plaza Parking area near the Arizona Capitol Building. It is a free 2-hour visitor parking area. There are many statues and much military history in this Plaza. It is well worth a visit when you go to see the Capitol Museum.

The original capitol building is now a museum. The business of the state is conducted in three other buildings (behind and on each side of the original building).

The main floor of the Capitol Museum features the USS Arizona. There are displays on all aspects of the December 7, 1941 attack on the US fleet in Pearl Harbor.

The second floor and third floor has other displays relative to the history of Arizona.
All display are very well done and are very interesting.
Written March 19, 2015
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