A mile due west of downtown, the state’s original 19th-century territorial capitol building sits at the center of a new complex of buildings housing the state legislature; inside it, over four floors, are rooms of artifacts, photos, and changing displays on various aspects of the state’s history and culture. You can see schoolchildren on tours in the original House chamber and even sit in the chamber’s upstairs visitors gallery. There’s a restored four-story atrium, too, along with a small museum store and a Starbucks. Just to the east of the state government buildings is a large but somehow unlovely park named for Wesley Bolin, who was Arizona's governor for 5 months, the shortest term of any Arizona governor. (Having been Arizona’s secretary of state for 28 years, he ascended to the office after a previous governor resigned, only to die himself soon thereafter. Talk about luck!) Anyway, this has become the state’s go-to place for memorials and statues; there’s a hodgepodge of more than a dozen here, many of them military, others of less import, like the one for police dogs that died in the line of duty.
Arizona Capitol Museum/Wesley Bolin Memorial Park
1700 W. Washington St., USA
Our Rating Neighborhood Around Town Hours Mon–Fri 9am–4pm. Closed state holidays. Transportation Bus: 1 or DASH downtown shuttle Phone 602/926-3620 Prices Free admission Web site Arizona Capitol Museum
Map1700 W. Washington St. USA Phoenix
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