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Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block
Ranked #28 of 282 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: Activities for older children, Stroller parking, Activities for young children, Stairs / elevator, Lockers / storage, Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access, Food available for purchase
Southwest Desert
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36 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed August 22, 2013

This is the ONLY, and I mean ONLY after doing some research, art museum that I can find that forbids ALL photography. When I asked why, the staff says we're right and the rest of the world is wrong. For example, the Phoenix Museum of art, "encourages" photography with a collection that is roughly similar. You would think the Art of the American West would be a highlight of a Tucson museum, it isn't. Small collection indifferently displayed. Or you might think a small out of the way museum without a significant permanent collection would specialize in traveling exhibits, nope, wrong again. The only aspect of the place I can recommend is the cafe.

Visited May 2013
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Tucson, Arizona
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68 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“"Just Right"”
Reviewed July 14, 2013

I recently visited the Tucson Museum of Art and thought this place is "just right". It is easily accessible from I 10, downtown Tucson (even with construction). Parking is plenty and easy to find. The works of art are of such a variety you will be suitably impressed. The museum size is "just right"; not too overwhelming and easy to find your way around. Need lunch or early dinner, try the restaurant. They have a lovely gift shop where you can find a good fare from local artists, such as wall art, books, jewelry, kitsch, toys, home décor, etc. I stocked up on several "birthday gifts".

End your tour with a visit to the restaurant. There is indoor or patio seating. The food is not only a "work of art", it is plentiful and tastes good too. You will not go home hungry.

Visited May 2013
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454 reviews
142 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 223 helpful votes
“Good spread of art through the ages”
Reviewed July 5, 2013

Well thought out and with lots of interesting art, we think this museum is well worth a visit. Part of the collection is in a set of old houses knocked through and the main is in a modern building, both are worth your time.

TIP: the visitors center had a flyer with 2for1 entry, saving $10.

Visited July 2013
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“new galleries”
Reviewed July 2, 2013

Great new galleries upstairs- based on Mayan, aztec and inca .
Was told more will be installed outside top floor.
An interesting video on the inca rebellion was shown on loop but only one small bench for seating.
Downstairs was an interesting display on China.
Good little shop.

Visited June 2013
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Coconut Creek, Florida
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350 reviews
284 attraction reviews
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“Enjoyable Western Art”
Reviewed June 19, 2013

Today,I visited the Tucson Museum of Art.Although limited in scope,i enjoyed its 20th Century Western Art very much.I saw splendid paintings with American Western themes by Olaf Weighorst,Joseph Sharp,Oscar Berninghaus("Trail Through Snow"),Maynard Dixon,Clark Hulings("Grand Canyon"-my favorite one),and Howard Post("Bullpen").i also appreciated their fine Contemporary Works by Luis Jiminez("Electric Horse"),Gregory Crewdson,and Nevan Lehart.I appreciated their temporarary Han Chinese Exhibit featuring Eastern and Western Han fine ceramic works from ancient times.I spent about three and a half hours carefully studying this art museum's works of art.

Visited June 2013
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