On 16th Street South of Thomas Road in Phoenix, Arizona

Heritage & Culture

Although Arizona’s a bit of a baby to the United States – the state was third-from-last to become an “official” part of the country, which happened on Valentine’s Day in 1912 – the region was inhabited long before statehood.

As a result, American Indian sites, such as ruins of villages and ancient structures that stand as a testament to ingenuity, and missions that were founded by European, Catholic missionaries in the late-1600s, dot Arizona.

More-recent history includes Victorian mansions in Prescott, the state’s former capital. And of course, who can forget Arizona’s Wild West history, including the famed gunfight at the OK Corral, which is replicated almost daily.

Get a real-life look at attractions that remain relevant to this day, and for centuries. Browse the listings below to see how you can honor pieces of Arizona's past.

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Butterfly Lodge Museum

Butterfly Lodge Museum

southeast corner of State Route #373 and Co. Road #1126
Greer, AZ 85927

Phippen Museum

Phippen Museum

Where Western Art, Heritage & History Come Alive

4701 AZ-89
Prescott, AZ 86301

Arizona State Museum / University of Arizona

Arizona State Museum / University of Arizona

Arizona State Museum is renowned for its excellence in preserving, interpreting, and presenting the material culture of the region.

1013 E University Blvd
Tucson, AZ 85719

Grady Gammage Memorial Auditorium

Grady Gammage Memorial Auditorium

Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, Gammage Auditorium was built between 1962 to 1964 following Wright's death in 1959. The building was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1985.

1200 S. Forest Avenue
Tempe, AZ 85281

Bird Cage Theater Museum

Bird Cage Theater Museum

In the 1880s it was not only a theater, but also served as a saloon, gambling hall and brothel. The New York Times called it, "the wildest, roughest, wickedest honky tonk between Basin Street and the Barbary Coast."

Allen and 6th Street
Tombstone, AZ 85638

Scottsdale Historical Museum

Scottsdale Historical Museum

7333 E. Scottsdale Mall
Scottsdale, AZ 85251

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