150 Ways to Enjoy the Sonoran Desert Lifestyle Mesa Historical Museum 2345 N. Horne St. | Mesa | 480-835-7358 Historic 1913 schoolhouse houses farm machinery and domestic farmstead items. Memorabilia of early Mesa, Stringtown and Lehi settlers. Murals depict the story of the Southwest and Mesa area development. www.valleyhistoryinc.com Musical Instrument Museum 4725 E. Mayo Boulevard | Phoenix | 480-478-6000 The world’s first global instrument museum offers a history of musical instruments throughout the world. www.themim.org Penske Racing Museum 7125 E. Chauncey Lane | Phoenix | 480-538-4444 Celebrates the winning tradition of Penske racing, showcasing vintage race cars, racing trophies, memorabilia. www.penskeracingmuseum.com Petersen House Museum 1414 W. Southern Ave. | Tempe | 480-350-5151 After extensive restoration, the Petersen House received the 1990 Governor’s Award of Historic Preservation. www.tempe.gov/petersenhouse Phoenix Art Museum 1625 N. Central Ave. | Phoenix | 602-257-1222 Includes 16,000 artworks that span the centuries. Modern and contemporary American, Asian, European, Latin American and Western American art, fashion and the Thorne Miniature Rooms of historic interiors. ArtWorks, an interactive “child-friendly, please touch!” gallery. www.phxart.org Phoenix Police Museum 101 S. Central Ave., Suite 100 | Phoenix | 602-534-7278 Police artifacts dating from the late 1800s. Exhibits show the department’s history, from its early police marshals to present day. www.phoenixpolicemuseum.com Pioneer Arizona Living History Museum 3901 W. Pioneer Rd. | Phoenix | 623-465-1052 Located 30 minutes north of Phoenix, the museum sits on 90 acres of an old 1800s village, with original buildings and accurate reproductions. The village houses 30 historic buildings from the 1880s to the turn of the century. www.pioneer-arizona.com Pueblo Grande Museum and Archaeological Park 4619 E. Washington St. | Phoenix | 602-495-0907 or 877-706-4408 Dedicated to the study of the Hohokam culture. Explore the ruin of an 800-year-old platform mound, an excavated ball court and full-scale reproductions of prehistoric Hohokam homes. http://phoenix.gov/recreation/arts/museums/pueblo/index.html
River of Time Museum 12901 N. La Montana Blvd. | Fountain Hills | 480-837-2612 ROT leads visitors through creative, informative exhibits that recount the captivating past of the Lower Verde River Valley, depicts the importance of water in the Sonoran Desert and illustrates how water determines the course of history. Programs and activities for adults and children. www.riveroftimemuseum.org Scottsdale Historical Museum 7333 East Scottsdale Mall | Scottsdale Get the chance to see items from as early as the 1920’s, and enjoy viewing Indian Art. www.scottsdalemuseum.com Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art 7374 E. Second St. | Scottsdale Global in its focus, SMoCA is a gathering place for experiencing contemporary art and culture. As a unique and vital cultural resource for the southwest, the Museum offers a variety of exhibition-related programs and special events with activities for lifelong learners. www.smoca.org Shemer Art Center & Museum 5005 E. Camelback Rd. | Phoenix | 602-262-4727 1920s Santa Fe mission-style building features exhibits by Arizona artists, as well as classes for the whole family. www.shemerartcenterandmuseum.org Superstition Mountain Lost Dutchman Museum 4087 N. Apache Trail | Apache Junction | 480-983-4888 The museum collects, preserves and displays the artifacts, history and folklore of the Superstition Mountains, Apache Junction and the surrounding region. www.superstitionmountainmuseum.org Tempe Historical Museum 809 E. Southern Ave. | Tempe | 480-350-5100 Depicting the history of Tempe from its founding in 1871 to its growth and development into a modern city. Hands-on exhibits, two changing galleries and gift shop. www.tempe.gov/museum West Valley Art Museum 17420 N. Avenue of the Arts | Surprise | 623-972-0635 Five galleries host 30-40 exhibitions annually including exhibits from its permanent collections of ethnic dress, American and Oriental art. www.wvam.org
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Sonoran Lifestyle Real Estate The lifestyle of the Sonoran Desert is warm, casual and colorful. Whether it’s an incredible sunset, the endle...