Arizona Heritage Center

“Unframed: A Photo Journey through Navajo and Hopi Nations, 1977-1978” Exhibition Opens April 29, 2021

The Arizona Heritage Center at Papago Park is excited to announce a new exhibition featuring the photography of contemporary artist Katharine L. McKenna. During her gap year from college in upstate New York, McKenna spent the summers of 1977 and 1978 volunteering at the Museum of Northern Arizona in Flagstaff. While there, she assisted the […]

Beauty Haul: Powders, Creams, and Makeup from the 1920s

The Arizona Historical Society holds thousands of precious objects in the collections. We protect and preserve these artifacts that share stories from Arizona history to show how people lived and worked in their everyday lives. Some of these objects are large and some are very small. How did women create their signature beauty looks in […]

Free Smithsonian “Winter at Home” Activity Guides for Kids and Families

Stuck at home? Looking for things to do? Let creativity be your guide this season with the Smithsonian’s new “Winter at Home” learning guide for elementary and middle-school students. The “Winter at Home” Guide includes 40 pages of educational activities, puzzles, and games for kids and families in English and Spanish. Discover your culinary creativity, […]

A Pipe, a Coin, and a Name: Phoenix at 150

October 26, 2020, recognizes 150 years of the Phoenix townsite layout. Did you know Phoenix was once called Pumpkinville? Learn about the history of how the Phoenix got its name and celebrate 150 years of the townsite. October 26th, 2020, marks the 150th anniversary of the townsite layout. While this sprawling city is home to […]

Ready to Welcome You Back on October 13

The Arizona Historical Society is excited to welcome you back into our museums. For more than 150 years, we have been connecting people to the power of Arizona’s history through our exhibits, programs, library and archives, publications, and museums across the state. After a careful planning process, we will be thoughtfully reopening two of our […]

Pausing to Help Slow the Spread of COVID

Dear Members & Friends of Arizona History, We hope that you and your families are safe and staying well. We know many of you have been looking forward to visiting our museums and libraries. Please be advised that as of Tuesday, June 30, Arizona History Museum in Tucson and the Arizona Heritage Center at Papago Park in Tempe will […]

Important News about Museums Reopening

Important Update: June 30, 2020 As of June 30, 2020, the Arizona Historical Society has temporarily closed the Arizona History Museum and Arizona Heritage Center. Please read the latest news posted on June 30. — June 5, 2020 The Arizona Historical Society is excited to welcome you back into our museums. For more than 150 […]

Making Things Behind the Scenes

Have you ever wondered how panels in an exhibit stay to the wall? Well, that’s where panel clips come in handy. These small pieces of plastic help keep exhibit panels secured to the wall. Designed by our Preparator, Mike Goodwin, these panel clips were made by using a 3D printer.

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