Visit this museum to explore southern Arizona's past. It's full of artifacts such as Geronimo's rifle.
The Arizona History Museum places a focus on southern Arizona's history from the Spanish colonial through the territorial eras. Visitors can learn about the role of Arizona and the securing of it as part of the United States here. The museum is not afraid of sharing the good and bad parts of Arizona's history such as Geronimo and the Native American tribes and the internment of Americans of Japanese descent. There is an amazing exhibit on the mining of gold, silver, and other minerals that are evident in Arizona's creation. Other exhibit topics include mining and transportation. Some of the museum's treasures are 18th-century Spanish silver artifacts and Geronimo's rifle. The museum also has many hands-on exhibits for children as well as historical play areas. There are items that belonged to Wyatt Earp and a life-sized replica of a mine that visitors can walk through that leads to an outdoor garden. The museum has a Studebaker car that was named after an Arizona Sheriff.
Upon entering, visitors are greeted by friendly and helpful employees and are given an easy-to-follow museum map to help you see it all. All ages enjoy this museum. The gift shop is full of books and interesting items for everyone, and visitors also enjoy the many stories that are told inside!