Dressing Downtown

February 15 to October 29. Included with  Museum admission.

Displayed in the Rosson House Museum, view turn-of-the-century clothing in their contemporary setting, including our feature piece – a gown worn to the 1909 inauguration of President Taft, on loan from the personal collection of Black Cat Vintage, Phoenix.

Rosson House Museum

Is a 2,800 square foot Eastlake Victorian style home, built in 1895 by Dr. and Mrs. Roland Rosson. A classic example of the late Victorian style, it is fully restored to its original grandeur. Experience what life was like for residents of Phoenix in territorial Arizona. Docent-guided tours feature all living areas of the house and highlight the stories, people and places that influenced the property and surroundings. Tours are available during regular business hours, and last 45-60 minutes. An admission fee is charged.

The Rosson House was restored in the 1970s through a community effort involving the City of Phoenix, dozens of local institutions and hundreds of volunteers. To learn more about the restoration of the Rosson House, view this video, courtesy KAET.

Coming Soon –

  • Opening in March 2017 – Delve into Details, an exhibit in the Stevens/Haustgen Bungalow that looks at the adornments, trinkets and trimmings that defined turn-of-the-century style.


Previous Exhibits

Victorian Secrets – A Glimpse of the Unmentionable – (September 2013 – July 2015) click here to view objects from this exhibit.

Phoenix Re:Imagined – (January 2015 – June 2016) From its creation in 1870 and through the twentieth century, the City of Phoenix grew from an agricultural adobe village to one of the largest and fastest growing metropolitan areas in the country.

Progress, however, had a cost – and the fee was often the historic and aesthetic fabric of the city. PHOENIX RE:imagined explores the urbanization of the city and how the diligent work of a preservation minded community resulted in saving historic sites like Heritage Square.

The Phoenix Indian School Legacy Project (September 2015 – January 2016) Working in cooperation with Native American Connections, the Phoenix Indian Council, and the Heard Museum, this exhibit told the story of the efforts to restore the Phoenix Indian School Band Building.  Find out more about this restoration here.