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Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block

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Neighborhood: El Presidio
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Address: 140 N Main Street, Tucson, AZ 85701
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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Excellent Western Collection

Tucson Museum of Art, located in the old historic district in downtown Tucson, is a fine place to view excellent art of the west and southwest. There is a good collection of... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Denver, Colorado
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45 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The historic block house we wished to see, the Corbett House, was not even open the afternoon we visited the museum. The docent sarcastically suggested that we "peek through the windows", hardly appropriate when they bill themselves as having a "historic block" of homes. If you are interested in the houses, don't pay your admission until you find out if... More 

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Omaha, Nebraska
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144 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Tucson Museum of Art, located in the old historic district in downtown Tucson, is a fine place to view excellent art of the west and southwest. There is a good collection of paintings, and interesting western sculptures. There are also traveling and temporary exhibits, such as the one we saw featuring artwork from the covers of western dime novels of... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 257 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have been to a lot of museums all over the country and I'm happy that we have this art museum in Tucson. It's not as large or prestigious as some, but it has a nice permanent collection and also brings in traveling exhibits of note from time to time. The exhibits vary in focus and change every few months,... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I went there today by myself with no preparation of what I am going to see there, the guide is kind enough to tell me the directions, I first to the nativity scene on the left wing of the building, it is the largest nativity scene I have seen with high complexity and craftmanship. The cowboy culture gallary gives me... More 

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Tucson Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Okay, it's not the Metropolitan in New York, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, or The Chicago Art Institute. But, it holds a very special place for us. Actually, when we moved here (from San Francisco) and became members, we were somewhat surprised that Tucson had a Museum of this caliber. There is a permanent collection, and changing exhibits which provide... More 

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New Castle, Delaware
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Museum has both art and historical sections. Special exhibit of depiction of cowboys was very well-done. Historic houses used for some galleries in addition to modern building.

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Chicago, Illinois
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you're into westerns and all of the paraphernalia that comes with them this is your place to be. It's all over the place. It's displayed very nicely throughout the museum. There are three other displays. One is a massive, gaudy altar/nativity scene. Another is a couple of Day of the Dead scenes, a band and an 'ofrenda.' (Personally, it... More 

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Highlands Ranch, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We really loved the old homes that have been lovingly maintained, and give you a real feel for what Tucson was like when it was founded, and as it grew. Be sure to take a tour because you will miss a lot of info if you don't. We particularly liked the way the art was displayed in some of the... More 

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Olympia, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

While not huge or overwhelmingly loaded with famous works of art, there are wonderful showings and knowledgeable docents that offer lectures from time to time. The museum is just the right size and easy to get through. It doesn't take all day and is not exhausting. It is a pleasant way to spend a morning or am afternoon. It has... More 

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Bloomfield, Connecticut
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016

If you start at La Placita and the Visitor's Center, pick up a map and follow the blue line. You'll get to see the old Couthouse, the sculpture garden, the Presidio and the historic homes past the museum and the Fox Theater. Great old architecture, nice restorations of old homes and having the old Presidio tucked away among currently inhabited... More 

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