Each May The International Council of Museums designates a day as International Museum Day. In 2013, International Museum Day is on Saturday, May 18. The theme for 2013 is "Museums (Memory + Creativity) = Social Change." Several Central Arizona Museums host special events throughout the month of May to focus attention on our wonderful museums.
Of course, we have many exciting museums in the Greater Phoenix area that offer free admission on a regular basis, and some are free every day. See a list of Phoenix area museums with free admission.
Phoenix Museums With Special Events For Museum Day in May
Arizona Military Museum
The Arizona Military Museum houses displays relating to the military history of Arizona and Arizonans who served in the military including Conquistadors, Spanish Colonial, Mexican, Arizona Territory, Indian Wars. Spanish-American War, The Border Incident (Punitive Expedition), WWI, WWII (including a special display about the Bushmasters), Korean War, Viet Nam, Desert Storm, Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom, Army Air Corps, USAF, and the AZ National Guard. The museum is located on the Papago Military Reservation at 5600 East McDowell Road, Phoenix, AZ.
In 2013: May 18 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Arizona Museum for Youth
Arizona Museum for Youth "introduces children to the visual excitement and cultural enrichment provided by the fine arts. Our environment is especially designed to spark the imagination, stimulate the mind and captivate the eye."
In 2013: Two-for-one admission on May 18 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., may not be combined with other offers or coupons.
Desert Caballeros Western Museum
"Arizona’s most Western museum." Map to downtown Wickenburg.
In 2013: Free admission on May 18 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
"One of the world’s finest destinations for learning about American Indian arts and cultures." Watch the video! See a map to Heard Museum.
In 2013: Non-members receive 2-for-1 admission in groups of two or four persons only on May 18 from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Pueblo Grande Museum
Pueblo Grande Museum is the site of the prehistoric Hohokam's archaeological ruins of the platform mound, ballcourt and canal systems. In addition our outdoor interpretive trail has replicated housing and agricultural systems. Inside are three exhibit galleries and a theatre that focus on the Hohokam, archaeology, native people, and the southwest. Map to Pueblo Grande Museum. See the video!
In 2013: Free admission on May 18 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and all-you-can-make arts and crafts in the classroom for $5
River of Time Museum
Follow the timeline of the Lower Verde River Valley from its geologic origins to its present day panorama. Fountain Hills.
In 2013: Free admission on May 18 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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Visit the Central Arizona Museum Association for more information about museum offerings in the Phoenix area.
All dates, times, prices and offerings are subject to change without notice.