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“A gem of a museum, right in my backyard!”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of AZ Heritage Center

AZ Heritage Center
Ranked #19 of 58 things to do in Tempe
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Home of the Centennial Museum, celebrating more than 100 years of Arizona history. Exhibits focus on the history and growth of Central Arizona, particularly the metropolitan Phoenix area. Walk through exhibits that take you from territorial days through WWI and WWII, to modern times. Hands on exhibits for kids, gift shop and special programming throughout the year. New exhibits opening regularly.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Stairs / elevator, Stroller parking, Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“A gem of a museum, right in my backyard!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 14, 2013

Their Cactus League display is awesome, and the Sandra Day O'Connor one is a true AZ treasure! I would recommend this place to all Arizona visitors, every concierge should steer their guests here!

Visited November 2012
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Gearhart, Oregon
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468 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 208 helpful votes
“Nice way to spend a couple of hours”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 8, 2012 via mobile

A hundred years from now when everyone comes here in their flying cars they will be glad someone thought to save historical items from the 20th century. They won't understand the importance of Sandra Day O'Connor or Barry Goldwater or Rose Mofford but they will be glad to see information on the agriculture and growth of the cities and how the society developed. There wasn't much in the museum that I didn't know about already but it is nice to have assembled artifacts and replicas into exhibits. There was a nice room on Sandra Day O'Connor, a true pioneer on the U.S. Supreme Court but an outstanding figure in Arizona history as well. I know there is more to her story from conversations I had with a retired judge, now deceased who knew her and understood state politics. The Arizona history hall of fame, which is a hall, is interesting since almost everyone on the wall was a familiar name. Arizona is a young state. The second floor has permanent exhibits which share small pieces of history and society during the last century: agriculture, Mexicos revolution and its effect on Arizona, Japanese internment in WWII, POW camps, Code Talkers, and much more. It doesn't require a lot of study but it was a nice overview. Reference was made to the Cactus League exhibit by other reviewers. There was a lot on the teams that have scheduled Spring Training in the desert but it seemed to me to be more a history of baseball than a history of the evolution of the Cactus League itself. More on the pioneering venues and the earlier managers and players would have interested me. I don't mean there was nothing but more on the history of the growth in the 70s and 80s and before and less on the 90s would have helped. A pleasant surprise was a small and interesting display of art called Xtreme Muerto. Very interesting, sometimes shocking, sometimes kitschy and not to everyone's taste but it was the high point of the visit for me. The museum was well worth the time and the modest admission.

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Seattle, Washington
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“Small but very good.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 12, 2012

Loved the Sandra Day O'Connor and Cactus League, and the rest was very good.

Visited July 2012
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