The Arizona Mining and Mineral Museum near the State Capitol has closed a month earlier than expected. As the building’s overseer, the Arizona Historical Society had originally planned to shutter the museum at the end of the school year.
Instead, The Arizona Republic reports the Historical Society laid off the museum’s 10 part-time staffers and had the state Department of Administration change the locks.
When the building at 15th Avenue and Washington Street reopens, it will be known as the Arizona Experience Museum, celebrating the events that have shaped Arizona over its 100 years.
For two decades, the mineral museum building has housed specimens and equipment showcasing the state’s mining operations.