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Arizona State Museum

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Address: 1013 E University Blvd, University of Arizona campus, Tucson, AZ 85721-0001
Phone Number: 520-621-6302
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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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Great history museum

The Arizona State Museum is a wonderful museum on early Arizona history. It covers the many native tribes that live/lived in the area that is now Arizona. The museum has a great... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 20, 2016
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Phoenix, Arizona
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2016 via mobile

This museum is basically covers Native American pottery and also gives a very brief history of each tribe that lived/lives in Az or very nearby. The reason for 3 stars is that we expected a history of AZ.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2016

The Arizona State Museum is a wonderful museum on early Arizona history. It covers the many native tribes that live/lived in the area that is now Arizona. The museum has a great collection of artifacts from tens to thousands of years of history. The story of each tribe is told with each exhibit. Enjoy.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2016

Awesome museum, learned a lot about Geronimo. Poncho Villa, the exhibits are very well done. They have a nice interactive area on the second level for children. Will return when we are back in Tucson.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2016

Visited the Paths of Life exhibit. Our tour guide was probably one of the worst I have ever had in my entire life- she was unable to answer questions and often said things like "I'm not sure what this is"- I would then approach the glass and would read exactly what it was. It was also EXTREMELY out of date.... More 

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Acton, MA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2016

We came to see the pottery collection which is so vast they can only display a few examples of each style and time period. The items on display are beautiful and displayed so that you can really examine them up close. We were surprised how interesting the faded and dusty exhibits on the ethnography of the local indian tribes and... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016

The opportunity to learn so much about the cultures of the past are waiting for you at the Museum. The layout makes it easy to go from one area to another and yet get the full picture.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2016

This is a great place to learn about the history of the southwest. They have fantastic exhibits which are very well laid out. Take the folks and the kids - everyone will learn a lot while having a great time.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2016

Summary based on one visit: --didn't have high expectations, but found the exhibits quite interesting --reasonable entry fee --parking in fee lot nearby --some very nice items in the store, especially better quality Hopi silver. Prices seemed lower and variety of higher quality pieces greater than some other places. If you're making a significant purchase, inquire whether it makes financial... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2016

The Arizona State Museum houses the largest Native American pottery collection in the world. The permanent exhibit on the Native American Tribes of Arizona is fantastic. Additional galleries, whose content changes occasionally never disappoint. The museum shop is one of the best that I have visited. Make sure to give your self plenty of time!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2016 via mobile

We enjoyed the exhibit about the 10 Arizona tribes, led by a very knowledgeable and friendly docent. But wish we'd had a little more non-docent time to linger on specific tribes that interested us. Then we found the room filled with a selection from their collection of 20,000 pottery pieces! Ancient, historical, modern, all represented. Amazing range. I especially liked... More 

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