6347 E. Southern Ave.
Mesa, AZ 85206
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Arts & Museums
Take a trip through all the action that occurs in the sky by visiting the Commemorative Air Force Arizona Wing Aviation Museum; a legacy created to honor the memory of the brave air force personnel from World war II era. Immerse yourself in the past as you browse through their various exhibits. Some of the popular exhibits are 'Honoring the Fallen', 'Tuskegee Airmen' and 'Enemy Artifacts'. Do not forget to take a good look at 'B-17G Sentimental Journey', the aircraft that kick-started the thought for the museum's establishment. Visitors also get a chance to experience a flight run in one of the World War II fighter planes!
Mesa Contemporary Arts Center, is an exhibition area within Mesa Arts Center, a name synonymous with contemporary art. This place houses five galleries, each displaying unique creations by aspiring artists as well as established, renowned ones. Visitors are amazed to discover the creative vision reflected in each exhibition. 'Fire & Sand' and 'Glass Sessionism' are just few examples of this ingenuity. For those who wish to hone their artistic skills after browsing through this inspiring collection, can enroll for the various workshops and lectures conducted here. Some of these exhibits have been worked upon by artists for decades.
If a fan of contemporary art, then the Mesa Arts Center is the place for you. This place constantly displays art work created by both well-known artists as well as amateurs. Enter and be amazed in this world of canvas and colors. However that is not all; check their website to know more about their performing arts schedule. With comfortable seating, a great stage view and superb acoustics, you are bound to enjoy all of their scheduled performances.
Arizona's premier museum of southwestern cultural and natural history, the Mesa Southwest Museum features the largest collection of dinosaur fossils in the state. This 80,000 square foot facility holds 58,000 objects in its collection. Located on the second floor of the museum, the Mesa Southwest Museum Research Library is a non-circulating library specializing in southwest natural and cultural history.
Visit the prehistoric era and learn about the fascinating world of dinosaurs. The Arizona Museum of Natural History has done a commendable job in preserving and presenting these creatures, in addition to other exhibits that are dedicated to local anthropology and natural history. The museum takes visitors right back to the time when the earth was formed. Galleries in the museum display replicas and give visitors the opportunity to understand the aspects of paleontology. Ongoing exhibitions include Origins, Dinosaur Hall, Paleo Dig Pit, Heritage Wall, Fun with History!, Exploration Station and many more. Check out their website to help plan you visit ahead.
Mesa Historical Museum was founded in 1987 to chronicle and display Mesa's historical heritage by the Mesa Historical Society. The exhibits give detailed information about the history of Mesa and its settlers. Check website for more details.
The Arizona Museum for Youth is for children of all ages. Interactive activities have been the hallmark of this unique museum, making it a fun place to be, with its hands-on activities, classes and workshops. With two galleries, ArtVille, a permanent exhibition and activity zone for toddlers and ArtZone, for kids who are five and older, it aims to promote artistic creativity through fine art. It is also a great place for grown-ups, whether parents or not, to enjoy a memorable outing.
Preserving Arizona's railroad history is the prime directive of this facility. Various engines are displayed, including a 1906 steam engine. Flat-beds, tankers and passenger cars are featured as well. Smaller artifacts on display include exclusive china patterns, which were often designed for specific trains, as well as lanterns and tools. Admission is free, but donations are gladly accepted. Funding of restoration is exclusively through private donations. Bring cash as credit cards are not accepted.
Journey through time with the O'odham (Pima) and Piipaash (Maricopa) communities at the Huhugam Ki Museum. Huhugam Ki translates as House of the Ancestors and is a typical brick house surrounded by vegetation that matches the vast southwestern landscape. The exhibits housed here take visitors through the origins and growth of the community. Guests may even catch a native weaving a Pima basket or molding a Maricopa Pot. Contact the museum, if interested in participating in traditional cooking classes or food festivals.
Superstition Mountain Museum houses a vast collection comprising the rich and mystical folklore of the enigmatic Superstition Mountain. This area has a great number of tales to be told, to all those who would lend a ear. Visitors can take delight in viewing the unique exhibits here. Popular among these are the 'Jacob Waltz Exhibit'- whose legend 'The Lost Dutchman' resonates in the area. The legend states how Jacob migrated to the region and discovered a mother lode in the mountains, but the location remains unknown till date. The gallery also displays various artifacts that showcase the rich heritage of the locals settled in the region. Elvis fans, do not forget to visit the Elvis Memorial Chapel.
The site for this museum was completed in 1991, in what was once the 36,000 square-foot (3344.51 square meter) Tempe Public Library. This exhibit gallery sets its focus on the preservation and interpretation of Tempe's history. The museum also includes the Petersen House Museum, a Queen Anne Victorian house which showcases Tempe's daily life at the turn of the century. Permanent and changing exhibits and educational programs address Tempe's history from a state and national perspective.
Center for Meteorite Studies, a part of the Arizona State University, houses an extensive collection of meteorites. The collection numbering in the thousands supports global geological and planetary research.