USS Arizona: Flagship of the Fleet
The USS Arizona, named in honor of the 48th addition to the Union, is a symbol of the state. In addition to the memorial at Wesley Bolin Memorial Plaza, the battleship’s silver service and other artifacts are on display in the museum. The USS Arizona was sunk during the invasion of Pearl Harbor and represents a turning point for the nation, prompting the US to enter World War II.
Arizona Takes Shape
The United States government created the Territory of Arizona on February 24, 1863. Follow the journey from westward expansion through statehood to see how Arizona evolved.
The Governor conducts executive business with the officers of the government, executes the laws, and communicates with the legislative branch. This location was used by the Arizona Governor until 1974 and features first Governor of Arizona, a rotation of past Governors and the 23rd Governer of the State.
Historic House Chamber
See what government in action looked like during early statehood. The chamber has been restored to look as it did during the Arizona Constitutional Convention in 1910.
Come see the newest exhibits at the Arizona Capitol Museum:
- Secretary of State's Office: What is the Secretary's job? A view of responsibilites, accomplishments and community involvement of the 20th Secretary of State and history of the office are highlighted in this newly updated exhibit. This exhibit is located on the 2nd floor of the museum.
- The Judicial Branch - Arizona State Courts: Visitors can see a robe worn by Supreme Court Justice, Sandra Day O'Conner, learn about Arizona Supreme Cour Justices and some of the notable cases decided in the Arizona Supreme Court. This exhibit is located on the 3rd floor of the museum.
- Minerals of Arizona's Historic Mining Communities: This exhibit includes minerals, crystals, rocks, and fossils provided by the Arizona Mining, Meneral and Natural Resource Education Museum. The importance of abandoned minig sites is also an educational component of this exhibit.