Scottsdale Historical Museum – Scottsdale, Arizona
Want to see a historical museum that is in something other than a brand new building? Then you will truly enjoy going to the Scottsdale Historical Museum which is located in a 1909 red brick school house.
This building has quite a history on it’s own, it was a school, city hall, library and the chamber office before being the museum.
The area of Scottsdale was founded by Rev. Scott when he paid $.50 for an acre of land that became Scottsdale. His background was in the Civil War, Pastoring and then teaching at the school. The total story of his influence on the development of the area can be read at the museum.
Part of the history of the one room school was the strict standard that the students were held to such as each day ended with announcements and the duties for the next day. Children who had misbehaved during the day usually had to stay late. Punishments could be very harsh. Children were punished for arriving late, answering questions incorrectly and falling asleep in class. They were usually punished again by their parents when they returned home. "Bad behavior" led to a "dunce cap" or signs around their necks, standing in a corner or even a strapping with a hickory stick.
There are numerous displays of the way life was in the late 1800′s including a tent kitchen for you to see and be glad that times have changed!
Location: Scottsdale Historical Museum, 7333 East Scottsdale Mall, Scottsdale AZ 85251
Hours: Wednesday through Sunday during these months and times:
September 10 AM – 2 PM
October through May 10AM – 5 PM
June 10 AM – 2 PM Admission Free
Directions: Driving The museum is near the intersections of Scottsdale Road and Indian School Road, near Old Town Scottsdale. The nearest parking is entered from Second Street north on Wells Fargo (between Scottsdale Road and Civic Center Boulevard)
Walking Take First Street east until you reach the mall. After entering the grassy area you will see the Little Red Schoolhouse on your right.