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Arizona State Museum

1013 East University Blvd, University of Arizona campus, Tucson, AZ 85721 (West University)
520-621-6302
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Ranked #20 of 122 Attractions in Tucson
Type: Natural History Museums, Museums
Owner description: The oldest anthropological museum in the region, the Arizona State Museum has been collecting and...
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Type: Natural History Museums, Museums
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Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: 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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Saint Louis, Missouri
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152 reviews 152 reviews
58 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 NEW

The museum showcases the history and culture of ten Native peoples: their similarities and differences. The artifacts, life size dioramas, and maps are very helpful. It gives one a great appreciation for life in the arid region. There is also a great pottery room with pots from various tribes. Many are housed in a climate controlled vault and you can... More 

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College Station, Texas
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

The majority of this museum is centered on the history and culture of the native peoples of southwest US and northern Mexico. I spent most of my time in the walkway where there are exhibits devoted to individual tribes. These were great, there displays showing various tools for hunting/fishing, tribal dances/celebrations, descriptions of how each tribe interacted with European settlers... More 

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massachusetts
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75 reviews 75 reviews
36 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014 via mobile

I had a few hours to kill while my partner conducted business and this little museum caught my interest. The current exhibit is antique photos by Curtis of Native Americans. Across the hall is a "response" piece by contemporary artists and the two exhibits are an amazing snapshot when viewed together. The permanent exhibits are very well done as well,... More 

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Greenbelt, Maryland
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57 reviews 57 reviews
27 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

The large collection of indian pottery is this museum's claim to fame; unfortunately 90% of it is kept in a vault and it is not visible at all (the computerized system that allows one to peek into the storage shelves was down when I visited). What is shown only wets the appetite of the visitor. A semi-permanent exhibit about 10... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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73 reviews 73 reviews
22 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

A quiet place to go on a Saturday afternoon. I rode my bike and being on a university campus, I had no problem finding a place to lock it up. A neat exhibit on multiple Native American tribes from around the state of Arizona and into northern Mexico. Also a huge pottery collection for those curious about where various pots... More 

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Naples, Florida
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72 reviews 72 reviews
20 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

The Paths through Time exhibit is a great introduction to or review of the differences and similarities in the Native American groups in the Southwest. If you try to carefully study everything it would take several hours. The pottery exhibit was beautiful and included old and new examples. Loved the museum but hated trying to find a parking place, even... More 

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Spokane, Washington
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75 reviews 75 reviews
13 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014

I had recently read Timothy Egan's **Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher: The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward Curtis** and was telling my Tucson relatives about the great contribution Edward Curtis gave us about the Native American cultures in the United States. This exhibit displays 20 at a time of the 60 images they have in their permanent... More 

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Arizona
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348 reviews 348 reviews
93 attraction reviews
205 helpful votes 205 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2014

We loved the museum. We hit it out of the blue. We were looking to kill time prior to another commitment and looked to tripadvisor for guidance and came up with this grand slam. There are so many positive reviews that I would best serve others by plagiarizing several of them. It truly was a privilege to see all of... More 

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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014

I recently visited here on a trip from Scotland and found it to be a fascinating place! Much to find out about Native American history. A special mention to Merlin and Jenna Lynn who were so informative and answered all my questions. A quick shout out to Sally in the shop too. Loved talking to them all! And the lady... More 

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Tucson
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31 reviews 31 reviews
8 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

Spend an afternoon on the beautiful University of Arizona campus and sneak-off to visit this gem of a museum, presenting the Desert Southwest at its best. EDWARD CURTIS exhibit is a special, special treat. Read "Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher" and learn more. An actual copy of one of his books is part of the exhibit. Unreal. ADRIEL HEISEY... More 

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