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Tour Historic Arizona Government Sites & Buildings
Enjoy a tour of Arizona government sites and buildings and learn more about the state’s past. The Arizona State Capitol Museum is located in the heart of downtown Phoenix at 1700 West Washington Street. See a variety of exhibits depicting the history of Arizona. The museum’s collections celebrate the state’s cultural heritage and allow visitors to learn more about Arizona’s judicial system, political process and economic history. Housed on four floors, the museum offers more than 20 exhibit areas. The Minerals of Arizona exhibit features rocks, minerals, crystals and fossils found in the state’s historic mining communities. Another popular exhibit honors the USS Arizona battleship that was sunk during the invasion of Pearl Harbor. Be sure to stop by the gift shop for maps, books and souvenirs.
The Pima County Courthouse is a prominent landmark in Tucson’s historic downtown. Opened to the public in 1929, the building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Famous for its glittering dome and Spanish Colonial Revival style architecture, the structure is worth touring for its beauty inside and out. Stroll through the courtyard, take photos by the fountain, or simply walk through the hallways and admire the amazing architectural details.
Arizona State Capitol Museum
Located in downtown Phoenix, the Arizona State Capitol Museum has more than 20 exhibits showcasing the history of Arizona. The Museum does not charge for admission and the nearby parking is free – a nice bonus. The award-winning Museum Gift Store has a wonderful selection of books and items for purchase, to make your visit to Phoenix complete.
Current exhibits include: the “We the People of Arizona: Celebrating 100 years of the State Constitution,” “USS Arizona,” Road to Statehood and Artwork from the Capitol Museum Collection. After spending a day downtown, consider checking out any of the Phoenix nightlife spots.