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Address: 1300 N College Ave, Tempe, AZ 85281 (Formerly Arizona Historical Society Museum - Marley Center)
Phone Number:
+1 480-929-0292
10:00 - 16:00
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Sun 12:00 - 16:00
Tue - Sat 10:00 - 16:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

Home of the Centennial Museum, celebrating more than 100 years of Arizona...

Home of the Centennial Museum, celebrating more than 100 years of Arizona history. Exhibits focus on the history and growth of Central Arizona, particularly the metropolitan Phoenix area. Walk through exhibits that take you from territorial days through WWI and WWII, to modern times. Hands on exhibits for kids, gift shop and special programming throughout the year. New exhibits opening regularly.

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Right in my back yard for 20 years!!

I am amazed at how many little gems I find throughout Phoenix.. having been a resident-tourist for 35 years, I keep finding great places to visit! This is a Must-See for anyone... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Phoenix, Arizona
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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I am amazed at how many little gems I find throughout Phoenix.. having been a resident-tourist for 35 years, I keep finding great places to visit! This is a Must-See for anyone truly interested in Arizona history! from the wild-west days through today, this museum is an excellent snapshot of AZ! allow about 2 hours.

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AZHeritageCtr, Director at AZ Heritage Center, responded to this review

So glad you enjoyed your visit! Thank you for sharing your experience. We hope you come back again soon; we are always changing up our exhibits and adding new programs. More 

Vancouver, Canada
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89 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2016

We visited this center thanks to a cultural pass from the Library. What a pleasant surprise the museum presented. A large, attractive building houses a comprehensive history of Arizona on its second floor, primarily about the state's development from the 19th century to the present, though earlier contributions of Native Americans are also noted. While some people may already know... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016

I have lived in Arizona for 4 years and this was my first visit to this museum. I went with 2 friends and we spend over 2 hours visiting this informative summary of how Arizona and Phoenix came to be. Since I have lived here, I have learned bits and pieces of Arizona's history, but this told so much more... More 

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Chandler, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2016

I have lived in AZ for 13 years and although I have many things to see on my list, this was my first visit to this museum. To begin, I was surprised at the size of the venue--- very large facility. We had an introduction by one of the staff who gave us a brief overview of the layout, the... More 

1 Thank Pat A
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 May 2016

Visited this museum on a Saturday using the Phoenix Public Library Culture Pass. The sign near the entrance stated that normal entrance fees would be $12/adults. I spent about 1.5 hours at the museum which has a natural history exhibit on the first floor with a history exhibit of the Phoenix area (mostly--there is some exhibits that include elsewhere). I... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 March 2016

This is no longer the AZ Historical Society Museum. The name was recently changed to Arizona Heritage Center. There are displays of artifacts from people who have made history in Arizona in the recent past (mid 1900's to present) and videos about them. There are also other interesting exhibits and a great research library.

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phoenix, az
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 March 2016

My husband and I spent a nice Sunday afternoon perusing the Arizona Historical Society Museum using a Cultural Pass from the local library. The place was mostly empty. The exhibits are well constructed and incorporate authentic memorabilia and artifacts from the specific eras discussed. I do have an issue with this museum's credibility due to the minimal references to indigenous... More 

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Tempe, Arizona, United States
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2016 via mobile

I believe that this museum used to be great but it hasn't kept up with the times. The exhibits are interesting---I particularly enjoyed learning about Arizona during WWII---but they are dated and various interactive pieces no longer work throughout the entirety of the building. It is worth a visit if you have never been there before before but if you... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2016

We arrived on a Sunday and the parking lot was empty. We had the place to ourselves. Lots of admission discounts and I recall "2 for 1" on Tuesdays. Easy access off the main roadway. Two levels of exhibits. Nicely organized and in chronological order. Great way to present the history of the area - Roosevelt Dam and the Salt... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2015

If you love history, this is the place for you. It may take you an entire day to get through it. By the time I reached the wing that had Phoenix history, my brain began to explode with data. I need to go back just to get through the Phoenix wing. There is a nice variety of artifacts, written explanation,... More 

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