Arizona Heritage Center

05nov6:30 pm8:00 pmAUTHOR TALK: ARIZONA'S DEADLIEST GUNFIGHT: DRAFT RESISTANCE AND TRAGEDY AT THE POWER CABIN, 1918Presented By Heidi OsselaerArizona Heritage Center

17nov10:00 am12:30 pmPainting with the President: Sedrick HuckabyArizona Heritage Center

01dec10:00 am4:00 pmVeteran and Military Family DayArizona Heritage Center

08dec6:00 pm8:00 pmFireside Chat with Colonel Jay R. Vargas: Medal of Honor RecipientArizona Heritage Center

Blue Star Museum

Blue Star Museum

In partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, the Arizona History Museum offers free admission (with proof of military ID) for active-duty military and up to five family members. This offer extends from Memorial Day (May 29) to Labor Day (September 4).

Featured Exhibits

Portraits of Courage: A Commander in Chief’s Tribute to America’s Warriors

Open to the Public October 19 - December 29, 2018

Portraits of Courage: A Commander in Chief’s Tribute to America’s Warriors, a special exhibit from the George W. Bush Institute, this fall.

This extraordinary exhibition brings together sixty-six full-color portraits and a four-panel mural painted by President Bush of 98 service members and veterans who have served our nation with honor since 9/11, and whom the President has come to know personally since leaving office.

The Arizona Historical Society’s Arizona Heritage Center at Papago Park in Tempe is one of just four venues nationwide selected to host the paintings this year. Portraits of Courage will be on display from October 20 through December 29, 2018. The Arizona Heritage Center is located at 1300 N College Ave in Tempe, Arizona.

Historical League HistorymakersTM 2017 Exhibit

Historical League Historymakers<sup>TM</sup> 2017 Exhibit

The Historical League is proud to present the 2017 Historymakers Lobby Exhibit. The exhibit showcases memorabilia, photographs, and video clips from the 2017 Historymakers: Ed Beauvais, America West founder; Wink Crigler, X Diamond Ranch owner; The Honorable Jon Kyl; The Papp Family, supporters of educational institutions, culture and the arts; Robert Spetzler, M.D., renowned neurosurgeon and retired Director of Barrow Neurological Institute; and Dr. Warren H. Stewart, Sr., Pastor of First Institutional Baptist Church of Phoenix since 1997. See our flyer.


Educators will find school tours at the Arizona Heritage Center are a great way to expand your students’ knowledge of Arizona and Natural History.

Limited Time Opportunity: The Portraits of Courage: A Commander in Chief’s Tribute to America’s Warriors exhibit offers students a rare opportunity to discover the personal stories of some of our country’s wounded veterans, through the paintings of former President George W. Bush. On display from October 19 through December 29.

Regular Museum Tours
Students and adults alike will enjoy learning about Arizona’s past through interactive and interesting exhibits. Our Natural History Gallery includes rocks, minerals, fossils and meteorites from Arizona and around the world.

School Tours
We offer guided and self-guided tours for student groups. To request more information or to reserve a tour, please complete the School Tour Request Form.

Group Tours
We also offer guided and self-guided tours for groups of 10 or more people. To request more information or to reserve a tour, please complete the Group Tour Request Form.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Dreaming of the perfect wedding venue?

Need an auditorium for your theater troupe performance?

Looking for meeting and event spaces for your next corporate event?

You’ll find what you are looking for at the Arizona Heritage Center. Nestled against the base of the Papago Park, the Arizona Heritage Center is a hidden paradise. Outdoor spaces provide scenic desert views and magnificent sunsets. Indoor spaces include a majestic sandstone lobby with grand staircase, auditorium, theater and a variety of meeting spaces.

Whether you are hosting an intimate birthday celebration, or a 2,000 person corporate event, we are just the place for you!

Visit our Meeting and Event Guide for more information.

Contact our Meeting and Event Planning Department at 480-387-5367, email [email protected] or visit us on


Front Desk 480.929.0292 [email protected]
Burns, James Executive Director Executive Administration 480.387.5366 [email protected]
Downs, Tawn Vice President Marketing, Communications & Revenue Enhancement 480.387.5368 [email protected]
Goodwin, Mike Exhibit Preparator 480.387.5364 [email protected]
Kirchner, Erin Exhibit & Collections Curator 480.387.5361 [email protected]
McKinion, Debbie Business Development Manager 480.387.5367 [email protected]
Persidskis, Jan Building Maintenance Specialist 480.387.5351 [email protected]
Prosser, Michelle Museum Education Curator 480.387.5363 [email protected]
Rogers, Dennis Custodial Crew Supervisor 480.387.5352 [email protected]
Irwin, Susan Vice President Library & Archives Library & Archives 480.387.5353 [email protected]
Tabah-Percival, Rebekah Archivist Library & Archives 480.387.5356 [email protected]
Library Reference 480.387.5355 [email protected]

Visit the gift shop and select from a wide selection of books, jewelry, bookends and minerals. Kids can select from a variety of children’s books, polished rocks and souvenirs.

We are proud to feature the highly acclaimed, “Tastes and Treasures II, A Storytelling Cookbook of Historic Arizona.” Published by the Historical League, this beautifully illustrated cookbook includes recipes and stories from some of Arizona’s most iconic restaurants and well-known Arizona families. Retail value: $30

Arizona Historical Society members receive a 10% discount off gift store merchandise.

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