Phoenix Police Museum

Preserving our past, to inspire our future...



Over 130 years of history

The Phoenix Police Museum is located at 17 South 2nd Avenue, on the 1st floor of the Historic Phoenix City Hall. The museum highlights the history of the Phoenix Police Department from 1881, when Henry Garfias, was elected the first city marshal to the present.

the Miranda Case

In the late evening hours of March 3rd, 1963 a young Phoenix woman was kidnapped, sexually assaulted and robbed while walking from a bus stop. Ten days later, on March 13th, 1963, Ernesto Miranda was arrested by the Phoenix Police for the assault. This set in motion a series of court hearings which resulted in a U.S. Supreme Court decision that would impact interviews between law enforcement and those suspected of crimes.

Police Work After WWII

Many changes to police work occurred after World War II, form uniforms to weapons. The department began to become more standardized in its academy, training and policies.

  • This museum was nice. Interesting things to see. Learned about Miranda rights. Police patches from all over the US. They... read more

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    Ja B.

    This is an excellent museum, especially for not costing anything. You can see all sorts of memorabilia, learn about famous... read more

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    Trey G.

    Wonderful little museum! The exhibits are laid out chronologically and host a ton of interesting information about the department’s history.... read more

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    Jake R.

    They even let u pose with the striped shirts and an old school number card, lol. If u want they... read more

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    Tanya R.

    The kids loved playing in the police car with their police uniform on! The retired officers were incredibly friendly, knowledgeable,... read more

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    Steven a.

    5 star ratingThis is a great place to visit!  We were lucky enough to get the retired officer (Ken) whose partner arrested... read more

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  • 5 star ratingMy husband and I brought our two little boys and what a treat! This is a wonderful museum! We were... read more

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    Sandra D.

    5 star ratingWell worth a visit in Downtown Phoenix The museum is located just a couple of minutes walk from the downtown stop on the tramway that runs from... read more


    Wonderful museum, free admission. Covers the history of the Phoenix Police force from territorial times to present. Has a touching... read more

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    5 star ratingNice little museum We were killing time before our flight left and decided to check this museum out. It’s free and located in... read more


    Glad I went.. For adults and kids. Help there was awesome. Would recommend going.

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    Glad I went.. For adults and kids. Help there was awesome. Would recommend going.

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  • This is a cool museum! Lots of great history.

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    5 star ratingAwesome museum and FREE! They had a veteran police officer who gave us a personalized tour! Wow! Worth the time... read more

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    5 star ratingFree and FUN! This museum had great information, history and items to look at. It is hands on and despites its small... read more


    Great place to visit and learn history of the Phoenix PD, and it's a free museum.

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    Corey S.

    Super fun hands on learning. I'm pretty sure I had as much fun as my kids and grandchild. Many photo... read more

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    Terry R.

    4 star ratingThis is a small museum and it's collection is housed in several rooms. The space is well optimized and the... read more

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  • Excellent museum with enthusiastic and friendly staff. Our guide Tammy was great. Informative information about the Miranda rights. Good gift... read more

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    Rob C.

    Nice museum. Parking is hard to find. Be prepared to walk.

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    5 star ratingCool Museum Great little museum! It has a section on the Miranda Rights and some cool artifacts about the history of... read more

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    Awesome staff, a little pricey on any knickknacks, but overall great visit

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    5 star ratingPolice history in Phoenix This is a hidden gem that probably isn't advertised as well as it should be. We enjoyed our visit... read more

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    James W.

    5 star ratingWhat is the connection between groups including Ismael Conde/Rudy Romero, the Black Panthers/Skinheads, protective services/body guards, and the monster in... read more

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  • 5 star ratingA family visit from the United Kingdom to Phoenix... we were looking for something to do before we went to... read more

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    5 star ratingA very interesting place to visit I was amazed at just how good this little museum was. I was met at the door by an... read more

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    5 star ratingThe museum is small but my son loved it. He really  enjoyed seeing all the different things and learning some... read more

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    5 star ratingInteresting museum and guides! This museum is staffed by several retired officers from the Phoenix PD, and they are both knowledgeable and great guys... read more

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    This little museum is chocked full of history. They have dress up and plenty of picture opportunities. In the space... read more

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    Katie S.

    5 star ratingGreat historical pieces from the first western jail to more recent times. Phoenix is where Ernest Miranda created his crimes,... read more

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Experience parts of our past through the eyes of the men and women who take the oath protect it.

thin blue line gear

The "Thin Blue Line" stands for law enforcement's separation of order from chaos, or, as Oxford Dictionaries describes, it's a reference to police, "in the context of maintaining order during unrest." ... The thin blue line flag stands for the sacrifice law enforcement officers of this nation make each day. Show your support by purchasing and proudly displaying your Thin Blue Line gear today!






The Phoenix Police Department Collection of rings is now available for purchase from Jostens. The leader in commemorative rings production. You're able to cusotmize your ring with your information and tastes. You're able to add your name, department, years of service, and more. Click the button below to learn more and order your ring today.

