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Phoenix for History Buffs

Don't fret, history buffs. Yes, though the Valley is known for its new shopping destinations and sparkling neighborhoods, there is still plenty of history to explore.

The downtown Phoenix area plays host to a number of historical sites and museums, including Heritage Square, which gives a sneak peek at the city's Victorian past. Tour the Arizona Capitol Museum and learn about Arizona's history before wandering through Wesley Bolin Memorial Park, one of the Phoenix Points of Pride.

The Valley also is the site of archaeological ruins, which you can explore at the Pueblo Grande Museum. To learn about native arts and cultures, head to the Heard Museum. 

Famous residents also have shaped the history of the Valley, so take time to visit the homes of architect Frank Lloyd Wright (Taliesin West) and gum magnate William Wrigley Jr. (Wrigley Mansion).

And, of course, take in our ever-evolving landscape and innovative new destinations, because one day those will be part of Phoenix's rich history as well.

Wesley Bolin Memorial Plaza

An urban park and gathering place with memorials, monuments and gardens. There are 30 memorials in total, honoring individuals, organziations and events. Highlights include the mast and anchor of the USS Arizona; memorials ranging from World War I to Desert Storm; the Arizona 9/11 Memorial; and memorials to Dr.

Pueblo Grande Museum & Archaeological Park

Time-travel back 1,500 years to when the Hohokom lived at this site. This National Historic Landmark and Phoenix Point of Pride is the largest preserved archaeological site within Phoenix. Wander throught the partially excavated village with its platform mound, ballcourt and replicated prehistoric houses.

Rosson House Museum

The 1895 Victorian home of a surgeon who became mayor of Phoenix has parquet floors, painstakingly replicated wallpaper patterns, a pressed-tin ceiling, transoms containing ruby glass, and a few gib doors on the second floor that allowed beds to be rolled onto the balcony in pre-air conditioning days. Hourly tours W-Su.

Heritage Square

This city block is home to restored buildings dating back to the late 1800s, and is the only remaining group of residential structures from the original townsite of Phoenix. Some interiors—like those of the 10-room, 2,800-square-foot Rosson House—have been restored to their original residential luster, and can be toured.

Heard Museum

This respected institution began in 1929 with a private collection of American Indian art, and continues to grow. Curated, themed, static and interactive exhibits feature icons, implements, lore, lifestyles and artistic expression from primitive through contemporary.

Mystery Castle

An 8,000-square-foot folk architecture castle in the foothills of South Mountain, with 18 rooms, 13 fireplaces and scores of there’s-a-story-here antiques, craftworks and found objects. Tours Th-Su.

Eisendrath Center for Water Conservation

This historic Pueblo Revivial Style adobe was originally commissioned by Rose G. Eisendrath. Hailing from Chicago, she discovered Arizona in the 1920s, and commissioned the house in 1930, after being refused at a local resort due to her Jewish ethnicity. It was constructed by architect and master builder Robert T.

Tovrea Castle at Carraro Heights

Phoenix’s cattle-ranching history and the aspirations of Italian builder Alessio Carraro and American meat magnate E.A. Tovrea are as central to the castle visible from Loop 202 as the pine and stucco used to build it in 1930.