Arizona Historical Society Museum – Papago Park

Arizona Historical Society Museum at Papago Park

Entrance, Arizona Historical Society Museum at Papago Park

We’re trying something a little different with this post. Instead of posting a number of pictures on the page, we created a YouTube video slideshow of our visit to the Arizona Historical Society Museum in Papago Park, which in turn is located in Tempe, Arizona.

Please let us know what you think of the slideshow.  Flash photography is not allowed in the museum so some of the pictures are not as good as we’d like them to be.

We went on a Friday afternoon and had the place largely to ourselves.  It’s a nice locale, with Papago Park to the west and south.  The museum itself is a large building accessed through a courtyard.  Most of the museum is on the second floor, but there are elevators allowing handicap access to the exhibits.  Along one side the museum visits Arizona at war from before WWI through WWII, with an area devoted to the Japanese American Relocation Centers, an AT-6 trainer hanging from the ceiling and a horse-drawn caisson and 3-pound cannon.  Other displays cover the state fair, water management, population growth in Phoenix and the surrounding area, and entertainment.  On the first floor are more exhibits for Sandra Day O’Connor, the Cactus League and traveling (including a melded car).

Some of the displays were not working when we were there, but we spent a couple hours wandering through the place.  There are several places where you can stop and listen to audio, including a couple about Pearl Harbor and the start of WWII.

Outside the building are a couple more exhibits.  One is about Roosevelt Dam and the other is about the green belt that has grown up along a drainage channel that runs along the south and west side of the museum.  Both are worth taking a few moments.

Overall, this is a nice way to spend a couple hours – more if you’re really into history – and you may just learn a few things.

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