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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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Description: 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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It was a good exhibit o of southwest Native Americans. The presentation was good. Plus, it was cool for a few hours on a warm day.

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 27, 2015
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Redmond, Washington
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Gold Canyon, Arizona
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90 reviews 90 reviews
30 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

My husband and I had a buy one get one admission free in the Tucson tour book. t was a hot day, and the museum is air conditioned, we decided to give it a try. It is a very small museum located on the U of A grounds. Their feature exhibit was the Intimacy of Faith. A collection of a... More 

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Redmond, Washington
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19 reviews 19 reviews
11 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

It was a good exhibit o of southwest Native Americans. The presentation was good. Plus, it was cool for a few hours on a warm day.

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Cochrane, Canada
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212 reviews 212 reviews
91 attraction reviews
162 helpful votes 162 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

Learned a lot about native groups in Southern Arizona but was hard to keep it all straight. This is an old museum that has some new upgrades but think things have remained the same for some time. If you have a Tucson Passport, be sure to bring it in order to use the 2 for 1 coupon.

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Canada
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156 reviews 156 reviews
93 attraction reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

The review by RUMPLES is right on; I Have nothing to add. Allow 1.5 to 2 hours. Best collection of Southwest pottery I've ever seen.

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Waukesha, Wisconsin
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Take your time as you meander through centuries of Arizona history. The docents are top-notch! For first-timers to Tucson, this is a must-see!

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Tucson, Arizona
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784 reviews 784 reviews
361 attraction reviews
947 helpful votes 947 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

This state museum -- the oldest and largest anthropology museum in the Southwest -- stands on the University of Arizona (UA) campus, just inside the main gate. Its large permanent exhibition ("Paths of Life: American Indians of the Southwest and Northern Mexico") begins with an excellent introductory video. The exhibit continues with room after room of display cases devoted to... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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25 reviews 25 reviews
13 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

You think it's small, but then you learn sooo much, and find additional rooms, floors, exhibits. This place just opens the door of wonder for those interested in Arizona and it's pre-statehood history. Makes you want to Google everything!

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Thunder Bay, Canada
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112 reviews 112 reviews
55 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Interesting artifacts especially the miniature hand woven baskets. They were used as models when teaching the young people how to weave. Nice gift shop. Worth watching the video.

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Chestnut Hill
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67 reviews 67 reviews
20 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

An exhibition of art by contemporary Native American artists in all media in response to the photographs of Edward Curtis. His work is today viewed as overly romantic and inaccurate by many artists, a few acknowledge his skills. There is also a show of Curtis photographs at the same museum. Don't miss the ceramic collections and a good museum shop.

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Tucson, Arizona
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82 reviews 82 reviews
24 attraction reviews
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

As other reviewers have pointed out, this museum doesn't cover all of Arizona. It has rotating temporary exhibits as well as permanent exhibits about Native Americans in Arizona, New Mexico, and northern Mexico. The permanent exhibits are full of interesting detail... you could spend hours on these alone. The pottery wall is amazing! The rest of the room around it... More 

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