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Closes July 20, 2024

Immerse yourself in a display of artifacts, stories, photos, and home videos showcasing the remarkable history of the Buckhorn Baths,a landmark motel in Mesa, Arizona, and its cherished caretakers, Ted and Alice Sliger.

**This exhibit is located at the Mesa Historical Museum, NOT at the Buckhorn Baths Motel itself.

Mesa History


Our Mesa History exhibit tells you the basics of Mesa History:

Who settled here?

How did they do it? 

What was life like for early Mesans?

What was important to them?

Permanent Year Round Exhibit

Founding Families
of Lehi and Mesa

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Features historic artifacts, images, and stories from members of the first founding families who settled Lehi and Mesa and the things they brought with them on their journey.

Permanent Year Round Exhibit

Play Ball:
The Arizona Spring Training Experience & Cactus League Hall of Fame

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Join the Mesa Historical Museum in partnership with the Cactus League organization for our latest installment of our Play Ball: The Arizona Spring Training Experience and Cactus League Hall of Fame exhibit. Each year we highlight different players who have been inducted into the Cactus League Hall of Fame.


Learn who the new 2024 inductees are and discover more history about the birth of spring training in Arizona.

This exhibit is sponsored by the Cactus League and the Mesa HoHoKams


Artwork of Karen Kuykendall

Step into the whimsical world of artist Karen Kuykendall! Known for her vibrant paintings, intricate jewelry, and imaginative papier-mâché creations, Kuykendall's work has graced the halls of cultural institutions like the Phoenix Art Museum and the Tucson Art Museum.
A published author and teacher, she crafted a fantasy realm inhabited by Cat-People, which served as a wealth of inspiration for her dolls, sculptures, and paintings. This redesigned exhibit was curated by New York Times best selling author, Kate Benjamin of Hauspanther.
Featuring dozens of never before seen pieces, this exhibit is a celebration of Kuykendall's unique vision and creative spirit.

Permanent Year Round Exhibit - will occasionally rotate in new pieces

O'odham - piipaash

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The Mesa Historical Museum is proud to announce the opening of the new Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community exhibit that celebrates the Onk Akimel O'odham and Piipaash cultures.

Permanent Year Round Exhibit

Adobe Schoolhouse Replica


Built in the early 2000's, this is a replica of the original adobe schoolhouse that stood in the same spot in the 1880's.  The inside is decorated with desks and various other artifacts that show what school life looked like 100+ years ago.  Also includes photos of some of some of the earliest students to attend the old Lehi School during the early 1900's as well as some photos from Mesa Union High School.

Permanent Year Round Exhibit

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