For starters, the museum was not closed when the AHS "inherited it". They were given control in August of 2010, and they locked the doors in April of 2011. At the time, the mineral museum was performing far better than any AHS history museum. The reason for the closing is unknown.
Dear Friends of the AZ Historical Society,
This year at the legislature there is a bill (SB 1200 Mining and Mineral Museum; Transfer) that will move the Mining and Mineral Museum and its collections from the oversight of the Historical Society and into the Arizona Geological Survey. The Historical Society inherited the closed museum and collections during the Arizona Centennial during the economic downturn. Despite fiscal constraints, the Historical Society has done outstanding things with the collections. They have made the collection database available online, moved the valuable collections into adequate storage environments that were lacking previously, and opened up a brand new natural history exhibit.
In the few short years that the Historical Society has overseen the collections and the museum, they have made outstanding progress, but we need your help. We need you to call the Governor’s office and tell him:
- The Historical Society is efficiently and effectively maintaining the Mining and Mineral Museum and it should stay where it is.
- Leaving the Museum where it is currently will allow it to progress and flourish.
- It makes sense and is good government for the Museum to stay with the state agency that runs museums.
Please Call: 602.542.4331 and tell the Governor to leave the Museum and its collections where they are!
Let’s Make History!
Our mailing address is: