Tucson Desert Art Museum

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Tucson Desert Art Museum
4.5
Art Galleries • Speciality Museums • Art Museums
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 12:00 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. Fall 2020 Hours are Wed- Fri 10 AM to 2 PM. Sat 9 to 12 Noon. Closed July and August.
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Ed K
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A Unknown Gem!
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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An0nyMs
Tucson, Arizona1,012 contributions
Well worth the entrance fee, but many photos not allowed
Feb 2021
This is a wonderful museum: large enough to have a big variety of works, and a reasonable entrance price. I didn't just enjoy the art, I learned quite a bit -- including how a weaver can include things like a feather or a bit of pollen while weaving. (See photo.)

But I was disappointed that they don't allow photos of anything other than textiles and weaving. Most museums have changed that no-photography policy. I like to take photos, then spend time at home looking in detail at my favorites. That's why I gave this place four stars.
Written February 24, 2021
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Gerry M
Toronto, Canada93 contributions
Indigenous art
Feb 2020 • Couples
Interesting displays of local weaving. They also have special displays that are also interesting. We spent about 90 minutes there. Worth the time.
Written February 19, 2020
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We are so happy that you enjoyed your visit to our Museum. Hope to see you again in the future!
Written February 29, 2020
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natalia64
guadalajara261 contributions
Interesting textiles
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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David C
Oro Valley, Arizona, United States31 contributions
Different view of the southwest and its deserts
Feb 2019
A wonderful collection of fabrics, paintings, maps. Explanation of different types of weaving rugs. Changing exhibits of important parts of the southwest. When I was there last had exhibit of films and cartoons relating to desert. Original Road Runner cartoons.
Written January 17, 2020
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Thank you, David for your kind remarks. We are always excited to have new exhibitions along with our permanent collection. They keep our museum visits fresh! Hope to see you again soon.
Written February 29, 2020
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The Infinity G
Eugene, OR64 contributions
Gem in Tucson
Jan 2020 • Friends
Yes...there is a wonderful gallery and, yes this museum is an eclectic collection of native art, movie memorabilia and Arizona History. Yet this is the only place in the area is find a mix of art and history so that a visitor takes away an overview of Arizona and the Southwest, especially a glimpse of native life. Purists will find this museum and gallery a disappointment. However, the diversity of his collection will be of interest to many.
Written January 17, 2020
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Thank you for your kind comments. Our vision is to present the history of the peoples of the area through art, and are glad that you enjoyed this presentation. Opened in February, Buffalo Soldiers:The 10th Cavalry Regiment Told Through the Art of David Laughlin paints a picture of daily life for African American soldiers serving in the post-Civil War American West. We hope you can come back to visit us again soon!
Written February 29, 2020
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enakward
Tucson, AZ5 contributions
Little choice
Jun 2019
This is strictly a convenience for customers of the museum. It is a great place to escape the heat of the day during a longish museum visit.
Written January 15, 2020
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ReadRibbet
533 contributions
Hidden Gem -- Collection of Displayed Navajo Weavings Worth the Visit
Nov 2019
Looking for something to do on a rainy afternoon, we decided to make our first visit to the Desert Art Museum. We were pleasantly surprised by the collections on display. The museum is easily accessible from Tanque Verde Drive and has plenty of free parking. Reasonable admission fees ($8 for seniors). On a week day afternoon, we had the museum virtually to ourselves. There were multiple exhibitions while we visited but the display of Native weavings -- especially Navajo blankets was most impressive. We self-guided our tour using the thorough notes by each display. It was a very educational exhibit for the novice in this area of artistic expression. The other displays were smaller exhibits including diverse themes like American landscape artists, photographic border landscapes, culturally controversial historic advertising art, Western landscapes featured in films - at least three had video components. We took a couple hours to take in the exhibits. You were allowed to take photos. There is a gift shop (fairly pricey items) and a nearby gallery with works for purchase in the same complex. We left amazed at what we had experienced and immediately started thinking about other guests who would enjoy the museum.
Written November 21, 2019
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Our Six Yr Old Granddaughter's First Visit
Jul 2019
Our granddaughter enjoyed seeing all the animals and learning about the soil, plant life, reptiles and more.
Written August 6, 2019
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rdsm77
Tucson, AZ284 contributions
Great exhibit on native rugs
Jun 2019 • Solo
Highly recommend to anyone interested in learning about Native American rugs. The displays have detailed information about each one and it was interesting to learn about Spider Woman and the necessity for the Navajo to not have the rugs be perfect. Heartbreaking info on the treatment of the natives as well. Also had a display of interesting old maps if you're into that sort of thing. Probably not for everyone especially if you don't like to read. Kids would likely be incredibly bored. Lots of neat items and jewelry in the gift shop.
Written June 8, 2019
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Tucson Desert Art Museum is open:
  • Wed - Fri 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Sat - Sat 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM