Mill Avenue. It’s one of the Valley’s best-known streets. A destination for locals as well as tourists, it attracts millions of people each year who are looking for unique nightlife, shopping and cultural experiences. But did you know that it was also once home to bar-fighting Gila monsters? Or that M.A.M.A. (Mill Avenue Merchants Association) teamed up with local authorities to chase bikers and their “choppers” off the street? Or that by 1900, musicians of diverse backgrounds helped Tempe dance the night away at venues like Curry Hall?
The Tempe History Museum is pleased to announce its new changing exhibit, Walking Mill Avenue. The exhibit walks you back in time, exploring the various Mill Avenue eras ranging from the late 1800s to Prohibition to hippies to the Tempe Sound of the 1990s. Pictures, quotes, artifacts and narratives tell the story of one of the Valley’s most famous streets in this unique exhibit.
The community is invited to an opening night celebration on Tuesday, May 14 at 6:30 p.m. Attendees can “Walk Mill Avenue” while enjoying refreshments and live entertainment by local musician Hans Olson. The celebration is free to attend. The Tempe History Museum is located at 809 E. Southern Ave.
The Walking Mill Avenue exhibit will run through March 2020. All museum exhibits and events are free, though donations are welcome. For more information, visit tempe.gov/museum.