Phoenix Police Museum

Preserving our past, to inspire our future...



Over 130 years of history

The Phoenix Police Museum is located at 180 W Jefferson Street, 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.

  • My boys absolutely loved this place! Our tour guide was so kind and it was really cool to see and... read more

    Ostler b. Avatar Ostler b.

    5 star ratingAwesome piece of Phoenix history. Very cool museum with a lot to display. Incredibly knowledgeable staff too.

    Chris E. Avatar Chris E.

    Small museum, but great people take care of it and also take care of you. I have learned some interesting... read more

    Hector D. Avatar Hector D.

    5 star ratingAnother Must See in Phoenix We've done our share of sightseeing in all kinds of cities, and this is a museum with very friendly docents... read more

    Jim M. Avatar Jim M.

    5 star ratingThis is an interesting piece of Phoenix history! It's a small -and FREE- museum dedicated to the history of the... read more

    Rebecca S. Avatar Rebecca S.

    4 star ratingFree Muesum A small free Muesum that is great for kids includes a couple of cars a motor bike even a helicopter... read more

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  • 5 star ratingWorth a visit A small museum but packed with information and history plus a quite a few artifcatsi including a helicopter, motorbike, Trike... read more

    Warthog69 Avatar Warthog69

    Great place, it's a well kept museum. It demonstrates the history of law enforcement in Phoenix. You can... read more

    Tom D. Avatar Tom D.

    4 star ratingA tiny museum, but we enjoyed it very much! The Phoenix Police Museum was a very good experience. We were downtown and had some free time, so we looked... read more

    JMLT1 Avatar JMLT1

    I had a really great experience coming here for the first time! I'm very grateful that I could witness... read more

    Haden N. Avatar Haden N.

    Great place to visit. Learn a lot. Kids had a wonderful time. Staff super friendly. Can't be the price. Free.... read more

    Noodle D. Avatar Noodle D.

    5 star ratingVery cool museum! I enjoyed learning about Phoenix PD's history and a little history on the AZ Rangers. There's a... read more

    Eric P. Avatar Eric P.
  • 5 star ratingA great small museum with some amazing displays A small museum full of some great Phoenix police historic information.The museum is free.

    Well worth a stop

    GloucesterTraveler Avatar GloucesterTraveler

    5 star ratingReally Cool Place The insight that you will gain from a tour this museum is astounding. The stuff from Miranda case alone will... read more

    Lawdrum Avatar Lawdrum

    5 star ratingWe visited this museum with our 10 year old grandson. Very interesting exhibit. I would highly recommend it to visitors or residents. Not an extensive collection but was educational for... read more

    CorrineCat Avatar CorrineCat

    5 star ratingI was visiting Phoenix for the weekend and found this place while Yelping 'Things to Do'.

    I parked in the parking... read more

    Eddy P. Avatar Eddy P.

    5 star ratingInteresting and worth the time Smaller FREE museum. DONATIONS are accepted and worth it. Cool and interesting with a lot of history. The docents are... read more

    PenelopeP67 Avatar PenelopeP67

    4 star ratingSmall local Museum, excellant stop. The Phoenix Police Museum is small but interesting, educational and honors those that serve to protect the public. There is... read more

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  • 5 star ratingFrom volunteer aspect I have been volunteering at the Phoenix Police Museum for the past year. I am a retired Phoenix Police Officer... read more

    GaryS3525 Avatar GaryS3525

    5 star ratingWhat a great place!!  There is so much within a relatively small space.  The retired officers who run the museum... read more

    Ray P. Avatar Ray P.

    5 star ratingI had a great experience visiting this museum. There are many displays and exhibits such as old police cars, an... read more

    Matt D. Avatar Matt D.

    5 star ratingGreat little Museum! I'm glad that we were able to see here for just a few bucks. Even the tshirts... read more

    Arlene C. Avatar Arlene C.

    4 star ratingThis museum was a bit smaller than I was expecting but every bit as enjoyable!  The lady giving us the... read more

    Jasmine C. Avatar Jasmine C.

    5 star ratingThe place was clean and well kept. In spite of being a small Museum, it shows a lot of interesting... read more

    Lionel K. Avatar Lionel K.
  • 5 star ratingA small museum, staffed by volunteers who care. The exhibits are well thought out. The conversations with the volunteers (retired... read more

    Alan L. Avatar Alan L.

    5 star ratingThe police  museum  was very informative with the history of law enforcement in the Phoenix area.  There was a lot... read more

    Stanley M. Avatar Stanley M.

    5 star ratingThis place was awesome! Being that I'm a Criminal Justice Major I was super excited when I found out about... read more

    Rachel G. Avatar Rachel G.

    4 star ratingWhatever your concerns about the contemporary Phoenix police department, it was still very interesting to learn about their history. From... read more

    Lauren B. Avatar Lauren B.

    5 star ratingGreat little museum. As soon as we walked in we were greeted by a retired homicide detective. He walked us... read more

    Lucia A. Avatar Lucia A.

    5 star ratingWhat a great museum! It's small but packed with a lot of memorabilia from cars, motorcycle, uniforms, weapons, Memorial Room... read more

    Beth L. Avatar Beth L.

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

1948 Plymouth (Update 11/26/2018)

Our friend Scott at Ace Custom Fabrication spent the afternoon building a transmission tunnel for our 1948 Plymouth police car. (This is a conversion from a “3 speed in the tree” to an automatic transmission to make available to more of our volunteer drivers that do not drive manual transmission.) Scott welded and seam sealed the new work. With the addition on the vintage ac unit it will be nice and cool inside in the summer. There will still be room for the police radio underneath the ac unit. Check out the progress on Facebook at Ace Custom Fabrication.
Look for this beauty to be on the road soon…

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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)

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

180 W Jefferson St
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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Please be aware that the museum will be CLOSED, December 24th & 25th for the Christmas holiday.


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