Tucson Desert Art Museum
Tucson Desert Art Museum
4.5
Art GalleriesSpeciality MuseumsArt Museums
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
The Museum educates its guests on the art and history of the Desert Southwest. Nowhere else will you see such a variety of contemporary and classic art, Native American textiles and southwestern artifacts. The Museum Store features authentic southwestern and Native American jewelry, pottery and gift items for purchase. The Four Corners Gallery carries jewelry from Native American artists, southwestern plein air artists and contemporary western works for purchase. Closed July and August. Four Corners Gallery in the Museum is open during the summer Thursday - Saturday 12 Noon - 4 PM
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • Cynthia M
    Minneapolis, Minnesota20 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth a visit.
    A beautiful small museum providing an excellent exhibit in Native American textiles as well as single women and art of the southwest. Today we also saw exhibit on the WWII Japanese internment camps and the Dust Bowl of the 1930s. Important exhibits to highlight these historic events. The staff at the museum are knowledgeable and very helpful. The facility is very nice with wide galleries that allow easy flow and room to move and read the excellent interpretive information. The museum has limited hours but we found it a perfect afternoon. Well worth the visit!
    Visited March 2023
    Written March 2, 2023
  • klk56
    25 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great museum!
    Such an interesting museum. There is information about the impact of a number historic single women in the US which was very interesting. The woven fabrics are lovely and interesting. Many gorgeous paintings throughout. I was especially interested in the Dorothea Lange photos of people during the Dust Bowl. Also the info about the Japanese internment camps. A lot to see and learn. Great museum.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 4, 2023
  • Rachele B
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Don't miss this gem of site-seeing attraction when visiting Tucson!
    This unique museum is an absolute MUST SEE if you're visiting Tucson. Very well done , friendly staff, and extremely educational. A wonderful way to highlight The Sonoran Desert and all its majesty!
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 15, 2023
  • Jake S
    Alexandria, Virginia244 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fine place to spend a hour or so.
    I accompanied a friend who is a textile artist because we wanted to see the Navaho weaving work. This is a nice, small museum in a suburban setting. Well-laid out galleries of Navaho weaving, scenes from the internment of Japanese-Americans during WW II, local artists, indigenous American jewelry. Nice to visit, but not a place I'd put on my "A List" of places to go in Tucson.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written October 7, 2023
  • friendofmitzi
    New Orleans, Louisiana304 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    So much to see
    We spent a morning here then went on to the national park visitor center which is about 15 minutes away. This is a lovely place to stroll and learn about the desert and its plants and animals. There were plenty of places to sit and the walking was very easy. Volunteers were positioned throughout to answer questions and explain what you were seeing.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 10, 2023
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natalia64
Guadalajara Metropolitan Area, Mexico303 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
We went to this museum specifically for The Red Dress exhibit, which I found disappointing. It needs more drama to emphasize the photographs with the statistics and purpose. The textiles in the museum are very interesting, but in general this museum needs help with museography, to make it up to par with museums in Santa Fe, New Mexico
Written February 5, 2020
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Damond B
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3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
My wife and I love good art museums, so we wanted to be sure to check this one out. While the building itself was beautiful and interesting, we felt the collection was definitely on the "B" list. In addition, they were setting up for an event that evening, so there was a large gathering of loud workers in the middle of one of the galleries, which made it almost impossible to concentrate on the exhibits. Such work should have been completed outside the (limited) public hours.
Written May 12, 2022
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Jake S
Alexandria, VA244 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
I accompanied a friend who is a textile artist because we wanted to see the Navaho weaving work. This is a nice, small museum in a suburban setting. Well-laid out galleries of Navaho weaving, scenes from the internment of Japanese-Americans during WW II, local artists, indigenous American jewelry. Nice to visit, but not a place I'd put on my "A List" of places to go in Tucson.
Written October 7, 2023
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Ed K
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021
I have been to several Southwestern museums and Washington's Museum of the American Indian. This museum, while small, is intensely rich in it offerings. Currently, there is a creative variety of offerings, and I learned more about Native American weavings in a half hour than I could have imagined. You may enjoy and learn more from some of the exhibits, but whichever you prefer, ALL are well-designed. The only sad downside: my wife and I had the museum to ourselves today.
Written April 10, 2021
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Rachele B
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
This unique museum is an absolute MUST SEE if you're visiting Tucson. Very well done , friendly staff, and extremely educational. A wonderful way to highlight The Sonoran Desert and all its majesty!
Written June 16, 2023
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klk56
Sioux Falls, SD25 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
Such an interesting museum. There is information about the impact of a number historic single women in the US which was very interesting. The woven fabrics are lovely and interesting. Many gorgeous paintings throughout. I was especially interested in the Dorothea Lange photos of people during the Dust Bowl. Also the info about the Japanese internment camps. A lot to see and learn. Great museum.
Written March 4, 2023
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friendofmitzi
New Orleans, LA304 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
We spent a morning here then went on to the national park visitor center which is about 15 minutes away. This is a lovely place to stroll and learn about the desert and its plants and animals. There were plenty of places to sit and the walking was very easy. Volunteers were positioned throughout to answer questions and explain what you were seeing.
Written December 10, 2023
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NYU62
Tucson, AZ18,123 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2018 • Couples
We find ourselves going more and more often to the Tucson Desert Art Museum, so today, decided that instead of paying each time to enter, we will become members, and can enter free for a year. It seems as if this Museum is really catching on (and rightly so), as every time we come, there are more and more people roaming the galleries.

