Glendale Museums & History

Glendale Museums & HistoryGlendale has proudly contributed to the economic and cultural progress of the state of Arizona. While the city may have a small town charm all its own, it possesses a significant place in the history of the area. These stories are really quite fascinating and are rightly preserved in Glendale's museums and historic places. Art, nature, and culture all dovetail quite remarkably to tell the stories of all that has come before and how it is inextricably linked to the present and future. Those stories are kept very much alive in these museums and historical sites in Glendale.

The Bead Museum
Hark back to a time in history when native cultures used beads to tell the stories of their lives. Today, while these beads may not be utilized in quite the same way, they still retain a certain kind of charm and historical value that is celebrated at the Bead Museum in Glendale. Over 100,000 beads from various points in history are all on display here, and each exhibit does an impressive job of explaining the story that each collection or cluster of beads aims to communicate. If these displays move you to create your own beaded masterpiece, the museum features a store where books and actual beads can be purchased.

Address: 5754 West Glenn Drive, Glendale, AZ - MAP
Phone: (623) 930-7395
Web: www.thebeadmuseum.com

Deer Valley Rock Art Center
Artists use various means to dramatically and accurately communicate their vision. Some use canvas, other use photography. And then, there are those who choose to carve their niche out by carving through stone. Some of the most compelling examples can be seen at the Deer Valley Rock Art Center. This museum is where you can experience more than 1,500 ancient petroglyphs and pictographs that are unforgettable and ancient examples of art cast in stone to a great and awe-inspiring effect. There are also several large displays that can be found along the walking path near the facility.

Address: 3711 West Deer Valley Road, Glendale, AZ - MAP
Phone: (623) 582-8007
Web: www.asu.edu

Sahuaro Ranch Park
Glendale's Sahuaro Ranch Park has many stories to tell. Discover them as they come to life during your visit to this historic area that features thirteen original buildings and house museums that offer a multidimensional snapshot of what life was like here decades ago. There is also a beautiful rose garden, an interesting barnyard and and a vintage orchard stand that are all listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Address: 9802 North 59th Avenue, Glendale, AZ - MAP
Phone: (623) 930-2820
Web: www.glendaleaz.com

Luke Air Force Base
Take to the skies for a history lesson that has an impressively large wingspan. Discover the stories that are all a part of the Luke Air Force Base, a place that proudly touts itself as the “Home of the Fighter Pilot.” See various aircraft and learn about the role they played in various historical eras. Also, learn about the men who got in the cockpits to steer these planes into the history books. Tours and groups of 15 to 40 persons can be arranged by calling the base in advance.

Address: Litchfield Road and Glendale Avenue, Glendale, AZ - MAP
Phone: (623) 856-6011
Web: www.luke.af.mil