AZ Heritage Center at Papago Park
1300 North College Ave., Tempe, AZ 85281
At the AZ Heritage Center at Papago Park, we connect with people by sharing Arizona’s history and engaging in meaningful conversations about how history impacts our lives today and tomorrow.
With a focus on twentieth and twenty-first century history, the Museum exhibits take visitors on a trip through time – from early settlements to World War II and the post-war rise of desert cities, to Arizona’s pop culture. Discover the beauty of minerals and gems from Arizona and around the world, and see a scale model of an Arizona copper mine. While visiting the Museum, take time to enjoy the lush desert landscaping and scenic vistas.
Located at the edge of Papago Park in Tempe, the central location is convenient to most of the metropolitan Phoenix area.
Open Tuesday – Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m./ Sunday 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Adults: $12.00; Seniors +65: $10.00
Ages 7 – 17: $7.00; Ages 6 and under: Free.
AHS members and Veterans/Active Military: Free.
Parking is always free.
Fred Harvey and the Harvey Hotels of the Great Southwest
A presentation by Bill J. Harrison, “Arizona’s Road Scholar”
Thursday, May 12 at 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Train travel in the early 20th Century could be dangerous to your health! Rail travel was primitive at best: wooden bench seats, smoke-filled air, no food, no water, no bathrooms. When the train stopped in tiny towns for fuel and water, the unfortunate passengers had only railroad eating houses that served unsavory food of questionable quality. There is a reason why the food was called “grub”, and the hotels along the way, “flea bags”.
All this changed dramatically with Fred Harvey, who helped to civilize the Wild West with his restaurants, hotels, and railroad dining cars.
Join us for Bill Harrison’s presentation filled with exciting stories and amazing tales of Fred Harvey, the Harvey Girls, and the Harvey Hotels that still grandly serve travelers across the Southwest.
$5.00 admission, $4.00 for AHS members.
Book your seats by calling 480.929.0292
The Secret History of America’s Spy Planes:
The U-2, A-12 and SR-71 and Future Designs
Tuesday, May 24, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Join us as Radio/TV Host Steve Kates, aka, “Dr. Sky,” takes us on an incredible journey into the history of some of America’s most guarded secret spy planes of the 1950’s, 1960’s and beyond. Hear the stories behind the U-2, A-12 and SR-71, like you have never heard before!
During this special two-hour multimedia experience, we will penetrate the secret wall of the CIA and other government agencies. Special guests who had an active role in the CIA’s A-12 program, as well as Lockheed’s SR-71 program, will join us via phone/Skype.
Young or old, if you are a fan of aviation history, or just want to know the inside story of spy planes, then this program is for you!
Join us for a fascinating evening with Dr. Sky!
Cost: $10.00 general public; $9.00 AHS members. Book in advance at 480-929-0292. Special event fee does not include admission to the museum.
Children’s Summer Programming
Amazing Arizona Kids!
Tuesdays and Saturdays*
June – July 10:00 to 12:00 noon.
*Check schedule for dates
All events are free. No drop offs, please.
We’ve packed the summer with fun (and educational) activities for kids ages 6 – 12.
No reservations needed; just drop by! See you soon!
Arizona Rocks! Natural History series
Learn about Arizona’s natural history, with learning enhanced by hands-on activities. Snacks provided.
June 18 – Rocks and Minerals June 25 – Mining Madness
July 9 – Volcanoes July 16 – Fossils
Storytelling from a series of books by Albert Quihuis, followed by related hands-on activities. Snacks provided.
June 7 – Sofia’s Awesome Tamale Day June 14 – Search for the Lost Art of Making Tortillas
June 21 – Isabela’s Treasure June 28 – Sofia’s Summer Adventure
Learn about life in the desert. Related hands-on activities. Snacks provided.
July 12 – Whew, It’s Hot! Keeping Cool in the Desert
July 19 – Let’s Grow! Agriculture in the Desert
July 23 – Drip-Drop: Saving Water
Learn about the history of these arts in Phoenix, and make your own art! Snacks provided.
July 26 – Mosaics July 30 – Puppets July 30 – Yarn Art
Summer Sizzle! July 30, 10 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Join us as we wrap up our Amazing Arizona Kids! summer program with a full day of fun and learning. Some activities indoors, others outdoors. Educational, hands-on activities, food and fun! Enjoy the cool museum and all activities free of charge all day! Check back soon for more details.
Now Open! Copper Mine Exhibit
On display now, the exhibit features a scale model of an Arizona copper mine, and brings to life the process of taking copper ore from the earth in order to turn it into the products we use everyday. Educational videos, interesting facts, mineral and ore displays and Geology Activity Booklets for children – it’s all at the AZ Heritage Center!
Wedding and Corporate Event Facility Rentals
The AZ Heritage Center features a wide array of venue options for your next corporate event, wedding, or gala celebration.
♦ Romantic Brick Courtyard with water feature
♦ Majestic Sandstone Lobby with grand staircase
♦ Bright and airy Courtyard Pavilion
♦ Steele Auditorium (272 capacity)
♦ Brown Theater (50 capacity)
♦ Scenic Desert Terrace
♦ Expansive Orientation Point
Contact our Event Planning Department at 480-387-5367, email: Sbonnett@azhs.gov or visit us on WeddingWire.com.