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12dec12:00 pm1:00 pmVirtual Arizona Biography Series: The Stuff of Legends (Wynne Brown)

09jan12:00 pm1:00 pmVirtual Arizona Biography Series: The Stuff of Legends (Scott Einberger)

13feb12:00 pm1:00 pmVirtual Arizona Biography Series: The Stuff of Legends (Shane Murphy)

12mar12:00 pm1:00 pmVirtual Arizona Biography Series: The Stuff of Legends (John Boessenecker)

16jun10:00 am2024 Juneteenth CelebrationArizona Heritage Center

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Featured Exhibits



Experience "On Air: The History of Broadcast News in Arizona" the newest exhibit at the Arizona Heritage Center in Tempe. The exhibit tells the story of the early beginnings of broadcast news in Arizona, and follows the dramatic changes in technology and culture from the 1920s to today. Featured objects not only tell the story of Arizona’s growth but also how the state provided the backdrop for some of the nation’s leading stories and trusted faces in broadcasting the news locally and eventually nationally.

The exhibit features Arizona television and radio artifacts and images donated to the Arizona Historical Society by the House of Broadcasting.

Historical League Historymakers

Historical League Historymakers

The Historical League is proud to present the 2019 Historymakers Lobby Exhibit. 2019 Arizona Historymakers: Betsey Bayless, Dr. Arthur DeCabooter, Michael J. Fox, Alfredo Gutierrez, Merrill Mahaffey and Vernon D. Swaback. The exhibit will showcase the exceptional contributions the 2019 honorees have made to our state and provide viewers direct access to the amazing oral histories and accomplishments of each diverse group of Historymakers since the program's inception in 1992.

Violet Decorates: Navajo Weavings from the Skull Valley General Store

Violet Decorates: Navajo Weavings from the Skull Valley General Store

Starting September 26, 2023 you can learn about how Navajo artists created their weavings and explore the interwoven patterns in our newest exhibit, Violet Decorates: Navajo Weavings from the Skull Valley General Store.

Permanent Exhibits

Arizona and the 5 C's

Arizona and the 5 C's

Learn how breakthroughs in irrigation affected important industries such as agriculture and mining. Experience a 1910 recreation of Superintendent Lewis J. Hill’s office

The People

The People

Travel back in time to the Old West. Meet the
diverse group of individuals that made the 19th century Arizona frontier their home. Become inspired by the resilience of Arizona residents. Discover various social movements within the Phoenix area and learn how Arizonans fought for a brighter future. Investigate the galactic mystery of the Phoenix Lights that took place on May 13, 1997.

Desert Cities

Desert Cities

Experience the Post-WWII suburban boom that
transformed the Phoenix Metropolitan area into a cultural hub.
Explore the changes in employment, culture, and housing during
the 1950s, 60s, and 70s. Experience collections form Arizona’s most
prominent entertainers and artists and read about the history of
Arizona sports teams. Don’t miss Bob’s Big Boy and the beloved
Wallace and Ladmo!



Tour through recreations of an incarceration camp, a
prisoner of war camp, and military barracks to see how WWII changed the lives of all Arizonans. Walk through a Japanese incarceration camp, pile into a WWII jeep, and
climb up an observation deck to view our AT-6A military training airplane. Listen to calls home from military members and discover the plans of The Great Escape in the Papago Park Prisoner of War Camp.


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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.

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AZ Heritage Center Gift ShopVisit 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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