The Phoenix Police Museum is a smallish space with an important mission. It represents the dedication of the City of Phoenix Police Department, headquartered since the 1920s in the building where the museum now exists, the historic City Hall building. The museum started as a small exhibit in 1993 and grew in exhibit size and popularity until it received its own space and the recognition as a full-fledged museum in June 2012.
Not only can you see full-size vehicles here and get historical timelines about the department, but the museum also includes a memorial to fallen officers. I estimate that most people would spend about 30 to 45 minutes to explore the museum. Yes, there's a gift shop, too.
What: Phoenix Police Museum
Where: Historic City Hall at 17 S. 2nd Avenue in Downtown Phoenix, Arizona. That's on the north side of Jefferson, between 1st and 3rd Avenues, just two blocks away from CityScape. The museum is accessible by METRO Light Rail.
Hours: Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Closed for all City of Phoenix holidays.
Cost: Admission is free. Donations are accepted, and annual memberships are offered.