- Arizona Museums Guide
- 1895 Rosson House - Expertly restored historic house at Historic Heritage Square. 113 N. Sixth St., Phoenix. 602-262-5029.
- Amerind Foundation Museum - Dragoon, AZ. The Amerind Foundation Museum is dedicated to the study and interpretation of Native American culture and lifeways. The Amerind, founded in 1937, concentrates its research into topics pertinent to American Southwestern studies.
- Archaeological Research Institute, Arizona State University - Tempe, AZ. ARI maintains collections from archaeological projects conducted in central Arizona.. Collections, catalogs, photos and research data are available through on-line, searchable databases. In addition, virtual exhibits and publications are offered on archaeological topics from a wide range of geographic and chronological settings.
- Arizona Capital Museum - The Museum Division operates the Arizona Capitol Museum, housed in the restored 1900 Capitol building. The museum presents exhibits and programs on government in the Arizona Territory and early Statehood days.
- Arizona Doll and Toy Museum - This small museum is located in the historic Stevens House on Heritage Square in downtown Phoenix. With dolls dating from the 19th century, this is a definite must for doll collectors. A constantly changing scenario of dolls and toys from yesterday as well as familiar modern playthings.. An authentic schoolroom of 1912 features antique dolls as the "students" is a favorite exhibit. Located at Heritage and Science Park at 7th and Monroe St., Phoenix 85004. Open Tues-Sat 10-4; Sun Noon-4
- Arizona Historical Society- A regional museum in Papago Park featuring changing and permanent interactive exhibits on contemporary Central Arizona history. Multi-media gallery, educational tours and research library. Living history presentations upon request.
- Arizona Mines and Minerals Museum - The Foundation collection contains over 670 specimens representing 128 species. Approximately 45% of the collection comes from Arizona.
- Arizona Museum for Youth - An art museum you can really 'kid' around in! Fine art is combined with hands-on activities in an environment that stimulates creative expression! The museum offers children the excitement provided by fine arts. Visual and tactile stimulation is combined in an evironment designed for learning and creative expression. 35 N. Robson St., Mesa, AZ 480-644-3690
- Arizona Railway Museum - Displays Arizona's rail history. 399 N. Delaware St., Chandler 480-833-4353.
- Arizona Science Center - More than 300 interactive displays, planetarium, 5-story giant-screen theater, live demonstrations, traveling exhibitions and more. 600 E. Washington St., Phoenix. 602-716-2000
- Arizona State Museum - ASM brings to life the culture history of the greater Southwest, from the mammoth hunters to the present. The museum's collections include American Indian artifacts ranging from ancient tools to modern arts and crafts. Three galleries, a research library, an extensive archive and photo collections contribute to public education and enjoyment.
- Arizona State Capitol Museum - Housed in the restored Capitol building, this museum's exhibits represent the AZ Territory and early statehood days. 1700 W. Washington St., Phoenix. 602-542-4675.
- ASU Art Museum - More than 10,000 objects including: Contemporary art; new media and innovative methods of presentation
crafts; emphasis on American ceramics; Prints; historic and contemporary – American and European; Art from the Southwest: emphasis on Latino artists; Art by Latin American artists; emphasis on contemporary Cuban works
- Cave Creek Museum - Displays of pioneer living, ranching and mining, Indian artifacts, a restored 1920s tuberculosis cabin and a 1940s church. Open Oct - May, Wed-Sun. 6140 E. Skyline Dr., Cave Creek. 480-488-2764.
- Center for Creative Photography - Tucson, AZ. One of the world's great photography museums with changing exhibitions, public programs, a research center, library, archives and collections numbering more than 50,000 works.
- Challenger Space Center - Features a mission control center designed after NASA's space center, a space center, a spacecraft that depicts life aboard the International Space Station, an Earth Space Transit Module that simulates liftoff and docking, rooftop stargazing and space academies. 21170 N. 83rd Ave., Peoria. 623-322-2001.
