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Museums in Phoenix, Arizona

Museums in Phoenix, Arizona

Phoenix is the capital of Arizona and the fifth most populous city in the United States. Phoenix is the anchor of the Phoenix metropolitan area, also known as the Valley of the Sun, which is part of the Salt River Valley.

Phoenix was settled in 1867 as an agricultural community and was incorporated as a city in 1881. It became the capital of the Arizona Territory in 1889. Cotton, cattle, citrus, climate, and copper were known locally as the “Five C’s” anchoring Phoenix’s economy. These remained the driving forces of the city until after World War II when high-tech companies began to move into the valley.

Numerous museums can be explored throughout the valley. The Phoenix Art Museum has the southwest’s most extensive collection of visual art, containing more than 17,000 works of contemporary and modern art from around the world.

Museums in Phoenix, Arizona

  • Phoenix Art Museum
  • Heard Museum
  • Children’s Museum of Phoenix
  • Musical Instrument Museum
  • Arizona Capitol Museum
  • Arizona Science Center
  • Pueblo Grande Museum
  • Wells Fargo Museum
  • Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West
  • Arizona Military Museum
  • Desert Botanical Garden
  • Hall of Flame Fire Museum
  • Tempe History Museum
  • ASU Art Museum
  • Mesa Arts Center
  • Rosson House Museum at Heritage Square
  • Pioneer Living History Museum
  • Shemer Art Center
  • Chandler Museum
  • Penske Racing Museum
  • West Valley Art Museum
  • The Phoenix Police Museum
  • Phoenix Trolley Museum
  • Cave Creek Museum
  • Pioneer Telephone Museum

Museums in Phoenix, Arizona

  • City:                              Phoenix, Arizona
  • Country:                       United States
  • State:                            Arizona
  • Settled:                        1867
  • Demonym:                  Phoenician
  • Population:                 5 million – Metro

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