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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
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

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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Special exhibitions and permanent works

They lean a tad heavily toward the art of the old west in the permanent exhibit. Nonetheless, they offer wonderful traveling exhibits--contemporary artists of Europe, political... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
Clinton, Washington
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Clinton, Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

They lean a tad heavily toward the art of the old west in the permanent exhibit. Nonetheless, they offer wonderful traveling exhibits--contemporary artists of Europe, political themes, photography, 3-D works. It's definitely worth a 1-hour tour.

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Woodstock, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very enjoyable, well designed museum. Enjoyed the special and permanent collections. Was glad to have taken a guided tour where explanations were provided. Do not miss the huge craft market a block away.

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Chico, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2016

I went with my sister in law, who's a wonderful artist, so we both appreciated everything inside. Hard to keep with the tour, each of us had our favorites. Next year, will definitely go back and not with a tour. Just meander.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 27, 2016 via mobile

The new westward exhibit was interesting, especially since many of the pieces were quite recent. I enjoyed the Henry Balink exhibit as well as the western art building. I was less enthused about the poetic minimalism, perhaps a bit too avant garde for my taste, and quite a contrast with most of the other exhibits.

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Sacramento, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 15, 2016 via mobile

We spent a couple of hours here and enjoyed the exhibits, particularly the Minimalist exhibit. Some great art pieces and some very well known artists. The docents are friendly, knowledgable and helpful. The gift store has some unique items and is fun to explore. Highly recommend a visit!

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Sutton Coldfield
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 10, 2016

We enjoyed seeing inside an old house filled with period furniture more in some ways than the art in the main building. Also we had a good lunch at the Cafe a la C'art.

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 16, 2016

I have stayed in this area of Tucson for a few years now and have never go around to visiting, this time I did and I was amazed at the wonderful collections this museum, it has so much wonderful art and very helpful staff as well as an excellent gift shop and restaurant I planned on going for a couple... More 

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Tucson Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2016

Had not been to our Museum of Art for about 5 months now, but had received the information about upcoming exhibits, and they seemed very interesting, so off we went. What an interesting variety right now ! In fact, we spent over two hours in that one building, and never had time to visit the permanent exhibits in the other... More 

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Whistler, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 7, 2016

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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2016

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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