The introduction of rail service to the area resulted in a transformation of Tempe and the Salt River Valley. The ability to move people and goods in vast quantities resulted in community growth, increased prosperity and significant change. The themes of transportation and transformation are core to this exhibit. The exhibit runs through October 8, 2017.
This exhibit was produced in partnership with Arizona Railway Museum (Chandler) and is made possible through the support of the City of Tempe, Tempe Historical Society, AZ Humanities and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Main Exhibit Gallery
The main exhibition hall, entitled, Tempe: Distinct, Diverse, Dynamic,
is the heart of the Tempe History Museum. Here the story of Tempe
is dramatically staged through a variety of media. The exhibition explores
the history of Tempe using a thematic approach.
The Changing Exhibits Gallery features year-long "temporary" exhibitions that highlight interesting topic of our community's history and heritage. Our featured changing exhibit "Trains of Tempe" runs through October 8, 2017.
Community Room Art GalleryThe Community Room hosts temporary art exhibits around its perimeter. It now features "25 Years of Pop Art"
a retrospective exhibit by Tempe's own Ralph Brekan.