In an op-ed piece in the Arizona Republic today, former Governor Rose Mofford called for reopening the Arizona Mining & Mineral Museum but at its long ago home at the State Fair grounds in Phoenix.
The museum had been housed on the Capitol Mall in Phoenix until 2010 when it was transferred to the Arizona Historical Society to become the home of the Arizona Experience museum [right] in celebration of the state's centennial. The minerals and other exhibits were removed for the remodeling of the building but the hoped-for private contributions to fund the new museum have not been forthcoming, putting the museum plans on hold.
Fans of the mining and mineral museum have carried on a continuing campaign to reopen it or have a replacement built. Legislation was introduced both last year and in the current session to have AZGS create a museum. Neither version has had a hearing.
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