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Sky Harbor unveils exhibit dedicated to Arizona’s national parks

(Mike Sackley/KTAR News)

If you’re looking for a different experience next time you visit Sky Harbor, stop in the airport’s museum to learn more about Arizona’s national parks.

In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service, the airport is helping visitors find their park in Arizona by featuring objects and images from 20 park sites throughout the state.

The display includes everything from a small boat that braved the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon to crystallized wood from the Petrified Forest.

“We also have from [Petrified Forest] a fossil cast of kind of a prehistoric reptile from about 225 million years ago,” said Gary Martelli, manager and curator of the Phoenix Airport Museum.

“We have pottery that’s over 1,000 years old and hand-woven sandals from early cultures that are 1,000 years old.”

Martelli said it’s a nice way for travelers to take a break, relax and de-stress before catching a flight.

“It might inspire people to go to some of these wonderful sites throughout our state,” Martelli said.

The exhibition will be on display until Jan. 29.

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