Chandler Museum - Displays of agriculture and ranch life, pioneer handicrafts and artifacts of the prehistoric Hohokam Indians. 178 E. Commonwealth, Chandler. 480-782-2717.
- Deer Valley Rock Art Center - Phoenix, AZ. Hedgpeth Hills petroglyph site, with intorduction to rock art.
- Fleischer Museum of American and Russian Impressionism - Scottsdale, AZ. The paintings in the Fleischer collection are American Impressionism, California School and Russian and Soviet Realism tempered by Impressionism. The genres are varied and include landscapes, architecural subjects, and still lifes.
- Gilbert Historical Museum - Housed in the 1920 former Gilbert Elementary School, this museum's collection includes objects donated by original settlers such as furniture, quilts, tools, maps, photographs, vehicles and firearms. 10 S. Gilbert Rd., Gilbert. 480-926-1577.
- Hall of Flame - The Hall of Flame Fire Museum and the National Firefighting Hall of Heroes, located in Phoenix, Arizona, has almost an acre of fire history exhibits, with over 90 fully restored pieces of fire apparatus on display, dating from 1725 to 1969. Most of the exhibits are American, but we also have pieces from England, France, Austria, Germany, and Japan. The Hall of Flame sponsors the National Firefighting Hall of Heroes, which honors firefighters who have died in the line of duty or who have been decorated for heroism. 6101 E. Van Buren St., Phoenix 602-275-3473.
- Halle Heart Center - Interactive exhibits teach about the heart, cardiovasular system and the importance of exercise, proper nutrition and living tobacco-free. Sponsored by the American Heart Association. 2929 S. 48th St., Tempe. 602-414-2800.
- Heard Museum - Your doorway to the Southwest, where tradition meets today. Heard Museum is one of the best places to experience the myriad cultures and art of Native Americans of the Southwest. Located on Central Ave in downtown Phoenix. The museum's 10 spacious exhibit galleries and beautiful outdoor courtyards feature outstanding traditional and contemporary Native American art. 2301 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. 602-252-8848.
- Hoo-hoogam Ki Museum - Located at 10005 East Osborn Rd, Scottsdale. - no admission fee - Features the cultural heritage of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Community from the ancient Hohokam to the present, with exhibits on Pima basketry, Maricopa pottery, traditional dress, and veterans. The museum is located in a traditional "sandwich" style building made of adobe and desert plants. 10005 E. Osborn Rd., Scottsdale. 480-850-8190.
- International Wildlife Museum - Tucson, AZ. Mammals, birds and insects from around the world. Hands-on exhibits, interactive computers, pre-historic mammals. Tucson's interactive natural history museum.
- John Wesley Powell Memorial Museum - Within the museum, you can see sketches, photos and other memorabilia of Powell's epic Colorado River voyages in 1869 and 1871, along with a unique collection of Native American and pioneer artifacts. Other exhibits focus on the geology of the canyons cut by the Colorado and the history and development of Page. Films on Lake Powell, dam construction and other subjects are shown free upon request.
- Katydid Insect Museum - Located at 5060 W. Bethany Home Rd, #7 in Glendale, AZ, the Katydid contains a wide assortment of insects, arachnids, reptiles and other fascinating creatures. Open daily to the public. 5060 W. Bethany Home Rd., Suite 7, Glendale. 623-931-0266.
- Mesa Historical Museum - This 1913 schoolhouse houses a collection of farm machinery and domestic farmstead items. See memorabillia of early Mesa, Stringtown and Lehi settlers and murals. 2345 N. Horne St., Mesa. 480-835-7358.
- Mesa Southwest Museum - Displays dinosaur skeletons, a Spanish mission, the Lost Dutchman's Treasure and American Indian pottery. Make projects, touch fossils or minerals and play educational computer games in the hands-on Adventure Center. 53 N. MacDonald St., Mesa. 480-644-5082.
- Mineral Discovery Center - Located at 1421 W Pima Mine Road, Sahuarita, AZ. One-hour tours of a modern, working, open-pit copper mine and mill facility. Hands-on exhibits, video theater, cactus garden and picnic area.
