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Arizona Historical Society -- Tucson Main Museum

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Address: 949 E. Second, Tucson, AZ 85719
Phone Number: +1 520-628-5774
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Mon - Thu 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Fri 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Sat - Sun 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
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The Arizona History Museum's focus is southern Arizona history from Spanish...

The Arizona History Museum's focus is southern Arizona history from Spanish colonial through territorial eras. Exhibit topics include mining and transportation. The Arizona's Treasures exhibit features Geronimo's rifle, 18th-century Spanish silver artifacts, and hands-on exhibits for children.

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Went to the Historical Society because they offered free parking in a nearby lot. The admission person gave us a family discount because we arrived late in the afternoon, which... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Los Angeles
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89 reviews
37 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Went to the Historical Society because they offered free parking in a nearby lot. The admission person gave us a family discount because we arrived late in the afternoon, which was nice. We have a 4 year old son, so an hour was about all we needed in the museum. Lots of artifacts to see inside, like old rifles, a... More 

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St Louis, United States
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57 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Took 2 hours to get through the museum and we enjoyed learning more about the history of Tucson. Veteran's were free and other fees were reasonable. Put on your walking shoes and look for a couple of guns that Wyatt Earp owned and Geronimo's rifle. Envision yourself in the early 20th century Studebaker or the covered wagon on display. Lots... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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324 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had a friend come to town and reminbered our first visit and took his there. He really liked the content of this museum. It covered the history of the area and the people living here, the indigenous, the settlers and others. Displays were interactive. It was a great idea to take guests.

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Regina, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016 via mobile

This is a decent museum, we enjoyed the hands on exhibit that is located upstairs the best (even though we are older than its target market). The displays are well laid out and I enjoyed the native artifacts and displays. If you are near the UofArizona maybe stop by. Should take no more than an hour, admission was $8 for... More 

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AZHistoricalSociety, Manager at Arizona Historical Society -- Tucson Main Museum, responded to this review

Hello! Thank you for visiting the museum and writing a review! We appreciate your feedback on your visit. The hands on 1870s Tucson exhibit is a lot of fun! We're glad you enjoyed it. Remember, if you come in on Fridays from 4-8pm, we offer discounted admission for residents of Tucson - just $3! - Arizona History Museum staff More 

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015 via mobile

If you are fairly interested in early mining or Native Americans, you will love the museum. Indeed, it is one of the best museums of its type. I could have spent hours if I had been there alone. The history tolerant part of the family enjoyed it but was done after an hour or so.

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San Francisco, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015

Been coming here for years as Arizona's premier historical museum, coupled with the UA Arizona State Museum. Free parking. Low entry fee. Great place to learn and refresh your history. I especially like the native American exhibits.

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AZHistoricalSociety, Manager at Arizona Historical Society -- Tucson Main Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting the museum and leaving a review! We're glad you enjoy coming to the Arizona History Museum. You're right, we offer validated parking at the Main Gate garage if you park in the "Arizona Historical Society" section. We hope to see you back at the museum soon! -Arizona History Museum staff More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

There is something for everyone at this museum. There is an old car, carriage, old west furnishing and very good exhibits of mining history. The museum is great for an hour or so visit while you are at the UA campus. I think there is a price discount one evening per week.

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AZHistoricalSociety, Manager at Arizona Historical Society -- Tucson Main Museum, responded to this review

Hello! Thank you for visiting the museum and taking the time to write a review. We're glad you enjoyed your visit! We do offer discounted rates from 4-6 pm on Monday and Friday, during our "Family Night" and "Cheap Date Nite" programming. Admission to the museum is just $1 with proof of Southern Arizona identification. We have exciting programs planned... More 

Weatherford, Oklahoma
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35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2015

Knowing very little regarding Arizona history, I found this museum interesting. There is a large section on mining operations, and exhibits on family life during the 1800's. Worth spending several hours here if you enjoy history.

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AZHistoricalSociety, Manager at Arizona Historical Society -- Tucson Main Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write a review about the Arizona History Museum! We appreciate your review and hope you enjoyed your visit. Our walk-through mining hall and 1870's Tucson exhibits are some of our favorite attractions here at the museum. We also work to have exciting exhibits in the changing galleries too, like our "I am Tucson"... More 

W. Hartford, CT
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226 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2015

We really liked the content of this museum. It covered the history of the area and the people living here, the indigenous, the settlers and others. Many displays were interactive.

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Thank Cayman408
Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2015

An outstanding collection of well-displayed Western artifacts, greatly under-appreciated in Tucson. The rare preserved stagecoach is alone worth a visit.

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AZHistoricalSociety, Manager at Arizona Historical Society -- Tucson Main Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting the museum and writing a review! We're very glad you enjoyed your visit. Museum staff is always working hard to develop new exhibits and exciting programs, so we hope to see you again soon! - Arizona History Museum staff More 

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