Arizona Military Museum, Phoenix

4.9
#14 of 14 in Museums in Phoenix
The Arizona Military Museum is a museum operated and managed by the Arizona National Guard Historical Society, Inc.--a private non-profit corporation. The Historical Society’s purposes are: “To enhance the appreciation of the military history of Arizona and the contributions of the Militia of Arizona and the Arizona National Guard to the State of Arizona and to the Nation…” (Bylaws, Article I, Section 1). To accomplish its purposes, the Historical Society shall strive: “…to discover and memorialize the history of the Military of Arizona, the Arizona National Guard, and the general military history of Arizona, and to establish and maintain a museum on land leased, owned, or otherwise controlled by the Society.” (Id.). .
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  • May 3, 2017
    My husband is in the US Navy, so we decided to check this place out. We got there at 1pm when it opened and went on a little tour. Takes your through all the major US wars, and some things are pretty ...  more »
  • April 9, 2017
    They have great displays and tons of weapons from every era. Well done displays. Great to see and AZ has a proud military history.  more »
  • February 27, 2017
    The Arizona Military Museum was a great way to spend a few hours. The displays are all chronological and cover everything Arizona/military. There is a lot of reading to get the most out of the display...  more »
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  • April 30, 2017
    This place was really awesome. Located on a military reserve base and OCS for the Army, it adds to the military feel. The your good was amazing and took his time explaining in detail each event and showcase as well as answering questions. Covers everything from the Spanish way and beyond to include Civil War, WWI, WWII, Operation Iraqi Freedom, etc. Teaches you about the rough riders, Navajo code talkers, blacks in the army, uniforms worn, the native Americans in the military, and a whole bunch more. Make sure to bring something to drink with you however, as I didn't see any vending machines or water fountains, however I could have just missed them. It is also not temperature controlled so it will be a little warm on the inside. It is handicap and wheelchair friendly.
  • April 10, 2017
    For a small museum, they effectively use the space and provide a great oversight of Arizona military history dating back to the westward expansion (and some before, as well). While it is a smaller museum, their collection is solid and can be followed through each military period. Friendly and helpful volunteers can provide assistance, as needed. Probably the last place that has a nice display about the "Great Papago Escape" by German WWII POWs since the city did not care for the camp and escape route in recent years. Facility is an old adobe building that was utilized by German POWs to repair vehicles, so it is, in itself, a historical facility, as well. Completely worth the time and effort!
  • April 29, 2017
    Super interesting, easily 1-2 hours. Tons of amazing history, weapons, uniforms, etc!
  • September 26, 2016
    I really enjoyed the exhibit on Frank Luke. WWI heroes are mostly all but forgotten. This was a short but sweet tribute to an American Hero.
  • June 8, 2017
    Amazing place.

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