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Tempe Historical Museum

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Address: 809 E Southern Ave, Tempe, AZ 85282-5205
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+1 480-350-5100
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Great little museum

We had a couple hours to kill in Tempe and spent them at this free and informative, fun museum. We learned a lot about Tempe and made a virtual postcard with a fun and free... read more

Reviewed 5 February 2017
coastgal09
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Roseville CA
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Roseville CA
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57 reviews
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Reviewed 5 February 2017 via mobile

We had a couple hours to kill in Tempe and spent them at this free and informative, fun museum. We learned a lot about Tempe and made a virtual postcard with a fun and free interactive display.

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Thank coastgal09
Mesa, Arizona
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77 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 January 2017

Visited for the Legend City exhibit. The whole museum was excellent. Museum is free with free parking. Spent a few hours there and could have spent more. There was a nice, interactive area for small children. Wish I had known that existed when my daughter was that age. Highly recommend.

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1 Thank LuvAZTravel
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Reviewed 4 January 2017 via mobile

Had a great time and enjoy it! Very informative, you learn how different cultures came to Arizona and how they work hard and what they had to go through. Had a lot of examples, for you to see.

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Thank Sonia N
Arizona
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Reviewed 27 October 2016

The SW corner of Rural Road and Southern Avenue in Tempe has become a real cultural center in the East Valley. Not only is it the location of Tempe Public Library, Vihel Center for the Arts, and Pyle Adult Center, but it is also the home for Tempe's new, modern Historical Museum. The Museum offers a walk through Tempe's historic,... More 

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Mesa, Arizona
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Reviewed 25 October 2016

What a fun museum. Very interactive. Very informative about Tempe.Not too big not too small. How have I missed this place for so long? PLUS its free! :-) A lot of fun things for everyone...take the kids! Interactive and play stuff for the kids...sit on a cop motorcycle or play with the clothes you can change into and make a... More 

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1 Thank Bill85210
Tempe, Arizona
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Reviewed 9 August 2016

they loved the real motorcycle they got on they loved to put on a show with theier costumes and they loved the artifacts very educational we also did a print out of pictures

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Thank Carmen B
Tempe, Arizona
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7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 26 July 2016

This is a great little museum close to downtown Tempe. The last time I went there was no admission fee (I don't think they've ever charged a fee). Beautiful exhibits, an excellent staff, user friendly, and a great way to spend a few hours. Tempe Library is next door. Check it out!

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Thank Gina G
Fishers, Indiana
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Reviewed 24 July 2016

We decided to learn more about the history of Tempe on a recent trip there so this museum was a good place to start. It is small but has plenty of exhibits to look at. Pretty much something for everyone.

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Thank SmokiesJunkie
Central Arizona, Arizona
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Reviewed 22 July 2016 via mobile

Took my 2 year old grandson to this hidden gem. Exhibits focus on Tempe artifacts but plenty of gun stuff for children to interact with. Even out of state visitors would enjoy learning more about Tempe's history. Kids can sit on police motorcycle, old truck and arcade rocket.

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Thank Mark b
Big Bear City
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63 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 March 2016

Easy access, free parking, no entrance fee, next to Tempe public Library, kid friendly. Lots of great displays with photos, artifacts and lots of history. Eateries and shopping nearby. Museum accepts donations. Highly recommend.

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