- Mohave Museum of History and Arts - Kingman, AZ. Founded in 1960, the Mohave Museum of History and Arts is dedicated to preserving and presenting the heritage of Northwestern Arizona.
- Museo Chicano - Offers changing exhibits on the culture of Latinos. 147 E. Adams St., Phoenix. 602-257-5536.
- Museum of Northern Arizona - Flagstaff, AZ. Established in 1928 to interpret and conserve the natural and human heritage of northern Arizona and the Colorado Plateau.
- Mystery Castle - Built by a father to realize his daughter's dream in 1945, this 3-story castle is made of stone, automobile parts, adobe and petroglyphs. 800 E. Minderal Rd., Phoenix. 602-268-1581.
- Pecos Rio Grande Museum of Early Man - Arivaca, Arizona. Point making tools and then fire making tools. Most items are from the Archaic period in west Texas.
- Phippen Museum - Prescott, AZ. Focus is on art of the American West, both past and contemporary.
- Phoenix Art Museum - Phoenix Art Museum's collection of over 17,000 works spans the centuries and emphasizes American, Asian and European Art of the 14th - 19th centuries; Western American Art; Modern & Contemporary Art; Spanish Colonial and Latin American Art; 18th-20th Century Fashion Design and the Thorne Miniature Rooms. The collection and its many galleries are divided into 3 areas of emphasis marked by portals: Art of Asia; Art of the Americas & Europe to 1900; and Art of Our Time: 1900 to the Present. The Museum features an interactive "child-friendly, please touch!" gallery called ArtWorks. Visitors can learn about the collection through video presentation and interpretation in the Museum's Orientation Theater. 1625 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. 602-257-1222.
- Phoenix Museum of History - Dedicated to collecting, preserving, and exhibiting the early history of Phoenix. Visitors of all ages enjoy interactive and educational exhibits showcasing Phoenix’s metamorphosis from a dusty desert town to a modern metropolis. Discover how time and place have influenced modern Phoenix, and the stories of the city's exciting and colorful past.
- Pioneer Living History Museum - Located 30 minutes north of downtown Phoenix, you'll visit over 90 acres of an old 1800's town--with no cars or smog! Just authentic buildings and historically accurate reproductions. See the Opera House where Lilly Langtry sang; look through a rifle port in the actual cabin that survived AZ's bloodiest range war; laugh your way through a "melodrama"; or browse thru an 1890's dress shop and much more! All of this, plus a blacksmith shop, sheriff's office and jail, complete ranch complex, and costumed interpreters including cowboys, lawmen, and lovely Victorian ladies - await you at Pioneer Arizona's Living History Village, AZ's most authentic Old West town. Don't miss out on this bit of history!
- Pueblo Grande Museum & Archaeological Park - Pueblo Grande Museum is located at a 1,500 year-old Hohokam village ruins in modern day Phoenix. For over 70 years the museum has been dedicated to the study and interpretation of the Hohokam culture. On the 102 acre park grounds, visitors explore the ruin of an 800 year-old platform mound possibly used by the Hohokam for ceremonies or as an administrative center. An excavated ballcourt and full-scale reproductions of prehistoric Hohokam homes can be viewed along the ruin trail. The site also includes some of the last remaining intact Hohokam irrigation canals. 4619 E. Washington St., Phoenix. 602-495-0901.
- Rim Country Museum - Payson, AZ. Cultural heritage of the Central AZ Highlands (Rim Country) from the earliest peoples all the way through to the pioneer period.
- Scottsdale Historical Museum - Located at 7333 E Scottsdale Mall, Scottsdale AZ. Featuring the Winfield Scott exhibit, the One Room Schoolhouse and much, much more. 7333 E. Scottsdale Mall, Scottsdale. 480-945-4499.
- Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMOCA) - Scottsdale, AZ. A museum dedicated to contemporary art in the heart of downtown Scottsdale. Also operates the Young @ Art Gallery which is devoted to children's creative work. 7374 E. 2nd St., Scottsdale.480-994-2787.
