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Arizona State Museum

Neighborhood: West University
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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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Not Small!

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 22, 2015
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Tucson, Arizona
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Tucson, Arizona
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24 reviews 24 reviews
13 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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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89 reviews 89 reviews
44 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 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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71 reviews 71 reviews
18 attraction reviews
79 helpful votes 79 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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Cerritos, California
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136 reviews 136 reviews
59 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

The focus here is on the various groups of people who have lived in the state over the ages. The exhibits are well done and labeled. The museum itself is on the campus and that is a lovely place to stroll. It isn't incredible, but was definitely worth the visit. If you are into pottery, this place is a must.

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cherry hill, nj
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173 reviews 173 reviews
50 attraction reviews
297 helpful votes 297 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

This museum says that it "celebrates the enduring cultures of the south west" and it does. The main exhibit is a story of 13 (I think) cultures. We went through with a docent who was interesting and enthusiastic. We were just a bit disappointed that we didn't get to see piles of artifacts in a different area, but the stories... More 

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Omaha, Nebraska
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41 reviews 41 reviews
32 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

This museums, while interesting, is not what I would call your traditional "state museum.". Instead, it is a historic look at different people groups living in the desert soouthwest. There is no history of the state or its culture outside of the focus on the people groups. Not for small children.

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Bakersfield, California
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45 reviews 45 reviews
5 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014

I was very impressed to visit a museum that has done such a good job of grounding its information in scholarship while also making it easily understandable to a lay public. The displays about the indigenous peoples are informative, and the "pot room" is a visual feast.

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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157 reviews 157 reviews
59 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

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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