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“Tucson-grown and Tucson-based”

Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block
Ranked #32 of 311 things to do in Tucson
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Lockers / storage, Wheelchair access, Stairs / elevator, Activities for young children, Activities for older children, Food available for purchase, Stroller parking
Reviewed February 15, 2013

What's fun about the Tucson Museum of Art is that while it brings in a variety of mostly popular artists (Warhol, Kahlo to mention a couple of recent exhibits), it also spotlights local artists along with ancient Mayan and Chinese art. What a stretch! Don't miss the gift shop and if possible, time your visit to coincide with a special event such as family day - kids exploring art a la the artist of the current main exhibit, or a patio full of local folk showing their wares. Across the street is Old Town Artisans, a collection of shops ranging from mediocre to pretty nice, spread throughout a block of original adobe rowhouses and surrounding a great little cafe in the central placita.

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"permanent collection"
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"corbett house"
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"pre columbian"
in 5 reviews
"nativity scene"
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"current exhibit"
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"changing exhibits"
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"transportation exhibit"
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"main galleries"
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"special exhibits are"
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"display space"
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"great sculptures"
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"andy warhol"
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"nice contrast"
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"interesting variety"
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"an excellent gift shop"
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"interesting exhibits"
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"unique items"
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Reviewed January 25, 2013

I've gotten back from the opening celebration for this new exhibit, and it is way more than I could have dreamed of. Beautiful, fun, unexpected works that will knock your socks off. One whole wall is covered with oils of birds; another uses delicate vintage frames to display the most unique likenesses of the animal kingdom I've ever seen. One section is all about the minute insects, including miniature oils on copper, with magnifiers, just like looking at field specimen. Grass is portrayed in ways that make me hesitant to toss out those weeds in the yard...there is amazing art among those strands and leaves. Children will love it, and much is at their eye level, but so will photographers, geologists, birders, and just anyone who loves the wonder that an artistic spirit draws from nature. First Sundays are free, and there are usually family oriented activities taking place, as well as docent tours. This exhibit is unique and not to be missed.

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Reviewed January 17, 2013

If you are used to big city collections, this one will disappoint. But it is a lovely small museum with some good Southwestern art. It includes a couple of historic homes. We took the docent-led tour of the arts & crafts house and it was very interesting. There is free parking behind the museum. It's a bit tricky to find so bring a map. The Pima County Courthouse is a lovely building nearby (walkable from musuem) and there is a great gift shop (Arizona crafts) nearby. It's just behind the museum in one of the historic buildings. Worth a visit.

1  Thank RobTor
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Reviewed December 16, 2012

The first Sunday of the month is a great day to go because it is FREE. Take the family and go. Watch the newspaper for new exhibits and go, appreciate and learn.

Thank Knute48
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Reviewed December 2, 2012

exhibits change periodically so check before you go to see what's up they have outdoor exhibits with food vendors once in awhile check their calendar for specials

Thank jesse1128
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