Phoenix Museums

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Phoenix Art Museum

corner of Central Ave and McDowell Rd., 257-1222
Open Tuesday - Sunday, 10am - 5pm; Thursday, 10am - 9pm. Closed
Mondays and major holidays. Admission: $7; adults 65 & over and students
with ID $5; ages 6 - 18, $2; free to Museum Members and all on Thurs. Some
exhibitions may have special prices and policies. E-mail address: [email protected]

Arizona Doll and Toy Museum

Adults $2

Arizona Hall of Fame Museum

1101 W. Washington St., 255-2110

Arizona Mining and Mineral Museum

1502 West Washington Street
Phoenix, AZ 85007
602 255-3795 x 10

MOON rocks? Here? Does the President know about them? Yes. Yes. Yes.

On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong took a "small step" into the future of space exploration when Apollo 11 brought him and Buzz Aldrin to the moon on the Eagle. The two astronauts collected and returned with 46 pounds of rocks. Four pieces - about two millimeters each - were encased in a clear plastic ball, and were given to Bruce Babbitt in the 1970's. Babbitt was Arizona Attorney General (1975-1978) and then Governor (1978-1987).

As he was packing his effects at the end of his term, he was visited by his good friend, Edna Vinck, a Globe native, and member of the Arizona Dept of Mines and Mineral Resources Board of Directors. the Department was mandated to open and maintain the Arizona Mining and Mineral Museum in 1984. He told her she could have anything she wanted, and she chose the moon rocks, saying "Bruce, I want these for the museum!". He gladly acquiesced.

The rocks, minute souvenirs of the glory time in space, sit on display over a hand-sewn, faded Arizona flag that reputedly was sent on that mission.

As this nation gears up for a return, one wonders if those pieces of the moon will be joined by others akin to them, or if new species will join the collection.

Children visiting the museum nod sagely when they hear this story, but their eyes open wide as they gaze on that ball. The most often asked question the museum staff hears is, "Are they really from the MOON?"

Arizona Science Center

North East corner of 7th and Washington Streets General information: 602-716-2000. Admission prices: $8 for adults; $6 for children, planetarium and theater shows are an additional $3. E-mail: [email protected].

Arizona State Capitol Museum

1700 W. Washington St., 542-4581

Arizona State University Art Museum

Carver/Phoenix Union Colored High School Musem and Cultural Center
415 E. Grant St., 602/254-7516

Heritage and Science Park
corner of 7th and Monroe St., 262-5071

Museo Chicano
corner of Central Ave. and Adams St., 257-5536
Adults $2

Native Ring/Stevens-Haustgen House

Phoenix Museum of History
Adults $5

Phoenix Police Museum
corner of Jefferson St. & Central Ave., 534-7278

Rosson House

Adults $3

Silva House


The Heard Museum

22 E. Monte Vist Rd., 252-8848
Adults $4

Telephone Pioneer Museum

20 E. Thams Rd., 630-2060

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