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Arizona Historical Society -- Arizona History Museum

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Address: 949 E 2nd St, Tucson, AZ 85719-4840
Phone Number: +1 520-628-5774
9:00 am - 8:00 pm
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Mon - Thu 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Fri 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Sat 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

The Arizona History Museum's focus is southern Arizona history from Spanish...

The Arizona History Museum's focus is southern Arizona history from Spanish colonial through territorial eras. Exhibit topics include mining and transportation. The Arizona's Treasures exhibit features Geronimo's rifle, 18th-century Spanish silver artifacts, and hands-on exhibits for children.

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Small and well designed

If you have an interest in learning about the early settlers of the Tucson area, you should stop by and see the exhibits here.

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 15, 2016
Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2016 via mobile

This museum gives a great overview of the history of AZ and also gives a bit of local history. The current special feature concerning Poncho Villa was very interesting and we learned quite a bit about him that we did not know. Give this at least a couple of hours to do it justice. Make sure to get your parking... More 

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

You would be amazed at everything housed in this museum. You will get a real education on the past history of Tucson and what it was like to live here in those times. Very interesting and information . . . an education for young and old.

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

If you have an interest in learning about the early settlers of the Tucson area, you should stop by and see the exhibits here.

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Fergus Falls, Minnesota
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2016

The museum has a few shortcomings. Many artifacts are not identified and interpreted, leaving the viewer wondering exactly what they are and where they came from. They had a very good exhibit on Geronimo and one on Poncho Villa.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2016

We took our coupon book, they made parking available for our visit to AZ. Historical Museum in Tucson and we really enjoyed our morning. It was amazing for a little museum, mining was certain explained so clearly and the building was so well organized, so interesting and this is one tour everyone should take............We were impressed and it is close... More 

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Escondido, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2016

We took the light rail from downtown ( a great and cheap way to tour downtown) to the AZ campus. Venue is located in the area nd was a fun way to spend an hour or two. Really great exhibits that tell the story of early Tuscon.

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Prescott Valley, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2016

We visited this museum as well as the Center for Creative Photography and the AZ State Museum, along with a stop for lunch, all in one day. Most of the information is particular to the Tucson area. If you have children, the hands on exhibits on the second floor look like they would be a lot of fun. The best... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2016

Very good native American, Spanish, and frontier exhibits on the historical origins of Tucson. The mining machinery exhibit , and life in the Tucson of the 1870's are particularly interesting. It is a good explanation of how we got where we are. Check the website for special events. There is free parking in an adjacent covered parking structure. The Arizona... More 

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

As you walk through the museum, it is well organized with info about mining, Geronimo, Apaches, autos and stagecoaches, etc ...as all historical museums.....along with a couple of interactive places and upstairs a hands-on area....that is not just for children. So much information! This place is huge and 90% of what they have is in the basement, only available to... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2016 via mobile

A couple of highlights were Wyatt Earp's colt, Native American pre-history exhibits describing the Tucson area's continuous occupation for the past 4000 years and Arizona's mining past. University of Arizona students have free admission on Friday evenings.

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AZHistoricalSociety, Manager at Arizona Historical Society -- Arizona History Museum, responded to this review

Hello! Thank you for taking the time to visit our museum and write a review! We're glad you enjoyed your visit and the artifacts we have on display. Thank you for mentioning the Free Fridays in February program we have for our UA and Pima students! Every Friday in February, UA and Pima students receive free admission to the museum... More 

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