Museums
Explore the world of art, science, and history by visiting a museum in Arizona. Museum trips can make your lessons come alive and can offer a fun way to spend the day learning.
Art Museums
Desert Botanical Garden
Nestled amid the red buttes of Papago Park, the Desert Botanical Garden hosts one of the world’s finest collections of desert plants, showcasing 50 acres of beautiful outdoor exhibits. Home to 139 rare, threatened and endangered plant species from around the world, the Garden offers interesting and inspiring experiences.
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is a world-renowned zoo, natural history museum and botanical garden, all in one place! Exhibits re-create the natural landscape of the Sonoran Desert Region so realistically you find yourself eye-to-eye with mountain lions, prairie dogs, Gila monsters, and more. Within the Museum grounds, you will see more than 300 animal species and 1,200 kinds of plants. There are almost 2 miles of paths traversing 21 acres of beautiful desert.
Children's Museums
Children's Museum Tucson
The Children's Museum Tucson is an interactive and educational venue for children, parents, and the entire family. Here you can explore and connect in ways not possible anywhere else. Have fun in the Gravity Room and discover, create, and connect through experiential building in the Build It! exhibit. They offer classes for preschoolers and activities for school age children.
Children's Museum of Phoenix
The Children's Museum of Phoenix is one of the top three children's museums in the nation. It is a wondrous place of imagination, inspiration, creativity and just plain fun. Designed for children ages birth to 10, this is a museum where you are encouraged to touch everything. And with over 48,000 square feet of space, there's plenty to touch. The Museum offers more than 300 play experiences, spread throughout three floors in the magnificent and historic Monroe School Building. They also offer a diverse range of classes and programs, from music and yoga, to math and science, and their Art Studio is a budding artist's dream come true.
Hall of Flame Fire Museum and the National Firefighting Hall of Heroes
The Hall of Flame Fire Museum and the National Firefighting Hall of Heroes, located in Phoenix, Arizona, has almost an acre of fire history exhibits, with over 90 fully restored pieces of fire apparatus on display, dating from 1725 to 1969. Most of the exhibits are American, but there are also pieces from England, France, Austria, Germany, and Japan. The Hall of Flame sponsors the National Firefighting Hall of Heroes, which honors firefighters who have died in the line of duty or who have been decorated for heroism.
i.d.e.a. Museum
The i.d.e.a. Museum is the place to explore your imagination through design in art, science and technology! We support “your child and the child within you” by providing interactive opportunities that engage your senses and encourage creativity. There are three main exhibit areas and an outdoor atrium to explore during your visit. You may enjoy your own lunch in the Atrium or Snackery. Visitor service staff can provide you with a list of local eateries if you wish to eat out. The museum began in 1978 as the Arizona Museum for Youth until its name changed to i.d.e.a. Museum on February 6, 2014. As the original children’s museum focused on art in the country, it is a public/private partnership between the City of Mesa and the i.d.e.a. Museum Board of Directors. Our mission is to encourage visitors to experience their world differently through art, creativity and imagination.
Association of Children's Museums
The Association of Children’s Museums (ACM) is a professional member service organization for the children’s museum field. ACM is the only organization representing museums and professionals dedicated to early childhood play, the starting point in the continuum of lifelong learning. The Association promotes the impact children’s museums have in preparing children for school, building 21st century skills and nurturing a love for lifelong learning.
Science & Technology Museums
Hall of Flame Fire Museum and the National Firefighting Hall of Heroes
The Hall of Flame Fire Museum and the National Firefighting Hall of Heroes, located in Phoenix, Arizona, has almost an acre of fire history exhibits, with over 90 fully restored pieces of fire apparatus on display, dating from 1725 to 1969. Most of the exhibits are American, but there are also pieces from England, France, Austria, Germany, and Japan. The Hall of Flame sponsors the National Firefighting Hall of Heroes, which honors firefighters who have died in the line of duty or who have been decorated for heroism.
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