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Best Free Museums 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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Wells Fargo History Museum

One of America's largest financial institutions, Wells Fargo has been around since the 19th Century, and has contributed significantly to the country's financial growth. The one in Phoenix is located centrally, close to a number of attractions and takes visitors through the organization's development in Arizona. The exhibits include, among other things, an antique stagecoach as well as an intriguing selection of raw gems from Arizona's mining history. Highlight of the museum, is the gallery of artwork by noted artist N.C. Wyeth. Entry is free and tours are available. Check website for more.

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 Capitol Museum

The elegant Arizona State Capitol rests amid the bustle of downtown Phoenix. A stirring escape into the history of the 48th state of the United States, the picture-perfect capitol building showcases Classic Revival architectural style, topped with a gleaming copper dome. Enlisted on the National Registrar of Historic Sites, the capitol building is replete with opulent interiors. Arizona State Capitol is now synonymous with the Arizona Capitol Museum, which traces Arizona's roots as a territory and its transition to statehood. The museum houses a treasure trove of collections, exhibits, artifacts and events which lend deep insights into Arizona's rich and nuanced history and culture. The marvelous capitol is fronted by a garden housing diverse botanic wonders, guarded by the national flag which flutters in all its American glory.

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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Adobe Mountain Desert Railroad Park

This park houses a museum about the railroad history of the United States, thanks in part to the Arizona Model Railroading Society. Here, you will see train layouts of all scales in a trail around a whimsical little city full of details. It is a great location for birthdays parties and picnics - they have two party areas. Admission is free but they accept donations to help pay for operational costs. The Adobe Mountain Desert Railroad Park offers free rides in a miniature train through a trail around the desert outside the small museum. It is a great place for family fun.

Glendale, AZ, United States
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