- Sharlot Hall Museum - Prescott, AZ. Largest museum in central Arizona. Dedicated to providing educational adventures in human and natural history.
- Shemer Art Center and Museum - Santa Fe mission-style house built in the 1920s. Changing exhibits by Arizona artists. On permanent display: The Howard House, a miniature replica of an 1890 Colonial Mansion. Located at 5005 E. Camelback Rd. (entrance on Arcadia Dr.), Phoenix. 602-262-4727.
- Sirrine House - A 110-year-old restored historic home furnished with authentic period antiques and collectibles. Tours given by docents dressed in period costumes. 160 N. Center St., Mesa. 480-644-2760.
- Sonoran Desert Museum - Bordering Saguaro National Park west of Tucson is a world-class natural history "museum". It is a montage, a collage of elements, beautifully laced together to form what is at once a zoo, a natural history museum and a botanical garden. The interpretive displays are alive and the animals live in their natural desert setting. There are almost 2 miles of trails in 21 acres of exquisite Sonoran Desert. The view alone is worth the price of admission.
Superstition Mountain Museum - Located in Goldfield Ghost Town, 4 miles N.E. of Apache Junction on the Apache Trail - State Route 88 and features a large collection of memorabilia, artifacts and minerals and a large collection of mining ore cars. Phelps Dodge has donated 60 tons of historic mining equipment, including several train engines.
- Tempe Historical Museum - Tempe from its founding to its growth into a modern city is portrayed via hands-on activities, exhibits, photos and artifacts. Includes online exhibits, a tour of the research holdings, and a guide to local historic buildings. 809 E. Southern Ave., Tempe. 480-350-5100.
- University of Arizona Museum of Art - Includes a Permanent Gallery Exhibition.
- West Valley Art Museum - Local and international traveling art shows--many commissioned with children in mind. 17420 N. Ave of the Arts, Surprise. 623-972-0635.
- Arizona Opera - Arizona Opera currently produces a five opera season, with three performance dates in Tucson at the TCC Music Hall and four performances at Symphony Hall in Phoenix. From I-10, exit 7th St, turn south. Travel 7th St south to Monroe St (Monroe is one block south of Van Buren St), turn right (west).
- Arizona Red Hats - The Decadent Dames were born after reading an article in the July 2000 issue of my favorite magazine, Romantic Homes. On January 27, 2001, I decided to surprise 10 of my closest and dearest friends on my birthday, and I invited them to tea and told them to wear purple and don’t ask any questions. They know how a bit crazy I am so they thought nothing of what I had planned for them. When they arrived, I presented them each with a red hat, a certificate as a charter member, and an agenda, which consisted of selecting our chapter name and voting on officers for our small group. We hooted and laughed and had a great time.
- Arizona Theatre Company - (502 W. Roosevelt, Phoenix 602-256-6899) Performs 6 productions at the Temple of Music and Art in Tucson and at the Herberger Theater Center in Phoenix from September to May each season.
- ASU Activity Center (ASU, Tempe 480-965-5062) Famous as a sports and convocation center, this circular structure plays host to international headliners and the most popular rock and country music groups.
- ASU Gammage Auditorium - Location: Gammage Parkway & Mill Avenue., Tempe — on the ASU Main Campus. Artwork is exhibited throughout the year in the Main Floor, Kathryn K. Gammage, and David Scoular Galleries.
- Ballet Arizona - Ballet Arizona is the Southwest's premier professional ballet company, featuring a season of full-length ballets as well as contemporary and classical repertoire. Ballet Arizona often features a live musical background provided by the Phoenix Symphony or the Tucson Symphony. Located at: 3645 E. Indian School Rd.
Phoenix, AZ 85018 602-381-0184
- Black Theatre Troup (333 E. Portland, Phoenix 602-258-8128) For more than a decade, this group has presented local talen in a wide variety of performances. Each season (September through May) combines classic theatre with comedy shows, musicals and strong contemporary pieces.
- Celebrity Theatre (440 N. 32nd St., Phoenix 602-267-1600) Enjoy theatre-in-the-round within the Valley's most intimate venue.
