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Arizona State Museum

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Address: 1013 East University Blvd, University of Arizona campus, Tucson, AZ 85721
Phone Number: 520-621-6302
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The oldest anthropological museum in the region, the Arizona State Museum...

The oldest anthropological museum in the region, the Arizona State Museum has been collecting and interpreting the cultures of the Southwest since 1893.

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Pottery and more

Recent reviews say it better than I can - an amazing collection of pottery and interesting insights into the various tribes. My brain wore out after about the 5th tribe so I... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Deephaven, Minnesota
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Deephaven, Minnesota
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21 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Recent reviews say it better than I can - an amazing collection of pottery and interesting insights into the various tribes. My brain wore out after about the 5th tribe so I suggest pacing yourself. What was also fascinating was the computerized "peek" into all the storage shelves behind the pottery that was out on display. You could chose a... More 

Thank Perkann
Bethany Beach, Delaware
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17 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We went specifically to see this fine collection of Indian pottery and it didn't disappoint. Whether in the antique collection or items for sale in the museum store, the quality and quantity of Indian pottery was really superb. The museum is smallish and could use some better lighting but still worth the time to visit. It was fairly easy to... More 

Thank Marcia P
Roswell, Georgia
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196 reviews
153 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1,287 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2015

We opted to visit this museum because the price was right - $5/person. I had read on Tripadvisor (thanks, previous reviewers!) that this museum is good for learning about Native American history/art, and the Tucson Museum of Art focuses more on Latin American/southwestern art and culture. After visiting both, I found those descriptions to be accurate. My husband was more... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2015

Regardless of whether you are a visitor to the desert or a native of Tucson, the State Museum has something for everyone. One of the best collections of Native American pottery, rotating collections and an incredible shop. World class display of artwork created by the Native People of this part of the country.

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Tucson, Arizona
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76 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

If you are a fan of Native American pottery, the displays here will blow your mind. The museum is a great educational experience showing you the history of the Southern Arizona area.

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Union City, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2015

We enjoyed our visit. The pottery exhibit is especially interesting; they claim they have over 25,000 pieces of pottery. The admission fee was low, about 5-6 dollars and well worth it.

Thank David B
Greensboro, North Carolina, United States
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94 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2015

Come experience the enduring cultures of Arizona, the American Southwest and northern Mexico at the oldest and largest anthropology museum in the region. The two permanent exhibits are wonderful The Paths of Life: American Indians of the Southwest allow the visitor to explore the origins, histories and contemporary lifeways of ten Native cultures in an exciting mix of prehistoric artifacts,... More 

Thank MartaNHicks
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18 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2015

Greatly enjoyed this museum. Lots of fascinating displays of western US history and mining displays. Parking in the nearby parking garage and validated ticket in the museum. If you are a history buff you will enjoy this museum.

Thank Ronzo11
Boulder, Colorado
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67 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015

If you enjoy native American pottery, this museum is quite a find. This museum has a vault filled with native American pottery of all kinds. Thankfully they also have many pieces on display for museum patrons to enjoy, too. The variety was astounding. And the informational descriptions were quite eye-opening. This museum seems like a small museum when you first... More 

Thank JazzyKris
Giv'atayim, Israel
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17 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015

The Arizona State Museum is a smallish, concentrated and intriguing place to visit in Tucson. For anyone interested in the native population of south west Arizona, this museum is a mine of information. There is a wonderful pottery display (permanent) and an art exhibition by Pascua Yaqui artists (current).

Thank Ilana S

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