Mesa Historical Museum
Preserving Mesa's Past
Discovering Mesa's Future
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 10am-4pm
Open Seasonal: Feb.-May & Sept.-Dec.
Admission Prices: Adults: $5; Seniors (65+): $4; Youth (3-21): $3; Children under 3: Free; Groups (10+): $3 a person
February 8, 2020 – June 6, 2020 The Arizona Spring Training Experience - featuring pieces of the Buckhorn Baths/Sliger collection! The display looks at the beginnings of the Buckhorn Motel and Mineral Wells, Ted and Alice Sliger, the Buckhorn’s contribution to Spring Training here in Mesa, and the Sliger’s close relationship with the New York (and later San Francisco) Giants.
February 8, 2020 – June 6, 2020 Hallelujah Hats! - is a celebration of the churches of Washington Park through the jewelry, hats, and fashion worn by church goers. It documents the once thriving segregated African American community in Mesa, Arizona. From the early days of slavery to today, the African American community has embraced the church as a symbol and site for inspiration, guidance and hope. The tradition of adorning oneself has deep roots dating back to the first African Slaves in America. Guest curator Bruce Nelson presents an exhibition focusing around five churches in the Washington Park neighborhood. The exhibit includes over 100 vintage hats, purses, gloves, costume jewelry, and shoes. Historic photographs (baptizing in the canal), and oral histories will be displayed. The exhibit will include screenings of the documentary North Town. The opening program of Hallelujah Hats! will feature traditional and contemporary Negro spirituals from two church choirs and activities for the whole family!
Upcoming Exhibit: Sept. 12, 2020 – Jan. 2021 Call Sign Mesa: A History of Aviation in Mesa, Arizona - Call Sign Mesa is an exhibit that will explore the aviation history of Mesa starting from our earliest known pilots in the 1920s all the way to our participation in the training of local and international pilots during World War II. We will also explore the many commercial airlines that fly through the Mesa sky everyday, and the Mesa businesses who make aviation travel possible. This exhibit will include historic photographs of our local Air Force bases, model airplanes and fun interactive exhibit elements the whole family can enjoy!