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Sunday, Oct. 2 is the last day to visit the Legend City exhibit!

Legend City was a locally-owned, home-grown theme park in Tempe modeled after parks like Disneyland and Six Flags Over Texas. Memories of Legend City represent an important shared experience for millions of visitors who passed through the gates during the twenty years that the park operated from 1963-1983. Since Legend City has closed, no individuals, corporations or investment groups have been willing to attempt a theme park in Arizona of the scale, vision and boldness that the creators of Legend City built over a half-century ago.


The entire changing exhibition space at the Tempe History Museum will be dedicated to telling the story of Arizona's very own theme park, Legend City, through Oct. 2, 2016.

It’s the museum’s privilege to display information and hundreds of pieces of memorabilia and photos including portions of actual amusement rides, staff costumes, concert tickets and more. Take a walk on the wild side in a re-creation of the Legend City Dutchman's Shack- the park's famous tilt house, or stare into the eyes of Kurley Q, the ventriloquist dummy used by Legend City performer and Miss America 1965, Vonda Kay Van Dyke.  

Tempe History Museum is located at 809 E. Southern Ave., next to the Tempe Public Library. Like us on Facebook for historic photos, stories and event updates. Admission to the Museum and its exhibits is free.


From House Calls to Hospitals
March 1 - April 24, 2016
Practicing medicine in Tempe has changed radically since the late 19th century, evolving from folk or home remedies to Tempe’s first true hospital in the mid-20th century. Explore how Tempe doctors went beyond health care to make significant contributions to their community and to Arizona.


The Diverse Artist Collective of Arizona 
Feb. 2 - 28, 2016
In honor and celebration of Black History Month, the Diverse Artist Collective of Arizona provided a fine art display of works in a variety of media including photographs, ceramics and paintings. 

Legend City: A Ghost Town
Nov. 6, 2015 - Jan. 24, 2016
Legend City: A Ghost Town is a look back at the final days of Arizona’s old west theme park. Photographer Pat Gorraiz gained entrance to the park in 1984, after it was closed to the public for good but before it completely disappeared. His black and white photographs documenting Legend City’s crumbling attractions will be on exhibit at the Tempe History Museum from November 6 to January 24. 

AZ: More Than 5 Cs
Aug. 25 - Oct. 4, 2015
Members of the Tempe Artists Guild, most of whom live and work in Tempe, portray contemporary images of their surroundings in paintings and drawings. This exhibit, Arizona: More Than 5Cs, showcases paintings that fall under the theme of cactus, cattle, cotton, clouds, canyons, citrus, climate, copper, cities, children, casual, classy, captivating and celebrated.

Rock City: Concert Photos from the Phoenix New Times
June 9 - Aug. 23, 2015
The Rolling Stones, U2, Katy Perry and so many other incredibly famous artists performed in Tempe. Explore a variety of photographs of great musicians at Tempe venues curated from the archives of the more than 30 years of music coverage by the Phoenix New Times. Opening night party: June 11, 6-9 p.m. with music, refreshments and fun hosted by the Phoenix New Times.  

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