Southwest Side Story
More than just the home of Arizona State University, the city of Tempe has a long and rich history -- which this museum preserves and shares.
Tempe History Museum
Located on the eastern side of Phoenix, this suburban museum is dedicated to exploring the identity of the city of Tempe and works with the residents to preserve and tell their stories. Visitors can explore four different areas of the museum: College Town, Building Our Community, Living Together, and Surviving in the Desert. In addition to these exhibits, there's the Kid's Place with a focus on history for children and the Little Devil's Stadium (named after Tempe's ASU Sun Devils) where toddlers and crawlers can safely do their thing. The museum also features a rotating selection of exhibits, all having to do with the Tempe area.
First opened in 1972 in a wing of the Tempe Public Library, this free museum now occupies the entire library building, remodeled and reopened in early 2011. Admission is free, however donations are gladly accepted.
About the Tempe History Museum
Address: 809 E Southern Ave, Tempe, Arizona 85282
Website: Tempe History Museum