The museum features interactive exhibits, fun activities for kids, and frequent concerts, presentations and films. Admission is free!Use our Tempe trip itinerary builder app to arrange your visit to Tempe History Museum and other attractions in Tempe.
The Tempe Historical Museum was founded by the Tempe Historical Society, a private non-profit group of citizens, which operated the Museum from its inception in 1972 until July 1, 1984 when it became a division of the City of Tempe's Community Services Department. In 2010, the museum was renovated to incorporate a community gathering space, a children's area and new permanent exhibits. This museum is a perfect choice for all ages.
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Tempe History Museum Reviews
Check out the museum and the calendar of events, free local music during the season, exhibits change, learn/experience Tempe history, learn about its roots in music, learn about the indigenous people ... more »
The museum is not large but it contains a lot of material and is well organized. It covers the people and history of Tempe. The exhibit Humans of Tempe is excellent. more »
The SW corner of Rural Road and Southern Avenue in Tempe has become a real cultural center in the East Valley. Not only is it the location of Tempe Public Library, Vihel Center for the Arts, and Pyle Adult Center, but it is also the home for Tempe's new, modern Historical Museum. The Museum offers a walk through Tempe's historic, ethnic past set in a modern, colorful building. Exhibits for young and old alike. I especially enjoyed the Hohokam artifacts from Tempe's prehistoric days and my wife appreciated the exhibits presenting Arizona State University history. There is an active program for school children and family-friendly performances. Free admission, free parking, and free entertainment.
I like this cozy museum. It's right next to the Tempe Public Library off of Southern Ave and Rural, and there's no charge to get in. The whole museum takes a little over an hour and half hours to walk through (if you're like me and read through all the signs). The people at the front desk are also super helpful and friendly too. I do miss that slanted wooden house thingy they had about 2 (?) years ago. It looks like they took that exhibit away and it was super fun when it was there. I hope the bring it back.
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