- Chandler Center for the Arts (250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler 480-782-2680) Performances include ballet, theatrical, classical and family programming.
- Desert Sky Pavilion - (Cricket Pavilion) Located 1/2 mile north of the I-10 Freeway on the SE corner of 83rd Ave. and Encanto Blvd. 2121 N 83rd Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85035. Cricket Pavilion is an outdoor amphitheater presenting the biggest names in live entertainment to more than 300,000 fans annually. Located just 10 minutes west of downtown Phoenix, the Cricket Pavilion can accommodate nearly 20,000 guests with approx 8,000 reserved seats under a Pavilion roof while a spacious hillside equipped with large video screens provides a picnic-like setting under the stars for another 12,000 fans.
- Dodge Theatre - The completely different Dodge Theatre promises to change the way you think about live entertainment. It's as large as you need, but as intimate as you want. The Dodge Theatre is a state of the art entertainment venue designed specifically for concerts, Broadway shows, family stage shows, boxing, and convention meetings. Located at: 400 West Washington Street, Phoenix, AZ 85003. 602-379-2888
- Gilbert Hale Theatre - The Hale Centre Theatre has a legendary heritage as the longest continuously running, privately owned and operated theater company in America. Since 1947, when it first opened its doors, not one week has gone by when there hasn't been a performance on its stage. The Hale Centre Theatre has been dedicated to providing our patrons with the finest theatrical experience possible in an atmosphere as intimate and friendly as their own homes. In doing so, we have always selected shows which reflect our promise to provide fun and affordable family entertainment.
- Herberger College of Fine Arts (ASU, Tempe 480-965-6447) For many years, the home of University Theatre productions, the Lyceum Theatre has recently undergone extensive remodeling to increase the technical capabilities of the facility and to accommodate a growing schedule.
- Herberger Theater Center - Proud to be home to four resident companies: Actors Theatre; AZ Theatre Company; Center Dance Ensemble and Childsplay. Other companies who use the Herberger: The Black Theatre Troupe, Valley Youth Theatre, and many more. Location: 222 E. Monroe, Phoenix, AZ 85004. 602-254-7399
- Kerr Cultural Center (6110 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale 480-965-5377) The center hosts a variety of concerts and jazz festivals in an attractive adobe-style hall that is surrounded by upscale shops and fine restaurants.
- Lyric Opera Theatre (Music Theater at ASU, Tempe 480-965-6447) Presents recitals, chamber groups and special guest performances.
- Mesa Encore Theatre (Mesa Arts Center Theatre at 155 N. Center in Mesa 480-834-9500) Mesa Little Theatre has been producing family entertainment for many years. Performances are usually comedies and the season runs from id-September through late April.
- Mesa Symphony Orchtestra (480-897-2121) The Mesa Symphony performs at various east valley locations from October through April.
- Murder Ink Productions - Murder Ink Productions writes, designs, tailors, and produces corporate murder mysteries for client groups ranging in size from 15 - 2000. Ideal for client appreciation, employee recognition, conventions, holiday parties, and special events. Located: 2641 E. Beekman Place, Phoenix, AZ 85016
- Orpheum Theater - Located at: 203 West Adams, Phoenix, AZ 85003. (602-534-5600) Located in the heart of downtown Phoenix, the Orpheum is a multi-purpose cultural facility, for performing arts, community and civic events and visitor and convention use. In addition to touring productions, the Orpheum is home to Ballet Arizona, Theater League and Southwest Arts and Entertainment, and is also used by other local and regional professional production and performance companies, and non-profit performing arts groups. The Orpheum Theatre is also a premiere setting for jazz concerts, one-man comedy shows and much more.
- Performing Arts Register - Links to performing arts sites and other links on the internet.
