ExhibitsWe feature Phoenix's law enforcement history over the past 130 years starting from 1881 until present day both historical photography, equipment, and stories that bring them to life.
Phoenix’s first Marshal’s office & Jail
Explore the rich history of the early years of the Phoenix Police Department which started as city marshals. This exhibit is a mock of an old wood and brick marshals office complete with a jail, Marshal Garfias, and his prisoner Ottis.
Learn about early law enforcement of the Arizona Ranger and their tools of their trade. These men were as rough and surly as the very criminals they chased throughout the state.
Early Law Enforcement
Here you can view the original small townsite of Phoenix on a picturesque map and some of the early wrist irons (handcuffs). In addition you can view the early star badges of that time as well as rifles and six shooters.
1900-1920 Law Enforcement
Learn first hand about the beginnings on law enforcement in Phoenix and the basic tools of the trade that officers used walking a beat.
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.
Be sworn in as a police officer during your visit
Children of all ages can try on a real Phoenix Police uniform and get sworn in as a police officer while visiting the museum. Don’t forget to get your coloring book, crayons and your own sticker badge before you leave.
Phoenix’s connection to Miranda
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 Helicopters, Cars And Motorcycles
Inside the museum you will see a 1919 Model T police car, police motorcycles, bomb robots, and even a full size helicopter. We even have a fully size police car for children of all ages to play in. See if you can guess how we got all those vehicles in our museum!
Calling All Cars
In the museum you will be able to see our first radio microphone used for one-way communication to the patrol cars as well as an early switchboard to take calls to dispatch the police.
Patches And Badges
Check out our display of uniform patches from around the world. See if you can find your city or town in our collection. We also have an exhibit of the progression of our Police Departments patches and badges over the years.
Technology Changes over The Years
The museum has many displays of how technology was incorporated into police work over the years, from computers to tasers. Just imagine what law enforcement will be next in the future.
An exciting exhibit on the Special Assignments Unit (SWAT) is a must for all visitors to see. See why they are such a well training unit ready to take on threats to the public.
C.S.I. (Crime Scene Investigations)
Our newest exhibit, Crime Scene Investigation, allow visitors to view a sample crime scene (suitable for children) to learn about the various methods for gathering evidence and investigating a crime scene. See if you can discover the clues and solve the crime.
Breaking Barriers In Law Enforcement
Several decades ago it was unheard of to have a female serving as a police officer. View some of the uniforms and equipment that these women worn in their early history and see the first female Phoenix Police Chief.
Red or Blue wire?
View some of our retired bomb robots up close and other equipment used to keep the public, as well as the Bomb Technician safe.
With the help of the New York City Fire Department and an endorsement from Public Safety Manager (Chief Jack Harris) the Phoenix Police Museum received a 300+ pound section of cross member I-beam from one of the towers from the World Trade Center. Museum Curator Lt. Mike Nikolin (Retired) was in NYC and met with officials there to obtain a donation for the police museum’s 9-11 memorial display.
Visit the memorial room exhibit to honor ‘Those who have passed before us’. Dedicated to the Phoenix Police Employees who have made the ultimate sacrifice with their lives. There is also a exhibit honoring our K-9 partners who had duty in the line-of-duty.
Experience it through their eyes
See the tools and equipment that the men and women that protect the city have used over time and how it has evolved into what we use today.
Come and visit!
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.
If you'd like to schedule a tour of the museum
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Please call or email us to schedule a tour for groups larger than 10 persons. 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.
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 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.
Come on In! Free admission
(Last entrance at 2:45PM)
closed for holidays
New Year’s Day
Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday
Cesar Chavez Birthday (March 31)
The day after Thanksgiving
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.
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 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.
305 PARKING GARAGE
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.
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.