As it is still a tad bit on the toasty side here in Scottsdale, museums are a great place to hang out. The Phoenix area has many museums to choose from. Whether you’re a gem enthusiast, a history buff or an art lover, these seven Phoenix museums are worth checking out:

Arizona Science Center: If you have kids, this is the place to take them. With 300 interactive exhibits and an IMAX theater, there’s plenty to keep them occupied plus you don’t have to worry about little johnny putting his hand prints all over that million dollar painting again.  It’s also great way to get kids jazzed about science. Even if you don’t have kids, check it out!

Pueblo Grande Museum and Archaeological Park: This is the site of a 1,500 year old Hohokam village ruin. Experience the ruins yourself and learn about the history in the indoor museum. Also, check out two full scale reproductions of prehistoric Hohokam dwellings.

Shemer Art Center and Museum:Located on East Camelback Road, this museum houses local art and hosts art classes as well. Check out the unique sculpture garden also located on the premises.

Arizona CapitalPhoenix Art Museum: From contemporary to modern art, this place has it all. There are also some great traveling exhibits that stop here from all over the world highlighting everything from fashion to photography. Check out their free film series as well.

Arizona Capitol Museum: Come here to find out about Arizona’s rich history. Admission to the museum is free! Check out the museum store for awesome souvenirs of your stay here.

Arizona Mining and Mineral Museum: It’s more than just rocks. Learn about Arizona’s mining history and check out thousands of minerals and gems.

Hall of Flame and The National Firefighting Hall of Heroes: People travel from all over to pay tribute to those who have fallen while saving lives. Most of the exhibits are American but you can also check out neat firetrucks from around the world.

There are plenty more museums in the area to visit so whether you’re a local or renting a Scottsdale vacation home, check them out!