Phoenix Museum Tour (Self Guided), Phoenix

Phoenix is the biggest city in the state of Arizona. The downtown area is the cultural heart of Greater Phoenix that offers you insight into Phoenix's history and development. Have a stroll through some the best museums in Phoenix and discover how the city grew and flourished in the middle of the desert.
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Phoenix Museum Tour Map

Guide Name: Phoenix Museum Tour
Guide Location: USA » Phoenix (See other walking tours in Phoenix)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 5
Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.7 Km or 1.1 Miles
Author: ChristineT
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Children's Museum of Phoenix
  • Rosson House Museum
  • Arizona Science Center
  • Phoenix Police Museum
  • Wells Fargo History Museum
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Children's Museum of Phoenix

1) Children's Museum of Phoenix

The Children’s Museum of Phoenix is a wonderful place to visit for families with kids. The age group that this facility is designed for is 10 year olds. Teenagers will be only slightly amused with the exhibits here, but the little ones will absolutely be delighted. This is not the usual be quiet, hands off museum. The philosophy here is get engaged, enjoy and learn.

The kids along with their adult can explore the noodle jungle or do the tricycles wash. There is a book loft to help the excited little ones calm down a bit. There is a car track to get them revved up too. Kids will also love playing in the grocery store. Families are welcome to bring their own sack lunch to eat in designated spots, or there is a café on site that has a full line of sandwiches.

Expect to spend at least half a day here with your kids. The museum is located at 215 N 7th street, and is open Tuesday through Sunday 9am to 4 pm except for holidays. Kids under the age of one get in free, seniors pay $10 and all others - $11. The first Friday night of the month is free from 5pm to 9 pm.
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Rosson House Museum

2) Rosson House Museum (must see)

The Rosson House Museum is a beautiful example of Eastlake Victorian architecture. The house was built in 1895 for Dr. Rosson and his wife. This interesting house has a moon gate that gives it an oriental flavor, and a tower in the shape of an octagon that is usually attributed to French design. The home is built from locally produced red brick and wood. Although not the first home to be built of fired brick rather than adobe, it is still a great example of early workmanship.

This house had all the modern conveniences that included electric lights, indoor plumbing for both hot and cold water and upstairs bathroom facilities. There were gas appliances and telephone service. Today, this house has been lovingly restored to its former glory and docent guided tours will give a real feel for how life was at the turn of the 20th century for Dr. and Mrs. Rosson.

The home is located in the Historic Heritage Square District. Tickets for the docent lead tours can be purchased next door at the Emporium. Tours are conducted Wednesday through Saturday from 10am to 5pm and Sundays from noon to 5pm.
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Arizona Science Center

3) Arizona Science Center

The Arizona Science Center is one of the main attractions of downtown Phoenix. It is located at the Heritage and Science Park on Washington Street. It is also one of the most kid friendly places to go in town, as it has over three hundred hands on displays that children of all sizes will enjoy. A lot of very famous national traveling exhibits also come here.

Besides the permanent and traveling exhibits, the location also has a world class Planetarium, and a brand new five story tall IMAX theater. There are also lots of educational events that happen in this place throughout the year. So, you will want to make sure and check out the events schedule while you visit. There is even an Adults Night Out sponsored by the Science Center.

A $33 million dollar bond issue passed by the city in 1998 was used to make this a state of the art facility by anyone’s standard. It is now over 120,000 square feet on five floors. It also has more than 40,000 square feet of gallery and display place. There is something here for everyone. It is open to the general public daily from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.
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Phoenix Police Museum

4) Phoenix Police Museum

The city of Phoenix is well known for having some lovely small museums. This location is part of that grouping. You can visit the institution in around 15 minutes, and be able to enjoy some information about the history of crime in the area, and the story of the Phoenix Police Department.

Don’t let the small size fool you though. The city was incorporated in 1881. A Marshall handled things back then. As the city grew, so did the Police Department. So when you visit this place, you’ll be looking at a comprehensive display of over a hundred years of law enforcement in a place that used to be part of the so called “Wild West.”

The Phoenix Police Museum is located in the central part of downtown, and is housed in the Barrister Building. You can find the location at the intersection of Central Avenue and Jefferson Street.
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Wells Fargo History Museum

5) Wells Fargo History Museum

If you are interested in learning the history of the US west, you will want to visit the Wells Fargo History Museum. It is a quaint little museum that is owned by the Wells Fargo Bank. But don’t let that fool you. There is a lot of history of the west packed into this place. It is located in the heart of downtown Phoenix, next to many other popular destinations, such as Chase Field and the U.S. Airways Center.

You can see an actual stage coach from the company’s past. Kids will love the fact that they can actually climb on in and get the feel of what it was like to be on a stage coach. There is also a nifty recreation of a mining shaft. You can see some beautiful antique firearms here, and there also is a working telegraph.

The Wells Fargo History Museum is open to the public Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Admission to the museum is free.

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