This gorgeous desert state has a rich and vibrant history. If you’re looking to visit Arizona, and are curious to learn more about the area, this is the list for you! From natural history museums to science centers, here are the top 10 museums in Arizona.
1. Mesa Natural History Museum
Mesa Natural History Museum is chock-full of information about the history of the area. It also has some unique interactive features that make it truly worth a visit. Some such attractions include its dinosaur exhibit. This exhibit features life-size animatronic dinosaurs as well as an indoor thunderstorm. The museum also features a re-creation of mines that would have been in the area in times past. This makes it a perfect way to learn more about the history of Arizona in a fun way as well as a non-boring way.
2. The Phoenix Art Museum
If you are a lover of art you won’t want to miss the Phoenix Art Museum. This museum features an immense art collection. For instance, it is home pieces spanning from Renaissance-era works to modern art. Visitors are encouraged, but not required to wear masks. Additionally, the museum is limiting groups of guests to 10 people or fewer. Tickets for the museum are available online.
3. Arizona Science Center
Looking for some family-friendly activities in Phoenix? You will want to consider adding a trip to the Arizona Science Center to your plans. This museum aims to help curious young minds learn more about science in a fun and interactive way. Some examples of permanent exhibits at the museum include SolarVille, providing information about renewable solar energy sources, as well as All About Me, geared towards providing explanations about how the human body works.
4. Heard Museum
Here’s another great option for art lovers. The Heard Museum aims to showcase Native American works of art. Currently home to over 3000 pieces, Head Museum also features first-person accounts of the life and culture of the indigenous population both historically and in modern times in Arizona.
5. The Museum Of Northern Arizona
The Museum of Northern Arizona is, as the name implies, is dedicated to preserving the history and cultures of northern Arizona. It is located in Flagstaff, a cozy and gorgeous mountain town in the northern part of the state. The museum is home to all manner of exhibits. For instance, it houses many works of art by indigenous artists.
6. i.d.e.a. Museum
Here’s another great option for families with children. The i.d.e.a. Museum is anything but dull and dry. It is home to countless interactive exhibits designed to help children learn more about STEAM subjects and the world around them.
7. Arizona Route 66 Museum
Learn more about the historic and iconic Route 66 with a visit to the Route 66 Museum in Kingman, Arizona. The museum showcases the evolution of travel along the now-famous road and road trip route. For instance, exhibits tell the route’s history through a combination of murals, antique cars, and photographs. A trip here will be both fun and informative!
8. The Children’s Museum of Phoenix
The Children’s Museum of Phoenix is a sprawling fun-filled museum. It is home to over 300 interactive exhibits. Advance reservations are no longer required to visit. However, masks are required for all visitors ages two and up are required while inside the museum.
9. Yuma Territorial Prison
If you’re interested in a slightly more morbid side of history, consider visiting Yuma Territorial Prison. This former prison is now a State Park. Visitors can look forward to learning about its history. Additionally, Yuma Territorial Prison is rumored to be haunted, adding a fun spooky twist to this option as well.
10. Bisbee Mining And Historical Museum
Learning about the history of mining in Arizona can be pretty interesting on its own. However, Bisbee Mine and Historical Museum offers some additional incentives to visit. Not only can you look forward to exploring the museum exhibit, which includes a Smithsonian Curated mineral exhibit, you can also learn more about the history of the surrounding town in a hands-on way via a walking tour of the historic district.
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