*Rings can only be purchased by current and former officers/employees or their families. When prompted enter access code "ppd85003" to log into the store.

Show your support

The museum operates on donations from the public so any help you can offer is welcome. We have different ways to donate and different items you can donate to. Use the button below to see all of our options for helping us preserve the past.

The Latest Selections From Our Blog

A Dangerous Night in Paris Alley

by Ed Reynolds Officers Patrick E. Henry and Charles “Rocky” Rockyvich were on routine patrol March 21st, 1960, but they knew that nothing in Paris Alley is routine. Paris Alley was that small, but very dangerous area of the deuce, in downtown Phoenix. Located near...

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Display one of our vehicles at your event!

If you’re interested in having our vehicles on display at your event simply click on the Learn More Button below. Our vehicles are available for free, however, we do ask you to make a donation to the museums’s vehicle restoration and maintenance fund to help us acquire and maintain these classic police vehicles.

Historical Research

The Phoenix Police Museum can perform historical research for you on a person or topic you choose. Our researchers can comb through our historical archives and create a report for you on a specific date, a historical figure, a family member, or a specific incident or issue. Let us help you learn more about our great history.

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Come on In! Free admission


9AM -3PM
(Last entrance at 2:45PM)

*Service dogs are welcome

closed for holidays

New Year’s Day
Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday
Presidents Day
Cesar Chavez Birthday (March 31)
Memorial Day
Independence Day
Labor Day
Veterans Day
The day after Thanksgiving
Christmas Day

Contact info




Mailing Address

17 South 2nd Avenue
Historic City Hall 1st Floor
Phoenix, AZ 85003-2202



Admission is free, but we will gladly take donations!

The Phoenix Police Museum is an IRS approved non profit 501C3 organization. We are supported by the generous monthly payroll deduction of over 1,700 Police and City of Phoenix employees as well as donations from individuals and businesses.


Paid Parking is available along Jefferson Street at the meters or in the City of Phoenix parking garage located at 305 West Washington Street.

Meters - Hourly Rates

Meters cost $1.50 per hour and coin-only meters cost $1 per hour.

Payment Method

Most meters accept credit/debit cards and coins and others only accept coins.

Pay-by-cell is also available via the Pango Mobile Parking app for credit card enabled parking meter

Time Limits

Time limits generally vary by location. Time limits at metered locations can range from 15 minutes to as long as 8 hours. In most areas, the maximum duration is 2 hours. The parking time limits are posted on each meter.

ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) Accessible Meters

Phoenix has several on-street accessible parking spaces throughout the downtown area.  Each space is clearly marked with a special sign with the international symbol of access.

Vehicles displaying a valid ADA License Plate and/or Placard receive one hour of free parking once their parking meter has expired.  Vehicles displaying a valid Purple Heart Recipient license plate also receive one free additional hour.  This applies to all parking meters, not just the designated ADA Accessible parking meters.  The nearest ADA paid parking meter is located just East of 2nd Avenue on Jefferson on the North side of the roadway.


The City of Phoenix parking garage is managed by Ace Parking and can be contacted at 1-888-223-7275.  It does have Disable spots available and has a height restriction of vehicles of 8’2″.  Wider vehicles must call ahead to make an appointment for a limited number of over sized vehicles.  The cost of all parking is $4.00 per hour.  The Museum does not validate parking for visitors.

How to get here...

From the Northwest Valley via I-17 South I-17 to I-10 East (exit 200A) Exit at 7th Avenue (exit 144A) and turn right Travel 1 mile to Jefferson Street and turn left Move to the left lane. Turn left into City Public Parking Garage between 4th and 3rd Avenues.

From the Northeast Valley via SR51 South SR51 to I-10 West Exit at 7th Avenue (exit 144A) and turn left Travel 1 mile to Jefferson Street and turn left. Move to the left lane. Turn left into City Public Parking Garage between 4th and 3rd Avenues.

From the West Valley via I-10 East Exit at 7th Avenue (exit 144A) and turn right Travel 1 mile to Jefferson Street and turn left. Move to the left lane Turn left into City Public Parking Garage between 4th and 3rd Avenues.

From the Southeast Valley via I-10 West Exit at 7th Avenue (exit 144) and turn left. Travel 1 mile to Jefferson Street and turn left. Move to the left lane. Turn left into City Public Parking Garage between 4th and 3rd Avenues Note: The parking garage has a second entrance on 4th Avenue between Jefferson and Washington.

Note: The parking garage has a second entrance on 4th Avenue between Jefferson and Washington.



Please call or email us to schedule a tour for groups larger than 10 persons.

602.534.7278 or

A suggested donation of $25 is requested for group tours over 10 persons.  We require appropriate adult supervision ratio for children and special needs individuals.  Normal tour groups sizes are suggested to be no larger than 24 to 30 persons.  It is best to call approximately one month in advance if you are requesting a specific time and day.





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