- Phoenix Symphony - Arizona's only full-time, professional symphony orchestra and the state's largest performing arts group. Performs more than 160 concerts throughout the state from September through the beginning of June. Located at: 455 North 3rd Street, Suite 390, Phoenix, AZ 85004-3942
- Phoenix Theatre (100 E. McDowell Rd., Phoenix. 602-254-2151) The oldest community theatre in North America features comedy, dramas, musicals and children's theatre -- The Cookie Company.
- Playbill Arts
- Red River Opry (730 N. Mill Ave., Tempe 480-829-0607) Celebrity concerts and country music shows enjoy a 1,000-seat indoor venue.
Scottsdale Center for the Arts - Located at: 7380 E. 2nd St and the Museam of Contemporary Art is located at 7374 E. 2nd St., Scottsdale adjacent to the Scottsdale Center for the Arts.
- Scottsdale Symphony Orchestra (3817 N. Brown Ave., Scottsdale 480-945-8071) Performs November through June at the Scottsdale Center for the Arts.
- Sundome Center for Performing Arts (19403 R.H. Johnson Blvd, Sun City West 623-975-1900) The Sundome hosts more than 100 celebrity and cultural shows each year.
- Tempe Little Theatre @ Tempe Performing Arts Center (132 E. 6th St., Tempe. 480-350-8388) Year-round productions of all types are prsented in an intimate theatre that seats 300.
- The Third Street Theatre (3rd Street and Moreland in Phoenix. 602-262-4627) Theatre productions, comedies, musicals, drama and dance productions.
- Veteran's Memorial Coliseum (1826 W. McDowell Rd., Phoenix 602-258-6711) Contemporary music, rock and roll and country western concerts are performed throughout the year by top celebrity entertainers.
PERFORMING ARTS FOR CHILDREN
Desert Stages Theatre
- An award winning theater that offers children's theater by child actors ages 3-19 and main stage plays for actors and audiences of all ages. Offers acting workshops and camps. 8473 E. McDonald Dr., Scottsdale. 480-483-1664.
East Valley Children's Theatre
- Community-based, quality performances by youths ages 8-18. Acting workshops available. P.O. Box 41733, Mesa. 480-756-3828.
Greasepaint Scottsdale Youtheatre
- Presents a series of live musical theater productions and summer workshops, giving youths the opportunity to watch or perform in quality shows suitable for families. 7020 E. 2nd St., Scottsdale. 480-874-3221.
Great Arizona Puppet Theater
- Rod puppets, and puppets and shadow puppets are only a few of the characters that star in this venue's original and classic puppet show especially for children. 302 W. Latham St, Phoenix. 602-262-2050.
- An award winning intergenerational theater that inspires the love of performing arts through drama, music, dance and comedy. Offers productions and classes. 155 N. Center St., Mesa. 480-644-2902.
Phoenix Boys Choir
- Provides top quality music education for boys ages 7-14 and lively entertainment for audiences around the world. 1131 E. Missouri, Phoenix. 602-264-5328.
Phoenix Girls Chorus
- Fosters the love of music in girls ages 7-18 who demonsrate ability, desire, commitment and excellence in vocal and choral peformance while providing the community with exceptional musical programs. 828 N. 3rd St., Phoeix. 602-252-5562.
- Listen to classical music, symphic pop tunes and special family-oriented concerts. 225 E. Adams, Phoenix. 602-495-1999.
Theater Works for Youth
- Offers theatrical performances and educational opportunities for participants of all ages. 10484 W. Thunderbird Blvd, Sun City. 623-815.7930.
Vagabond Youth Theatre
- Through classical and original works, Vagabond Youth Theatre provides youth-based performances and educational experiences. P.O. Box 541, Avondale. 602-499-1018.
Valley Youth Theatre
- VYT is a community theatre that targets youth for participation in, and attendance at, live theatre productions. Our mission is to have a positive impact on young people's lives by providing children with life long lessons through a wide range of performing arts opportunities. VYT is dedicated to quality and to providing opportunity for involvement for the entire community. Offers plays targeting and performed by children ages 7-19 and a number of fascinating and affordable acting workshops for children ages 3-18. Located in Copper Square at 525 N. 1st St, Phoenix. 602-253-8188.
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