Here is our list of Art Museums found around Tucson and Southern Arizona. The art on display in these museums are not for sale. The museums exist on donations, memberships and fees for admission. We will be publishing a list of some of the more prevalent Art Galleries, as well as galleries and exhibits in Parks and Gardens later in the month.
Today the Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block encompasses an entire city block in historic downtown, and features original and traveling exhibitions focusing on Art of Latin America, Art of the American West, Modern and Contemporary Art and Asian Art as well as tours, education programs, studio art classes, and a museum store.
The Historic Block includes the J. Knox Corbett House, the Fish House, the Stevens/Duffield House, and the Romero House.
The J. Knox Corbett House, an elegant two-story, stucco-covered brick structure built in the Mission Revival style, was completed in 1907. Its primary residents, the Corbett family, lived in the home for fifty-six years. J. Knox Corbett and his wife Lizzie Hughes Corbett built the house on Main Avenue, next to the Stevens House to be near to Hiram Stevens' widow, Petra.
The J. Knox Corbett House is only open on Sundays by prearranged tours.
Click Here to view our original video tour of the J. Knox Corbett House.
140 North Main Avenue,
Tucson, AZ 85701
Hours: Tuesday - Sunday 10 am - 5 pm
Admission: $7 - 10
The Tucson Desert Art Museum is a fine and fascinating museum and gallery with permanent collections of magnificent Romantic landscape paintings, Navajo and Hopi Textiles, the works of Howard Post and Maynard Dixon as well as changing exhibitions that are contemplative and of historic proportions. There is also a gallery of changing exhibits and sale items. It is a wonderful place to spend an afternoon.
7000 E Tanque Verde Rd., Tuscon, AZ 85715
Hours: Wed - Sun, 10am - 4pm
Closed July, August & all major Holidays.
Ted and his friends, the Yoeme, formerly known as the Yaqui, started this gallery as a chapel in the early 1950's. It developed into a 10-acre National Historic District designed and built by Ettore “Ted” DeGrazia. The museum was his house. It is quite interesting in its own right.
DeGrazia’s built a chapel to Our Lady of Guadalupe, following a tradition of building a chapel or shrine in thanks. Every year, the Gallery in the Sun celebrates with a day-long festival.
Near the mission is the original home DeGrazia built on the property and the first small gallery where he displayed his art. As his fame and finances grew, DeGrazia designed a larger gallery on the property where he could exhibit his steady stream of new originals.
Six permanent collections of paintings trace historical events and native cultures of the Southwest. Rotating exhibitions display some of the 15,000 DeGrazia originals housed at the gallery, including oils, watercolors, sketches, serigraphs, lithographs, sculptures, ceramics and jewelry. A consignment room displays DeGrazia originals available for purchase, while the gift shop offers a wide selection of reproductions.
6300 N Swan, Tucson, AZ 85718
Hours: 10 AM to 4 PM Daily
Admission: Free, Donations welcome
The University's Art Museum is not just art by students and faculty. It is a world-class museum showing art from as early as the 14th century through the 21st both European and American. Be prepared to spend several hours there.
1031 North Olive Road, Tucson, AZ 85721-0002
Hours: Tues - Fri 9 am - 4pm
Saturday, 9am - 5pm
Sunday, 12pm - 5pm
General Admission: $8
As the repository for the largest collection of Ansel Adam photographs as well as the newly acquired David Hume Kennerly archives.
1030 North Olive Road Tucson, AZ 85721
Hours: Sunday - Monday: closed
Tuesday - Friday: 9am - 4pm
Saturday: 10 am - 5pm
Closed all major holidays
Tubac Center of the Arts is a small, welcoming museum, offering juried art exhibitions and opportunities for local and national artists to exhibit their work.
The Tubac Center of the Arts is located at the main intersection in the village and offers a full range of workshops, lectures, a performing arts series, special events, and a children’s summer arts program.
9 Plaza Rd., Tubac
Hours: Monday thru Saturday: 10:00am - 4:30pm
Sunday: 12:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Closed June and July.
Founded in 1997 in an old firehouse, its mission is to give a permanent place and space for contemporary art in Tucson.
265 South Church Avenue, Tucson, AZ, 85701
Hours: Wednesday through Sunday, 12-5pm
The Last Sunday of each month is free.
The Amerind's Art Gallery, the Fulton-Hayden Memorial Art Gallery is housed in a separate building from the main building that contains the Indian artifacts. They have a small collection of eclectic works by renown and not so known artists, emphasizing art of the West and Southwest. There are also temporary exhibits that focus on Native Indian Art. As of this writing there are two exhibits featuring and Hopi and Yoeme artists.
2100 N Amerind Rd, Dragoon, AZ 85609
Hours: Tuesday through Sunday, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
We are absolutely sure there are other Art Museums in Southern Arizona worth noting and would appreciate your suggestions. Please send us a note about your art museum suggestion here. We will be following up with Science Museums, museums and exhibits in Parks and Gardens as well as Art Galleries, and museums made just for Kids.