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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 #26 of 178 attractions in Tucson
Type: Natural History Museums
Owner description: The oldest anthropological museum in the region, the Arizona State Museum has been collecting and interpreting the cultures of the Southwest since... more » 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. « less
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Tucson, Arizona
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70 reviews 70 reviews
22 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 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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39 helpful votes 39 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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66 reviews 66 reviews
12 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 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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87 attraction reviews
187 helpful votes 187 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
4 helpful votes 4 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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8 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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Tucson
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39 reviews 39 reviews
12 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

This is one of Tucson,s hidden treasures. Iti is on the campus of the Univ of arizona. There is currently a fabulous exhibit of the photography of Adriel Heisey taken from his ultra light Lane

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Dorset
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21 attraction reviews
89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2014

We loved our visit - and were delighted we were lucky enough to see the Edward Curtis portraits, the extraordinary arial photograohy of Adriel Heisey (don't miss the video film of him actually flying the plane he himself built, while taking his fabulous photograps) and the hugely comprehensive and fascinating Paths of Life exhibit. The whole experience left nothing more... More

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Reno, Nevada
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28 reviews 28 reviews
19 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2014

A mini-course in anthropology, under the guise of a museum visit. This museum is sure to delight visitors of all ages! The four main exhibits include: "Shonto's Words" (painting by artist Shonto Begay), "Curtis Reframed" (often controversial photos of Native Americans by Edward S. Curtis, taken between 1903-1928), "The Pottery Project" (display wall of 150 superb pieces) and "Paths of... More

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Goodyear, Arizona
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45 reviews 45 reviews
13 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2013

We were looking for something to do on the rare rainy day in Tucson and decided to visit the AZ State Museum. We made the right choice. The museum has an outstanding collection of pottery, and baskets accompanied by excellent decriptions of the native american cultures responsible for their design and craftsmanship. It was really interesting. Don't wait for a... More

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