Museums & History

Did you know the first European explorers "discovered" Yuma 80 years before the Pilgrims set foot on Plymouth Rock? In the years before dams were built, this was the safest place to cross the mighty Colorado River for hundreds of miles, putting Yuma at the crossroads of history. Explore our rich, multicultural heritage at a variety of historic sites and museums.

From indigenous history to the arrival of the Spanish missionaries, to pioneer history, to a look at one of America’s great rivers, the Colorado River, Yuma museums and two state historic parks tell Yuma’s story. There is also the Yuma Art Center, a children’s museum, and a couple of unique collections and monuments that you might not expect that are must-see experiences. 

Downtown

Downtown Yuma is very walkable, or you can move around easily by vehicle, too. Hitting all the... Read More

Colorado River State Historic Park

For nearly 20 years beginning in 1864, all the military posts in the Southwest traced their... Read More

Yuma Territorial Prison State Historic Park

Voted as USA Today’s “Best Haunted Destination in the U.S.,” the Yuma Territorial... Read More

Pivot Point Plaza

The outdoor exhibit area opened in 2010 where Madison Avenue meets the river, the exact site where... Read More

Native American Culture

In the years before dams were built, this was the safest place to cross the mighty Colorado River... Read More

Petroglyphs

Images found in ancient petroglyphs - pictures scratched, carved or pecked into rocks - have become... Read More

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