Whether you’re an Arizonan who would like to see your government in action, or bring your class to the Capitol, or planning to include a visit to Wesley Bolin Memorial Plaza as part of an Arizona tour, you’re welcome to spend the day at the Arizona Capitol.
Arizona Capitol Museum
The Arizona Capitol Museum is located in the 1901 statehouse building, and features exhibits that tell the story of government in the 48th state.
1700 W Washington St, Phoenix.
Hours: Monday - Friday 9:00AM - 4:00PM Saturday 10:00AM - 2:00PM (Sept - May)
No admission charge.
State Library of Arizona
The State Library of Arizona is in the 1938 addition to the historic Capitol building, and houses state and federal documents and legal materials. The main reading room features the Pageant of Arizona Progress, a series of murals painted by Jay Datus as a part of a Works Progress Administration commission. The library entrance is on the third floor, and may be accessed directly from the Museum.
1700 W Washington St, Suite 300, Phoenix.
Hours: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Historic Supreme Court Chambers
The Historic Supreme Court Chambers is also in the 1938 addition to the Capitol building. The main courtroom served the court from 1938 to 1974. In this space Native American voting rights in Arizona were argued, as were due process for adults and minors with the cases Miranda v. Arizona and in re Gault. The first female Chief Justice of a U.S. State Supreme Court, Lorna Lockwood, presided here. The courtroom is now part of the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records Administrative Office, located on the second floor. Visitors are welcome when not in use for meetings. Please inquire with the rental coordinator (602) 926-3620.
1700 W. Washington St., Suite 200, Phoenix.
Hours: 8:00AM - 5:00PM M-F
Wesley Bolin Memorial Plaza
Wesley Bolin Memorial Plaza is home to more than thirty memorials, including a World War II Memorial, “Salute the Fallen,” with guns from the USS Arizona and USS Missouri. Pick up a map to the memorials inside the Capitol Museum. The plaza has paved walkways, benches and grassy areas, but does not have picnic tables or restrooms.
Located between West Jefferson and Adams streets, east of 17th Avenue.
Hours: Sunrise to sunset.
A copper dome sits atop the historic Capitol building, with a Winged Victory weather vane. Initially the dome was light gray until 1975 when the entire roof was covered in copper. New copper was placed on the dome in 2011 in preparation for the 2012 statehood centennial.
The Arizona Legislature is housed in buildings flanking the historic Capitol Building. The session starts the second Monday of January each year. The House of Representatives and the Senate are located directly in front of the Old Capitol building, and the Executive Tower is directly behind (and connected via the 1938 addition).
The map below details all the murals, memorials, and monuments in and around the Capitol Mall. Click here to download the map.
Make sure to check out daily and weekly events happening at the Capitol and Legislature.