Mu­se­ums

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CHIL­DREN’S MUSEUM OF PHOENIX A zany steel climb­ing ap­pa­ra­tus is the first at­trac­tion be­yond ad­mis­sion, and yields views of lots of other cool stuff (like a foam noo­dle for­est) on up­per floors. Tac­tile, noisy and imaginative ac­tiv­i­ties abound. www.chil­drens­mu­se­u­mof­phoenix.org. 215 N. 7th St., 602.253.0501. COM­MEM­O­RA­TIVE AIR FORCE AIR­BASE ARI­ZONA The great planes of WWII are pre­served in fly­ing con­di­tion by an all-volunteer staff. Static ex­hibits ex­am­ine en­emy ar­ti­facts and the role of Women Air­force Ser­vice Pi­lots and Tuskegee Air­men. www.az­caf.org. Fal­con Field, 2017 N. Green­field Rd., Mesa, 480.924.1940. HALL OF FLAME FIRE MUSEUM Nearly 100 re­stored fire­fight­ing ve­hi­cles and ap­pa­ra­tuses, plus a siz­able col­lec­tion of badges, hel­mets, patches and other equip­ment in four large gal­leries. Open daily, with guided tours and spe­cial pro­grams. www.hallof­flame.org. 6101 E. Van Buren St., 602.275.3473. MU­SI­CAL IN­STRU­MENT MUSEUM MIM A repos­i­tory of mu­sic-mak­ing de­vices from around the globe, es­tab­lished in 2010. Inside a hand­some bi-level build­ing, an­tique and fu­tur­is­tic in­stru­ments from coun­tries fa­mil­iar and for­eign are pre­sented coun­try-by-coun­try in de­tailed vi­gnettes wired for sound; guests stroll into range wear­ing head­phones to hear mu­si­cal sam­ples and na­tive tongues. MIM reg­u­larly mounts the­matic ex­hibits, hosts tour­ing as­sem­blages, and presents live per­for­mances. Through June 5: Stradi­var­ius, the story of the ear­li­est vi­olin mak­ers. May 14-15: Ex­pe­ri­ence Poly­ne­sia. www.mim.org. 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., 480.478.6000. WESTERN SPIRIT: SCOTTS­DALE’S MUSEUM OF THE WEST This Smith­so­nian Af­fil­i­ate museum fea­tures reg­u­larly chang­ing ex­hibits of Western art and ar­ti­facts, events, and in­for­ma­tive pro­grams that bring the coun­try’s Western her­itage to life. www.scotts­dale­mu­se­umwest.org. 3830 N. Mar­shall Way, 480.686.9539.

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