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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


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


Runs through January of 2023.

Exhibit Sponsors: The Cactus League, The Arizona Baseball Legacy and Experience, and KB Woods.

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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

School DAYS
Mesa / Lehi Schools


Photos and memorabilia that highlights some of the earliest students to attend the old Lehi School during the early 1900's as well as some of the graduating classes from Mesa Union High during the 1920's.

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.

Permanent Year Round Exhibit