Sightseeing in Tucson


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  • Arizona State Museum
    As they enter the massive brick building, visitors pass the Watercarrier, a curved bronze statue that lends a first glimpse at a staggering collection of ancient and modern Native American works. Established in 1893, the Arizona State Museum celebrates and records Southwest Indian cultural history with more than 3 million objects, including a collection electrified with more than 25,000 pieces of woven basketry, more than 300,000 catalogued archaeological artifacts, 500,000 photographic negatives and original prints, 90,000 volumes of rare titles, 6,000 maps, 1,500 feet of archival documents, and more than 1,000 sound recordings. The collection forays out onto the museum floor in exhibitions such as Ancient Architecture of the Southwest, where striking photographs frame some of the crumbling archaeological ruins of 1,000-year-old cliff dwellings set against a rugged desert landscape while tastefully photoshopping out the ancient satellite dishes. The Pottery Project spans 2,000 years of Native ceramics with more than 20,000 whole pieces and a lab for hands-on pottery testing. Using artifacts, life-size dioramas, and film, Paths of Life explores the history and contemporary lifeways of ten Native cultures, including those of the Yaqui, O’odham, Apache, Navajo, and Hopi. Museum staff further engage visitors in events that range from talks with museum curators and Native artisans to learning expeditions, which invite guests to tag along with museum and university archaeologists to survey nearby sites, immersing them in the scientific dig experience nearly as effectively as watching Indiana Jones with your nose to the screen. Educational outreach for public-school and university students immerses them in camps and workshops. At the Native Goods museum store, visitors browse a stock of books alongside basketry, jewelry, carvings, and textiles crafted by artists from Yaqui, Hopi, and other nations.
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    1013 East University Boulevard
    Tucson, AZ US
  • Arizona Historical Society
    There’s little left in Tucson to suggest that back in the mid-19th-century the city served as the Southwest’s hub for highway robbers. But it's a fact that the area hosted a string of stagecoach holdups and served as the starting point for Wyatt Earp’s infamous vendetta ride. At the Arizona History Museum, relics stand testament to this harrowed past, including an original Concord stagecoach, not unlike those whose occupants were forced to surrender their valuables to roadside brigands. The museum doesn’t only explore infamy, though; it illuminates all the forces that took part in Tucson’s transition from Paleo-Indian hunting ground to Spanish colonial outpost to the commercial center it is today. Exhibits cover this vast span of time creatively, including a full-size replica of an underground mine that provides a glimpse into early-20th-century working conditions, hands-on exhibits that recall the day-to-day lives of Native Americans, and archaeology displays that detail the surrounding environment's history over the past 4,000 years.
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    949 E 2nd St
    Tucson, AZ US
  • International Wildlife Museum
    Get ready for some serious visual stimulation at Tucson's International Wildlife Museum, where art experts and novices come together. Check out this museum's restaurant, where you can stay for lunch or grab your meal to go. This museum is kid-friendly, so little ones are welcome to tag along. At International Wildlife Museum, you can park quickly and safely in a lot next door.
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    4800 W Gates Pass Rd
    Tucson, AZ US
  • Philabaum Glass Studio and Gallery
    Art connoisseurs flock to Tucson's Philabaum Glass Studio and Gallery, where you can catch a glimpse of some of the best and brightest. What's a fine museum without fine dining to accompany it? Be sure to pick up a tasty meal when you visit their great restaurant. Parking is plentiful, so visitors can feel free to bring their vehicles.
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    711 South 6th Avenue
    Tucson, AZ US
  • The University of Arizona Museum of Art
    facet: Main type: Traditional locale: en_US title: The University of Arizona Museum of Art facet_type_id: 66d13830-8971-1032-b647-771e84ea2259 html_text: |- Scholarship and public engagement have remained equally vital parts of The University of Arizona Museum of Art's mission. By preserving collections that showcase five centuries of artistic expression from around the world, the museum promotes greater appreciation for the inherent value of the visual arts. The museum houses works by renowned artists such as Georgia O’Keeffe, Jackson Pollock, and Elisabeth Vigee-Lebrun. Eye Catcher: 26 panels of Fernando Gallego and Maestro Bartolomé's 15th century altarpiece created for the Cathedral of Ciudad Rodrigo in Spain Don't Miss: "Green on Blue" by abstract expressionist Mark Rothko Hidden Gem: Plaster and clay models by Jacques Lipchitz. Also keep eyes peeled for actual tools from the Lipchitz's workshop, portrait busts, and finished sculptures Beyond the Gallery Walls: More than 40 public sculptures and integrated artworks speckle the surrounding area, providing small discoveries for visitors willing to explore the campus.
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    1031 N Olive Rd
    Tucson, AZ US
  • Children's Museum Tucson
    Children's Museum Tucson was built on the belief that learning should be fun. To that end, play is a key element in the museum's interactive exhibits. Each year, more than 144,000 people visit and learn something new. Size: a 17,000-square-foot facility with 13 permanent exhibits Eye Catcher: the giant body parts that move and make sounds inside Bodyology Permanent Mainstay: Investigation Station, which is filled with interactive activities devoted to physics, optics, math, and other sciences Don't Miss: Children explore various mediums and use recyclables to create their very own masterpieces in the art studio. What's Outdoors: a courtyard with a sand pit, a playhouse, a fountain, and sweet scents from the garden Pro Tip: Take younger visitors to Wee World, the museum area that's specifically designed for ages 4 and under. Special Programs: kids' exercises classes, educational programs, and summer camps
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    200 S 6th Ave
    Tucson, AZ US

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