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Best Hidden Gems in Phoenix

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Phoenix Police Museum

This interesting museum opened in 1993 and offers a colorful history of the Phoenix Police Department. Learn more about various men and women who have kept law and order in the city. Located in downtown Phoenix, exhibits include recreations of old jail cells from the 19th and 20th centuries as well as a Model-T police car from 1919. The kids can play 'cops' and try on old police uniforms.

Phoenix, AZ, United States
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Monarch Theatre

Replacing the PHX nightclub, the Monarch Theatre provides a much needed boost to the underground electronic music scene in Phoenix. Complete with an amazing sound system, the club hosts some of the best local DJs and award winning performers attracting large crowds through the week. Although focused on electronic music, the club also hosts nights of hip hop, dub step and old school music to bring in a change in routine. If you want to experience the best then make sure you visit the club on UK Thursdays where you can dance to music ranging from UK garage and grime to drum 'n' bass.

Phoenix, AZ, United States
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The Gallery @ City Hall

Celebrating the cultural achievements of Phoenix and to celebrate the state's centennial birthday, the city commissioned this gallery in 2012. Presiding in City Hall, the gallery spans over 100 years of history with gorgeous pieces of art and unique exhibits. The collection holds over 1,000 pieces from rotating exhibits that delve into the history, culture and creation of Phoenix. From urban planning exhibits to photography of the area throughout the past century, exhibits are educational and fascinating to see in person.

Phoenix, AZ, United States
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Arizona Doll & Toy Museum

Tucked away in the historic neighborhood of Caitlin Court in Glendale, this lovely museum exhibits toys, trinkets and dolls of years gone by. The collection of dolls is marvelous and very well-maintained, seeing as that several of them date back to the 1700s. Apart from doll houses, the museum also features a small schoolhouse room replica, where the dolls are adorably positioned as students. There are also other figurines and model trains exhibits that visitors will enjoy.

Glendale, AZ, United States
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Grant Street Studios

Highlighting graduate students of Arizona State University art program's work, Grant Street Studios is a hidden Phoenix gem. The gallery is tucked away in a historic industrial building in the warehouse district of the city, and is responsible for spurring an art revival in the area. From sculptures, paintings, installations and other unique pieces, visitors are bound to find intriguing art.

Phoenix, AZ, United States
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The Nash

Named in honor of Lewis Nash, a legendary jazz drummer, The Nash is an educational center, concert space and jazz club all rolled into one. Located in the center of downtown Phoenix on Roosevelt Row, it was established by Jazz in Arizona in 2012. From workshops, classes to jazz camps, performances by budding musicians, pros and touring artists, and jazz after hours, The Nash explores the classic and new of this genre of music.

Phoenix, AZ, United States
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Curious Nature

If you're looking for a shop unlike any other you've ever seen, than you need Curious Nature. At this intriguing little store, you'll find all kinds of natural history specimens and items. Whether you're looking for mounted insects like colorful beetles and butterflies, animal skulls, turtle shells or crystals, you can find it at Curious Nature. For the extra curious, there are even wet specimens for sale like preserved centipedes and rattlesnakes in jars.

Phoenix, AZ, United States
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Bunky Boutique

At Bunky Boutique you will find a fine selection of top designers and brands like So Charlotte, Splendid, Flying Tomato and Yogitoes. They also sell exquisitely created jewelry and gifts. Check them out and pick up a few goodies for loved ones.

Phoenix, AZ, United States
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Modern Manor

Not your average, musty smelling, antique shop, Modern Manor is a trendy, blast from the past, home decoration and furniture boutique in Phoenix. Specializing in Mid Century Modern decor and furniture, this funky shop has the perfect pieces to make your home pop with style. Hollywood Regency pieces add a touch of glamor, while space-age mod styles skew towards the simple end of the spectrum. Carefully curated, the staff is knowledgeable and helpful when picking out items. They even offer home staging and consultation services for those looking for floor to ceiling assistance.

Phoenix, AZ, United States
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Suddenly Slimmer Spa

Slimming down in a little more than an hour sounds like a dream come true. This feat is achieved at the Suddenly Slimmer Spa, when you choose the Fat Burner Wrap. Beauty specialists will give you an intensive treatment, combining enzyme and mineral-soaked bandages, professional wrapping and then light exercise to achieve a more slender appearance. In business for many decades, Suddenly Slimmer offers many other day-spa services, including waxing, massotherapy, nail services, facials and infra-red sauna. Pamper a loved one with a gift voucher.

Phoenix, AZ, United States
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Pioneer Telephone Museum

This fun little museum offers a look into the telephone's past. Delve into communication device history and follow its development. Interactive displays educate about periods from the 1800s to the present day. Featured exhibits include the Teletype and telegraph machines, hand tools, early coin phones, switchboards and even old directories. This museum is open to the public by appointment only.

Phoenix, AZ, United States
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Arizona Military Museum

Officially operated by the Arizona National Guard Historical Society, the museum exhibits preserved items and artifacts on the history of Arizona's military. The facility is housed in a historical adobe building, which was built in 1936 and used as a shop by German prisoners during World War II. On display are vehicles, uniforms, mementos and artillery items spanning time periods from the Spanish conquerors to the more current Desert Storm. Included are exhibits from the Korean conflict, Vietnam and the Spanish-American Wars. Interesting ones include a diorama depicting an underground escape by German prisoners of war and an army helicopter used during the Vietnam War. Admission is free but donations are encouraged.

Phoenix, AZ, United States
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