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Sky Harbor Showcases 100-Year Celebration of the National Park Service in Exhibition

by Public Relations | Published On: Aug 08, 2016 | Last Updated: 

Phoenix, AZ –  The National Park Service turns 100 this year and in celebrating this milestone, the Phoenix Airport Museum has opened an art exhibition titled, Find Your Park in Arizona, which showcases the diverse range of Arizona’s National Park offerings.

Each of Arizona’s parks is represented with a diverse range of historic images and objects. The selection includes ancient pottery from early cultures, a button from a Buffalo Soldier’s uniform, a fossil cast of an early reptile from pre-historic times, and a boat that was used by Otis ‘Dock’ Marston in 1963 for a complete traverse of the Grand Canyon. There is even a slab of petrified wood that lived 225 million years ago included in the exhibition.

"Find Your Park in Arizona" exhibition at Airport Museum Gallery in Terminal 4.

On Aug.25, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed a bill creating the National Park Service, (NPS) ensuring that America’s most treasured lands, natural wonders and historical locations would be protected, preserved and accessible for future generations. With an abundance of public land, Arizona has been endowed with a diverse 22 National Park Sites. (See Fact Sheet)

To mark this momentous occasion, two guest National Park Rangers working in Arizona’s Parks will be on hand to answer questions and provide more information at the exhibition on Thursday, August 25 from 10 a.m. -3 p.m. in the Gallery in Terminal 4.  Media and members of the public are invited to attend.

Grand Canyon, 1932, courtesy of Grand Canyon National ParkFind Your Park in Arizona, which will be on display through Jan. 29, 2017, also has items for viewing across from the gallery and just east of Sauce restaurant. The Museum Gallery is open 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.

The Phoenix Airport Museum is one of the largest airport art museums in the U.S.  The museum includes an art collection of nearly 900 artworks, 35 exhibition spaces in six buildings and the Phoenix Aviation Archive. For more information, visit

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