We have recently remodeled our Mesa History and Highlights exhibit.
We have included more Buckhorn Baths artifacts and will be adding some Spring Training elements shortly!
We are also in the process of finishing up a kids room!
We are currently doing half priced admission while we work on our next exhibit,
however, 2 of our 3 exhibit rooms remain open!
We are open Tuesdays-Saturdays from 10am-4pm
A celebration of Mesa’s
Washington Park Community
February 8, 2020 – Mid-July, 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 opening program of Hallelujah Hats! will feature traditional and contemporary Negro spirituals from two church choirs and activities for the whole family!