This time, we especially wanted to see their exhibit of "Desert Hollywood", and we were not disappointed. The exhibit is not large, but so well put together, that it really holds your interest, especially, if you are a Western movie fan like my husband. We expected to spend an hour there, but we were at that exhibit for an hour and a half.

Afterwards, we toured all the other galleries again. We really like the way items are displayed, as one can appreciate each work of art, each rug, and each artifact individually. So lucky to have such a quality Museum close by.
Written January 26, 2018
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NYU62
Tucson, AZ18,123 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2017 • Couples
We are on this Museum's email list, and back in October, we were notified about the special exhibit of Japanese- American Incarceration in Arizona internment camps. I forwarded that email to our very good friends in San Francisco. They not only had seen the exhibit in California, but our friend Mits, was one of those photographed by Paul Kitagaki Jr.

Finally, we had a chance to get to that exhibit today (1/11) and were captivated by it. The information boards and the plaques are so interesting and easy to read. Sometimes, it's work just to read all that material, but here, the way it is all put together, it is easy to absorb, and there is no overload. Very tastefully done. This is troubling history elegantly presented. The photography is exceptional.

We walked and we read, and then turned a corner, and there was Mits. They do not allow photography there, but had to sneak one in of our friend. He was happy to receive it, and to know that we had appreciated the exhibit as much as he did.

We had been to the Museum previously, so did not wander around too much, staying mainly in the Special Exhibit area. When we left, we could not believe that we had been there over two hours.

This really very worthwhile exhibit ends April 30th.
Written January 11, 2017
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Thank you for your review! We are so glad you enjoyed this very important exhibition! We are always glad when people spend so much time with us.
Written October 26, 2017
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NYU62
Tucson, AZ18,123 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2015 • Couples
I can see this Museum being in Santa Fe or Phoenix, but here in Tucson? WOW!!!!! This is world class art!!!

On a very hot, 107 degree day (8/5), we decided to go and visit. So comfortably cool inside. We expected to be there for about one hour, and we were there for almost three. From the outside, we never envisioned how big it is. Everything is very attractively displayed, and there are many rooms holding many treasures. The Navajo textiles of 100 years ago are absolutely fascinating. What beautiful patterns ! They are nicely spaced on the walls, so that standing back, you get an overall picture, but standing closer, you can admire them individually.

Besides the textiles, there are many paintings and photographs. All by renowned artists. There is even an Albert Bierstandt, and a painting ("The Prisoners" 1916) by Maynard Dixon, which used to be on display at the Denver Art Museum. These are among many, which are not to be missed.

There is also exhibit space for special exhibitions. Right now, that one is titled "Snap!". Examples of vintage advertising spanning 50 years fill several rooms. There is a video one can watch, but we will have to come back for it, as it is one hour long, and we did not have the time today. However, some people were watching it, and from what we glimpsed, we knew it was something we wanted to see. In with the advertising, there are also some Andy Warhol art works. This exhibit is divided by decades, and the one we found most interesting to us was the 1950-1960 period. "Snap!" runs until October 31, 2015, and I know we will return to see it once more before it leaves.

No photography is permitted in the Main Galleries. Only in the entrance foyer area, and in the changing exhibit rooms. That was disappointing, as I love clicking my iPad away. The staff is very friendly and knowledgeable, the setting is beautiful, there is a small Gift Shop, and the bathrooms (near the temporary exhibits) are spotless. Senior admission is $8.00. If you like Southwestern art, this Tucson attraction should be at the top of your list.
Written August 5, 2015
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