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EARLY ENTERTAINMENT
IN MESA

Through a collection of theater, movie and television photos and objects, this exhibit explores how various forms of entertainment have captivated and transformed Mesa audiences for over a century. This exhibit will run through June, 2023 and is part of the Mesa Historical Museum’s annual rotation of special exhibits which highlights significant aspects of Mesa’s history.

Special Temporary Exhibit Open until Summer 2023

Mesa History

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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?

Permanent Year Round Exhibit

Founding Families
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.  

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 latest installment of our Play Ball: The Arizona Spring Training Experience and Cactus League Hall of Fame exhibit. It is one of the largest baseball exhibits in Arizona history and highlights some of the greatest players and stories from the Cactus League.

The exhibit will reopen on March 4 2023 and run through January 2024.

coming soon

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Artwork of Karen Kuykendall

Artist Karen Kuykendall's paintings, jewelry and papier-mache have been exhibited at both the Phoenix Art Museum and the Tucson Art Museum. She was a published author and teacher who created a fantasy world of Cat-People which inspired a lot of her artwork including dolls, sculptures and paintings. With over 1000 pieces now a part of the Mesa Historical Museum's permanent collection, this exhibit is dedicated to her art.

Visionary Artist and Sculptor

Permanent Year Round Exhibit - Kuykendall artwork will change out every May

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

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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.

Permanent Year Round Exhibit

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