Celebrating Arizona's Museums

May is National Museum Month, and the Digital Arizona Library makes it easy to explore a selection of Arizona’s many museums.

            In 1893, Territorial Governor George W.P. Hunt introduced a bill establishing the Arizona Territorial Museum in Tucson. The museum, which curates Arizona’s archaeological collections, changed its name to the Arizona State Museum when Arizona became a state in 1912. Later, the Arizona Capitol Museum was established in 1981 to help connect the people of Arizona with their state government.

Arizona State Capitol Museum

To learn more about these museums and others that are located throughout the State of Arizona, explore the Digital Arizona Library Collection.  

Arizona Digital Newspaper

“Arizona’s Chance to Get a Museum,” The Arizona Republican, May 5, 1908, p. 2, column 2

 Arizona Memory Project

Arizona Capitol Museum Collections

Arizona State Museum Collections

Reading Arizona

Michael D. Carman, Under the Copper Dome, Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records, 2001.

William Ascarza, and Peggy Pickering Larson, Arizona – Sonora Desert Museum, USA: Arcadia Publishing, 2010.