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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 #28 of 176 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
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29 reviews 29 reviews
8 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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129 reviews 129 reviews
19 attraction reviews
76 helpful votes 76 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
27 helpful votes 27 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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37 reviews 37 reviews
11 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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Borrego Springs, California
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211 reviews 211 reviews
115 attraction reviews
141 helpful votes 141 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2013

This museum contains outstanding displays that take you back through the last 800 years of the southwest. The cultures and customs of the ancient ones are brought to life in wonderful displays and exhibits. The pottery displays are phenomenal.

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AZ
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95 reviews 95 reviews
69 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2013

I love the opportunity to peek into the veil of history or experience a culture you can find at good museums. Believe it or not, this museum can be that. I loved the face mask collections and the extensive information available about the native tribes across AZ. It was a delightful surprise at a reasonable price. That being said if... More

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Oklahoma
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124 reviews 124 reviews
47 attraction reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2013

I was surprised by the richness of this museum's galleries and sad that I hadn't allotted more time to see them. There are beautiful galleries of Indian basketry and pottery (try to find jar created by the famous Maria Martinez contributed by the even more famous photographer Ansel Adams). The main gallery interprets the history and life of the major... More

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London
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104 reviews 104 reviews
63 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2013

Show a short film then permanent exhibition on 10 native Indian tribes of south west USA. Interesting display of native Americans not to be missed by those interested by the subject. Across the entrance foyer there is a pottery display with a wall of pottery , I was surprised that a lot of the pots were actually rather new...... at... More

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Tucson, Arizona
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133 reviews 133 reviews
37 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2013

This is a great museum and the amount of history on American Indians is pretty vast. I love to look at the wall of pottery and see them actually working on finds behind the glass. This is a small museum, but very well done!

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