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Q&AZ: Will Phoenix ever bring back its city history museum?

Heritage Square in downtown Phoenix is home to historical buildings and educational landmarks, but one museum is no longer present.

Through KJZZ’s Q&AZ Project, a listener asked: Will Phoenix ever bring back its city history museum?

The Phoenix Museum of History moved into Heritage Square in 1996, after the city provided $8 million for a new building.

The museum was managed by a local nonprofit, which experienced financial difficulties during the recession of the late 2000s.

The nonprofit, which is now defunct, made a deal with the Arizona Science Center in 2009 to take the collections and archives from the museum, as well as take over the operating agreement of the building.

The building is now the CREATE Makerspace, part of the Arizona Science Center, but a city representative says the collection can still be found in the same building.

Vaughan Jones is the weekend reporter for KJZZ, and a graduate of ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in sports journalism, with a minor in music. As a Phoenix native, Jones’s dream is to serve his community by covering important stories in the metropolitan area.He spent two years as music director at Blaze Radio, ASU’s student-run radio station. His passion for radio stems from joining Blaze his freshman year as a DJ.When he is not working, Jones can be found writing music with his band, playing video games with his friends, or watching his favorite Phoenix-area sports teams.