Museum Director
Colonel Joe Abodeely USA (Ret)






"An Arizona Centennial Legacy Project"


The Arizona Military Museum is operated by the Arizona National Guard Historical Society, a private non-profit corporation. The officers and directors serve as docents, and they perform other necessary functions in conjunction with National Guard support to operate and maintain the museum.

The Historical Society’s purposes are: “To enhance the appreciation of the military history of Arizona and the contributions of the Militia of Arizona and the Arizona National Guard to the State of Arizona and to the Nation…” (Bylaws, Article I, Section 1). To accomplish its purposes, the Historical Society shall strive: “…to discover and memorialize the history of the Military of Arizona, the Arizona National Guard, and the general military history of Arizona, and to establish and maintain a museum on land leased, owned, or otherwise controlled by the Society.” (Id.). The policy statement states that the Historical Society is “…to portray events, persons, and other historical information relating to…the military service of Arizonans in wars and other military actions in Arizona and around the world”.

On September 30, 2006, the Arizona Military Museum celebrated its 25th anniversary.

The museum building is a significant part of Arizona's military history. The raw adobe building was constructed in 1936 as a Depression-era public works project. It served as a National
Guard arsenal until World War II, when it was converted into a maintenance shop for German prisoners of war confined at a nearby POW camp.

See our Museum Newsletter.

Spring 2015 of theCourier

Spring 2014 of the Courier

Spring 2013 of the Courier

Spring 2012 of the Courier

Winter 2011 of the Courier

Spring 2010 of the Courier

Fall 2009 of the Courier

Spring 2009 of the Courier

Summer 2008 of the Courier

Spring 2008 of the Courier

Spring 2007 of the Courier

Located at Papago Park Military Reservation
5636 E. McDowell Rd., Phoenix, Arizona 85008-3495
(Entry at Main Guard Gate)

Open Saturdays and Sundays from 1pm-4pm
Except Holiday Weekends

To schedule special group tours:
phone 602-267-2676 (message)
or 602-253-2378 (message)