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Arizona Historical Society -- Tucson Main Museum

949 E. Second, Tucson, AZ 85719 (West University)
520 628 5774
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Ranked #71 of 178 attractions in Tucson
Type: History Museums
Description: This specialty museum, dedicated to the history of Arizona, includes a re-created mining tunnel.
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Salt_Lake
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81 reviews 81 reviews
37 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

This was an okay museum to visit, but the exhibits are really outdated. There are much better museums to visit if you have only a few days in the City.

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Reno, Nevada
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28 reviews 28 reviews
19 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2014

This museum was interesting, but probably not strong enough on its own merit. I bundled this into a UA visit, so this was a matter of proximity. There were two exhibits of note: Mapping the Territory (detailing the Gadsen Purchase) and Geronimo! (sepia photos of the man). An original stagecoach is displayed in the lobby; in a separate hall, there... More

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tucson arizona
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2013

We found this museum to be informative and well done. The cost was minimal $5 for seniors. We enjoyed walking through and looking at the exhibits. Many had verbal messages to help us understand what we were seeing. I would recommend this museum. There is free parking - I would suggest you call to find out where it is. We... More

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Tucson
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106 reviews 106 reviews
25 attraction reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2013

My most recent stop was to see the Silverbell "Roman" artifacts, a long ago proven collection of hoax items of supposed Roman artifacts found in the Tucson area. Like the last reviewer, I was stunned to see how lousy the interpretative information was, pretending that they may still be real. (My guess is that a family member must have edited... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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96 reviews 96 reviews
51 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2013

The museum was reasonably priced and my wife and I enjoyed walking through. We spent almost two hours there. The history of Tucson/Arizona was fascinating and easy to follow. As usual when I get the time I research some of the stories and facts that I learned at a museum. I was very disappointed and shocked to find that one... More

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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20 reviews 20 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

A great glimpse into the past of Tucson. A good see for visitors and locals alike. There are artifacts from tombstone and surrounding areas, too.

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Homedale, Idaho
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43 reviews 43 reviews
29 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2013

This museum is on the University of Arizona campus. It was much more interesting and informative than the Arizona State Museum. It had an excellent exhibit on mining with a mineral and gem collection. It also had the pictures etc about the beginning of the University of Arizona, history around Tucson. Parking was free.

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Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2013

This is a great place to chill out and inform yourself about the history of Tucson. There is quite a lot to read, so I go there about once a year. The caretaker is also very knowledgable, with his stories about gangsters (John Dillinger).

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2012 via mobile

Great for kids! My son loved everything about this place. Worth the money and time spent. Close to the university area and downtown. Planning to go back pretty soon.

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Tubac, Arizona
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

There are many buildings devoted to the AHS. My favorite is the one on E. 2nd St. AHS serves as the steward of state and regional history, fulfilling its mission to collect, preserve, interpret, and disseminate the history of Arizona, the West, and northern Mexico as it pertains to Arizona. At the present time they are devoting a collection to... More

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