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Art, History & Archaeology Sites & Museums

Transformed from a territory into a state in 1912, Arizona was the last part of the coterminous United States to achieve statehood. Known for its broad, rocky deserts and for being home to the Grand Canyon, this southwestern state has long been inhabited by indigenous peoples like the Navajo, Hopi, and Apache. Testifying to the achievements of these indigenous populations are various archaeological sites now found among Arizona’s nearly 1500 listings on the National Register of Historic Places. Spanish colonists moved into the area in the 16th century, after which it became part of Mexico, although it was sold to the United States in 1848 as part of a treaty ending the Mexican War.

Archaeology & History Sites in Arizona

Casa Grande Ruins National Park

This prehistoric site in Coolidge was once a substantial settlement used before the period of European colonisation. Casa Grande was inhabited in the Hohokam period, with the main structure being erected in the 14th century and then abandoned in the mid-15th century. Much of the built environment survives, albeit in a ruined state. Welcoming tourists is a visitor’s centre and a picnic area, with special events taking place throughout the year.

Museums & Art Galleries in Arizona

Heard Museum, Phoenix

With over 40,000 objects in its collection, the Heard Museum is one of the most important museums of Native American Indian art. Particularly the art of Native communities past and present of the Southwest. American Indian artists and local communities collaborate closely with the museum in curating both permanent and temporary exhibitions.  Highlights of the collection and exhibitions include the Barry Goldwater Collection of 437 historic Hopi kachina dolls and an exhibition of the experiences of Native American children when they were forced to attend boarding schools in the 19th century.