Our past is amazingly interesting, and kids are amazingly curious. From dino lovers to the ones interested in history and ancestors, children are always absorbing information and what better way of doing so than having fun at the same time? Phoenix offers a variety of both indoor and outdoor places to learn about past times.
AZ Heritage Center at Papago Park
Where: 1300 N College Ave, Tempe, AZ 85281, USA
AZ Heritage Center is home to the Arizona Historical Society library and archives, a dreamed place for researchers, school children and historians.
The exhibits feature more than 100 years of Central Arizona history and Arizonans’ past life and work. The interactive museum offers guided tours and can be customized.
Monday – Thursday: 10am – 5pm
Friday – Saturday: 10am – 4pm
Desert Botanical Garden
Where: 1201 N Galvin Pkwy, Phoenix, AZ 85008, USA
Desert Botanical Garden helps to understand the desert’s natural beauty.
Nature plays an important role in history, and this beautiful outdoor place provides great education about the Sonoran Desert.
Daily: 8am – 8pm
Where: 2301 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004, USA
The central topic of the Heard Museum’s collections and exhibitions is American Indian Art. Everything you wanted to learn about the subject is here.
The whole family will enjoy exhibitions and shows, and learn about Arizona’s past.
Monday to Saturday: 9:30am – 5pm
Sunday: 11am – 5pm
First Friday of each Month (except March): 6pm to 10pm
Museum of Northern Arizona
Where: 3101 N Fort Valley Rd, Flagstaff, AZ 86001, USA
The Museum of Northern Arizona focuses on the Colorado Plateau.
It includes a historic exhibit building with galleries that showcases the art, the anthropology and the geology of the Colorado Plateau region. It also offers a shop and a bookstore to keep on learning when you get home.
Monday-Saturday: 10am – 5pm
Sunday: 12pm – 5pm
Pioneer Arizona Living History Museum
Where: 901 West Pioneer Road, Phoenix, AZ 85086, USA
Pioneer Arizona Living History Museum is an open-air museum that teaches visitors about the 19th century Arizona.
You will walk through a village and visit historical buildings and accurate reproductions. Visit an 1890’s dress shop, a jail, a sheriff’s office and much more!
Wednesday to Sunday: 9am to 4pm
Pueblo Grande Museum
Where: 4619 E Washington St, Phoenix, AZ 85034, USA
Visit a prehistoric Hohokam archaeological village, replicated prehistoric houses, 3 indoor galleries, a theater and so much more.
Pueblo Grande Museum is an archaeological site museum that exhibits cultural materials of Pueblo Grande and the Greater Southwest. The site was once inhabited by the Ancestral Sonoran Desert People.
Monday through Saturday: 9am – 4:45pm
Sunday: 1pm – 4:45 p.m.
Superstition Mountain Museum
Where: 4087 East Apache Trail, Apache Junction, AZ, USA
If you want to learn about the history and folklore of the Superstition Mountains, Apache Junctions and the surrounding region, this is the place to visit.
Inhabitants of these regions included the Salado, Hohokam and Apache Indians. Visit the Superstition Mountain Museum to be educated in all of this amazing region.
Daily: 9am – 4pm
River of Time Museum
Where: 12901 North La Montana Drive, Fountain Hills, AZ, USA
River of Time Museum’s focus is the people of the Lower Verde River valley: the Hohokam, the Yavapai and early ranchers.
The interactive museum offers special exhibits for all the family to enjoy.
Summer Schedule (June through September):
Thursday through Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to Noon.
Regular Schedule (October through May):
Tuesday through Saturday: 10:00 a.m to 4:00 p.m
Arizona Museum of Natural History
Where: 53 North Macdonald, Mesa, AZ 85201, USA
Dinosaurs, nature, human body, interactive exhibits are just a few of the many things that you can find at the Arizona Museum of Natural History.
Bring the kids, friends, family, they will all enjoy the museum and exhibitions, and will learn things you will never forget.
Tuesday – Friday: 10am – 5pm
Saturday: 11am – 5pm
Sunday: 1pm – 5pm
Where: 9500 East Vía de Ventura, Scottsdale, AZ 85256, USA
Most of the kids love dinosaurs and their world, so this is the place to bring the children if you want to spend some quality time learning and enjoying the many interactive exhibits, recreations of prehistoric habitats and so much more.
You can have dinner with the family after you all finish exploring!
Tuesday: Available For Private Events!
Wednesday to Monday: 10am – 6pm