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Arizona State Museum

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Address: 1013 East University Blvd, University of Arizona campus, Tucson, AZ 85721
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Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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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If You Appreciate Museums - You Will Like This One

This museum is somewhat no thrills - and as many here note- it has a large collection of Native American artwork- but there is more to it than that. If needing a hour or so out of... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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51 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This museum is somewhat no thrills - and as many here note- it has a large collection of Native American artwork- but there is more to it than that. If needing a hour or so out of the Tucson heat or on that rare rainy day - don't be shy as to visiting this place. Admittedly there is nothing here... More 

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Perrysburg, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This museum is located on the grounds of U of Arizona; we visited the day of Christmas Eve, so it was not crowded. Parking was nearby for us on the street, and was free because it was saturday; no idea of the parking situation when classes are in session--probably difficult, like every other area around a large college campus. This... More 

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Chehalis, Washington
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 28, 2016

Should be called the Arizona State Native American Tribe & Pottery Museum. Not what we expected. I wouldn't waste my time unless you are REALLY interested in the subject. And almost no parking. The small surrounding towns like Tubac or Apache Junction will give you just as much info and are a lot more fun.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 28, 2016

This is an amazing gem which is overlooked in many guide books. This museum holds a first class collection of Native American pottery, woven items, and exhibits explaining the first nations that lived in the southwest. The museum equals any collection other collection of Native American artifacts that you may have seen in other museums. This is a must stop... More 

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Millbrook, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 8, 2016

The pot room was worth the visit itself. We spent probably 90 minutes in that room alone... The remainder of the museum was good, above average.

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3 of 5 bubbles 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 bubbles 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 bubbles 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 bubbles 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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4 of 5 bubbles 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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