WE'RE NOW OPEN TUESDAY - THURSDAY EACH WEEK (by Appointment only)You must schedule an appointment/reservation using our online booking tool. We are following CDC recommendations to minimize risk to our visitors, volunteers and employees. All visitors will receive a free memorial pin while supplies last.
You can click here to make your appointment/reservation online now…
Police & other City employees do not need a reservation to enter the museum or shop in the gift shop, but will need to be identifiable as such.
Everyone will need to use social distancing guidelines while visiting the museum by allowing at least 6 feet of space between each person. You will notice that exhibit areas and social distancing areas have been marked out with yellow floor tape. The museum flow of traffic is counter clock wise so once the social distance space in the next exhibit is unoccupied then the visitor can proceed forward.
Face masks are required. The use of a mask or face covering should not be seen as a substitute for social distancing. We also encourage those at risk to stay at home and not visit the museum.
Hand sanitizer will be available as you enter the museum. Interactive displays are unavailable during Phase I and Phase II. Persons that are sick, have a fever or possibly been exposed will not be allowed to enter the museum. Help us, help you to stay safe.
To ensure social distancing, yellow tape on the carpet provides social distancing instructions to wait until the next exhibit is available
The museum has place directional arrows and barriers to help create social distancing while visitors are at the museum.
New plexiglass see through protective panels are in place at the museum gift shop to help protect from persons coughing or sneezing.
Markings will help direct the flow of traffic inside the museum to allow social distancing
The museum has created a counter clock wise flow to the museum with social distancing areas at each display marked out in yellow tape.
An example of the social distancing area. The area must be unoccupied before the next person enters it to maintain social distancing.
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.
Everything I planned on saying is mentioned in the other reviews. The museum is a significant reminder of the... read moreAlex L.11/11/2020
R.I.P. MY FRIEND MIKE FROM YOUR BROTHERS OF THE OLD 81 SQUAD.Butch H.10/20/2020
PD history Great staff & exhibits. There's a little bit of everything. No admittance fee but donations are encouraged. ... read morelivingthedream306/15/2020
Informative Museum If you or your kids are interested in law enforcement, this museum should be on your itinerary. It takes about... read moreAmy L.3/23/2020
Small but well-crafted free museum with free parking (limited) in front. Great stuff for kids to do. Interesting facts about... read moreMichael M.3/05/2020
Small but well-crafted free museum with free parking (limited) in front. Great stuff for kids to do. Interesting facts about... read moreA G.3/05/2020
Police Museum! What an interesting piece of history! Our hosts were retired police officers and family. It's a small museum, but has... read morednrmom3/05/2020
Very informational. Great displays. Helpful staff. Shows the origins of Miranda Rights. Car, motorcycle, helicopter, etc on display. Pay homage... read moreAmy G.2/22/2020
Very informational. Great displays. Helpful staff. Shows the origins of Miranda Rights. Car, motorcycle, helicopter, etc on display. Pay homage... read moreA G.2/22/2020
Interesting bit of history of Phoenix PD. If you get the chance be sure to stop by visit. Totally worth... read moreAdam K.2/21/2020
A great historical gem This is a gem of a small museum. I’m so happy I found it! Even better were the extremely knowledgeable... read more75caraf2/12/2020
The City of Phoenix had a tremendous amount of history. The curator of this small museum was able to... read moreDonny S.2/07/2020
I really like the car outside it's really well taken care of and it looks like you can still drive... read morelea c.2/06/2020
Car show day Great place to visit, guys gave us a tour.we were downtown for a car show. Good history of the Phoenix pdpaxx67821/17/2020
Interesting history of law enforcement in Phoenix Loved the idea of shackling early criminals to a rock as there wasn't a jail - can we bring that... read moreflowerlady641/09/2020
Fairly interesting museum, lots of different areas in the history of the phoenix police department. Section on miranda case... read moreCaleb D.1/03/2020
Lots of Phoenix PD history Very welcoming and informative volunteers. The exhibits are well laid out in chronological order and are in very good... read moreSF_RoadWarrior12/27/2019
Free Museum to spend a few hours at Free Museum to spend a few hours at. Don't miss the Miranda exhibit and a nice tribute to the 9/11 events.BillL232912/20/2019
Good history of the Phoenix Police Department We drove to downtown specifically see the Wells Fargo Museum and the Police Museum, located just a couple of blocks... read moreDavid G.12/05/2019
Must see if in the downtown area. History of the Phoenix police department as well as great gifts for any... read moreJohn P.11/27/2019
Must see if in the downtown area. History of the Phoenix police department as well as great gifts for any... read moreJohn P.11/27/2019
This museum was nice. Interesting things to see. Learned about Miranda rights. Police patches from all over the US. They... read moreJa B.11/10/2019
This is an excellent museum, especially for not costing anything. You can see all sorts of memorabilia, learn about famous... read moreTrey G.10/28/2019
Wonderful little museum! The exhibits are laid out chronologically and host a ton of interesting information about the department’s history.... read moreJake R.10/22/2019
What a great little museum. We were greeted as soon as we walked in. A very nice woman... read moreJennifer P.10/10/2019
They even let u pose with the striped shirts and an old school number card, lol. If u want they... read moreTanya R.9/28/2019
The kids loved playing in the police car with their police uniform on! The retired officers were incredibly friendly, knowledgeable,... read moreSteven a.8/31/2019
This is a great place to visit! We were lucky enough to get the retired officer (Ken) whose partner... read moreJennifer B.8/13/2019
My husband and I brought our two little boys and what a treat! This is a wonderful museum! We were... read moreSandra D.8/08/2019
Well 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 more320PeterS3208/05/2019
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!
COMMEMORATIVE RINGS NOW AVAILABLE!
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
Scott and his crew with Ace Custom Fabrication had a busy day on our 1948 Plymouth. Work was completed on the front end, bearings, seals, and brake lines. New brake hardlines were made and the brakes were bled. The front end clip was set back in place to check...
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…
Our steering shaft cleared the log type exhaust manifold but not the #7 spark plug boot. We dropped the column 2 inches and added two steering joints to solve the problem. Our new gauge kit with Auto Meter gauges required some machine work to fit the trim bezel but all in all, a nice kit.
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.
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)
*Service dogs are welcome
closed for holidays
New Year’s Day
Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday
Cesar Chavez Birthday (March 31)
The day after Thanksgiving
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.
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.
602.534.7278 or [email protected]
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.