(Phoenix, Arizona - AZ, USA)
The varied museums of Phoenix cover a wide variety of subjects, which range from Native American history and local culture, to interactive exhibits and the world's largest collection of vintage fire fighting equipment, housed at the aptly named Hall of Flame.
Families holidaying in Phoenix will find that the Arizona Science Center is packed with fun and excitement, while the local Arizona Museum of Natural History contains the most comprehensive collection of dinosaur fossils in the entire state. Others in Phoenix may be interested in paying a visit to the Museum of History, which clearly documents the city's various influences and prominent events that have shaped its development.
Arizona Science Center
Address: 600 East Washington Street, Phoenix, Arizona AZ, 85004, USA
Tel: +1 602 716 2000
Extremely popular among children is this highly interactive science museum, boasting over 300 fascinating exhibits designed for learning, as well as entertainment. Among the topics covered at the Arizona Science Center are transportation, geology, computers and human physiology, while the planetarium and large-screen theater are also popular.
Open hours: daily - 09:00 to 17:00
Admission: charge, discounts available for seniors and children, children under three and members free
Hall of Flame Firefighting Museum
Address: 6101 East Van Buren Street, Papago Park, Phoenix, Arizona AZ, 85008, USA
Tel: +1 602 275 3473
The Hall of Flame Firefighting Museum is the largest firefighting attraction of its kind in existence and is home to a fascinating collection of antique equipment and vintage fire trucks, dating from 1725 to 1969. The kids will enjoy getting dressed up in the coats, hats and all the rest of the paraphernalia available here.
Open hours: Monday to Saturday - 09:00 to 17:00, Sunday - noon to 16:00
Admission: charge, discounts available for seniors, students and children, children under three free
Arizona Museum of Natural History (formerly the Mesa Southwest Museum)
Address: 53 North MacDonald Street, Mesa, Arizona AZ, 85201, USA
Tel: +1 480 644 2230
One of the most popular cultural attractions in Phoenix, the range of exhibits at the Arizona Museum of Natural History ensures that there is something for the whole family. Displays include animated dinosaurs and waterfalls, dinosaur skeletons and locally filmed movies, old jail cells and replicas of a mine, as well as a pre-Columbian temple.
Open hours: Tuesday to Saturday - 10:00 to 17:00, Sunday - 13:00 to 17:00
Admission: charge, discount available for seniors, students and children, children under two free
Address: 2301 North Central Avenue, Phoenix, Arizona AZ, 85004, USA
Tel: +1 602 252 8840
Heard Museum in Phoenix is one of the best and most comprehensive in the country dealing with Native American history and culture. The extensive research into the various tribes of the Southwest has helped to create the excellent exhibit 'Native Peoples of the Southwest'. Also on offer are regular traditional song and dance exhibitions, as well as working Arizona artists.
Open hours: Monday to Saturday - 09:30 to 17:00, Sunday - 11:00 to 17:00
Admission: charge, discounts available for seniors, students and children, children under six, members and American Indians free
Museum of History
Address: 105 North 5th Street, Copper Square, Phoenix, Arizona AZ, 85004, USA
Tel: +1 602 253 2734
This local history museum can be found next to Heritage Square Park and the downtown campus of the Arizona State University. Step inside to discover a wealth of local historical events through innovative, enjoyable and informative exhibits.
Open hours: Tuesday to Saturday - 10:00 to 17:00
Admission: charge, discount available for seniors, students, military and children, children under six free
Pioneer Living History Village
Address: 3901 West Pioneer Road, Phoenix, Arizona AZ, 85027, USA
Tel: +1 623 465 1052
Travel back to when Arizona was a fledging territory at this recreated village that features costumed craftspeople, historic homes, shops, ruins, a Civil War reenactment, and a traditional Old West town, complete with sheriff's office and cowboys. The Pioneer Living History Village is easy to reach, being situated just off the Black Canyon Freeway I-17 and on the far northerly outskirts of the city.
Open hours: Wednesday to Sunday - 09:00 to 17:00, seasonal variations apply
Admission: charge, discount available for seniors, students and children, children under five free