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Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block

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Address: 140 N Main Ave, Tucson, AZ 85701-8218
Phone Number: +1 520-624-2333
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tue - Wed 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thu 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Fri - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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The Tucson Museum of Art was founded 1924. It is Southern Arizona's premier...

The Tucson Museum of Art was founded 1924. It is Southern Arizona's premier presenter of fine art and art education programs. The Museum features permanent and traveling exhibitions of Modern and Contemporary, Native American, American West, Latin American, and Asian art. The main Museum, a contemporary architectural gem, has nearly 20,000 square feet of exhibition space. The Museum's Historic Block of 19th and 20th C. adobe and Mission Revival-style buildings, encompassing an entire four-acre city block, includes the John K. Goodman Pavilion of Western Art, displaying the Museum's notable art of the American West collection, the national award-winning Museum restaurant Café a la C'Art, and additional exhibition spaces.

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Lovely Space in the Dowtown Area

Stopped in on a hot day to enjoy some local culture. The collection is not extensive (some of the exhibits were transitioning), but the space is lovely and the Historic Block... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
David C
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Whistler, Canada
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Whistler, Canada
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69 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Stopped in on a hot day to enjoy some local culture. The collection is not extensive (some of the exhibits were transitioning), but the space is lovely and the Historic Block tour (30 mins) was interesting and unique. We finished by stopping in to the onsite Cafe for lunch which was a yummy way to end the visit.

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Tucson, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

More than just an art museum. I have been there many times and should have written a review sooner. Not only do they have (appropriately!) a lovely Western art collection, permanent Latin American exhibit, and unique rotating exhibits, but the museum is located in the "Historic Block" with excellent examples of Sonoran buildings and architecture. The Western art is located... More 

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Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2016

We brought our coupon book, so that was a saving and although only 1/2 of the buildng was open....it was really a good experience for all of us. The paintings and sculputures were wonderful. The tour guides were excellent and a very nice gift shop too. We ate at the llittle Cafe al a cart..........so it was a lovely day... More 

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Thank you so much for taking the time to share your experience for other travelers! More 

Melbourne, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 225 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2016

Thought we would beat the heat so went to the Tucson Museum of Art. The collections were extensive, ranging from primitive to modern, oils to textiles, glass to bronze. It has over 8,000 objects and sits on 4 acres in downtown Tucson. Definitely planning to go back the next time we are in the area.

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Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

The Tucson Museum of Art contains a very nice permanent collection and it has excellent rotating exhibits. There's a great collection of traditional Southwestern and native American arts and crafts. The museum grounds are very pleasant and several times a year they have excellent juried craft fairs all around the museum.

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TUCSON
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2016

Any time I visit, I am pleased with the showings. The Oriental Room is, by far, an exquisite room to enter and sets you back in time. There is a very nice gift shop and outside is a nice garden patio, serving light fare and excellent coffee. Nearby are other art shops to walk through.

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akron oh
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2016

I love museums and visit them often all over the world. Museums about keys, coins, animals, cars, planes, history, spy stuff....you name it, I've been to hundreds of them. My favorite, though, is the art museum and I never miss one while traveling to an area. I wouldn't describe this as an art museum. It sort of reminded me of... More 

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Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2016

Large enough to have lots of display space, small enough to not get completely confused at the end of the visit.

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Tucson, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2016

Rotating special displays mean there is always something new to see! Artisan Markets twice a year give you a chance to see creations from local artists - paintings, sculpture, foods, clothing, art is many forms

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Greenville, South Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2016

We happened to visit the Museum during their Spring Art Show and it was most impressive. Artists' tents were set up all over the multi-level grounds, music was playing and the on-premised cafe had fabulous snacks and pastries. Good time of year since the weather was sunny with mild temps. I can imagine that Summer would be too hot to... More 

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