AZ Heritage Center at Papago Park
1300 North College Ave., Tempe, AZ 85281
Welcome to the AZ Heritage Center, home of the Centennial Museum,
Explore Arizona’s history with a tour of our Centennial Museum. Take a trip through time, from western frontier days to war times and the post war building boom. Learn how water makes life possible in the desert, and discover the beauty and variety of Arizona’s vast natural resources. Marvel at the breathtaking desert vistas as you wander through our outdoor spaces.
Nestled against the base of beautiful Papago Park, the museum features exhibits spanning more than 100 years of Central Arizona history, making it the perfect place to enjoy the best of Arizona’s past and present!
More Than A Museum
In addition to the Centennial Museum, the AZ Heritage Center is a cultural center where visitors can participate in a variety of educational and entertaining programming and events for adults and children. Guided and self-guided tours are available for school children and adult groups, and can be customized to meet your needs.
The AZ Heritage Center is also a beautiful and functional event venue, featuring a charming brick courtyard, majestic sandstone lobby, auditorium, theater, and multiple meeting spaces.
Located at the edge of Papago Park in Tempe, near the Loop 101 and Scottsdale Road, our central location is convenient to the metropolitan Phoenix area.
Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m./Sunday 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Admission: Adults $10.00; Seniors 65+ $8.00; Ages 7 – 17 $6.00
Children 6 and under – Free; AHS members, Military and Veterans – Free
For groups of 10 or more, we offer guided and self-guided tours for school children and adults. Have a special request? Let us know – we can create a special program for you.
For more information call 480-387-5365, or fill out a Tour Inquiry form.
AZ Kids Holiday Treasures
December 10, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
What were holidays like in 1890, 1920 and 1950 in Arizona? We’ll share the stories of holiday celebrations from days gone by, through a variety of holiday treasures from our collections vault. What kind of toys did children play with? What kind of decorations did they make? Children will have an opportunity to create their own special holiday decorations and enjoy some sweet treats!
Admission to the event is free. Does not include museum admission. Reservations are not required.
Legendary Flamenco and Classical Guitarist Esteban
Performing at AZ Heritage Center
December 10, 5:00 p.m. reception; 7:00 p.m. concert
Presented by the Historical League as an AZ Heritage Center fundraiser. Enjoy a pre-concert reception with tapas, appetizers, Spanish wines, and sangria, followed by the iconic guitar music of Esteban.
Reception from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. followed by the concert from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Tickets are $70, $85, and $100, and are on sale now at BrownPaperTickets.com.
The Historical League is a volunteer support organization of the Arizona Historical Society AZ Heritage Center at Papago Park.
Now Open: At Work in Arizona: The First 100 Years
Open now through Feb. 28, 2017
This photography exhibition, features 100 years of Arizona history, and showcases innovation and commerce, highlighting milestones and achievements throughout the years.
The photographs are stunning – and include portraits of influential Arizonans and celebrities who visited here, as well as iconic buildings, landmarks and events throughout the years. The photograph of the Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge, by Jamey Stillings, is breathtaking. This exhibition is only open through February 2017. Don’t miss it!
Now Open: Phoenix Lights!
What were those strange lights in the night skies over Phoenix on March 13, 1997? From Henderson, Nevada, across the Phoenix valley, to Tucson and beyond, numerous people reported seeing an enormous object with strange lights. See the flight path, listen to first hand accounts and 911 recordings from that night, and make your own decision…… extraterrestrial spacecraft? military flares? or……??
The AZ Heritage Center has been featured by Tempe Tourism! Check it out:
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.