Tucson and the outlying Southern Arizona area have plenty of museums to keep you cool on a hot afternoon. We have written reviews, stories and events on several of them below. Many are of interest to kids. You may access these features from the Table of Contents below or scroll down to browse the excerpts.
We have several videos on the most prominent of these museums. Use the Arrows to scroll through these videos.

Tucson Museum of Art

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AHS Fort Lowell Museum

The Fort Lowell Museum is located in the reconstructed Commanding Officer’s quarters of Old Fort Lowell, originally established in 1873. The museum features exhibits about military life on the Arizona frontier with particular emphasis on the Apache Wars.

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AHS Tucson History Museum

The Arizona Historical Society’s Tucson History Museum is about life in early Tucson. This is a small but very worthwhile museum if you want to understand the history and cultural heritage of Tucson.

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Amerind Foundation & Museum

Amerind Museum

The Amerind Museum is an internationally acclaimed Museum and research facility located between Benson and Willcox. The museum boasts an impressive collection of Native American artifacts as well as paintings by western artists. Nestled in Texas Canyon, the old Spanish Revival Museum is home to one of the world’s finest collections of Indian artifacts. Founded by archaeologist William Shirley Fulton in 1937, the Amerind was named such in a concatenation of the words, American and … Continue reading

Apache May: An Indian Girl On The Slaughter Ranch

This is the dress and vest Apache May wore when Sheriff John Slaughter discovered her.

“Texas” John Slaughter was the sheriff who cleaned up Cochise County after the Earp Brothers and Doc Holliday left Arizona. He was as tough as they come and, among the outlaw class, earned the moniker “that wicked little gringo”. As despised and feared as he was by the outlaws, he was highly respected and much appreciated by the law-abiding ranchers, merchants, and miners. In 1896, ten years after Geronimo’s final surrender, some disgruntled Apaches left … Continue reading

Arizona State Museum


The Arizona State Museum celebrates the cultures of the Southwest. Native American blankets, baskets, and pottery. One of the finest collections of gems and minerals anywhere. While located just inside the University of Arizona campus just inside Main Gate, it is not part of the University but a State Museum. Visit the website at: Arizona State Museum Website 1013 E. University Blvd. To learn about more worthwhile museums in Tucson, whether art, history, science, or … Continue reading

Autumn Fest 2014 To Celebrate Apache Culture

Apache Brothers

AMERIND AUTUMN FEST 2014 CELEBRATES APACHE CULTURE The Amerind Museum is one of Southern Arizona Guide’s favorite attractions. It is located in beautiful Texas Canyon and will hold its Annual Autumn Fest October 18, 2014. The day-long event will celebrate the culture of the Apache Native people with food, family games, artists, singing and dancing. One noted performance is the internationally renowned “Yellow Bird Dancers” of the Arikara, Hidatsa and Apache tribes. They will perform … Continue reading

Bird Cage Theater – Tombstone

Bill Hunley is the manager of the Bird Cage Theater, Tombstone’s most notorious saloon, gambling hall, and house of ill-repute. It’s been in his family since the 1930’s. The Bird Cage is now a museum, but what an extraordinary museum it is. Watch the video to get a glimpse.

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Bisbee Mining & Historical Museum

Bisbee Historical Museum

Copper, lots of copper, once made Bisbee the biggest, most prosperous city between St. Louis and San Francisco. The Director of the Bisbee Mining and Historical Museum, a long-time resident, shares her sense of this grand city of the Old West. Visiting Bisbee is like going back in time more than a hundred years.

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Center for Creative Photography

The Center for Creative Photography houses an extensive collection of North America’s most legendary photographers, including Ansel Adams and Edward Weston. Periodically, it also exhibits some of the most important photographers of the recent past. If you love photography, this place is a must-visit. CCP is not easy to find, so pay attention to the map below. Paid parking is available in the parking garage on the NE corner of Speedway and Park. Walk east … Continue reading

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