Children and Family Museums
Are you looking for museums that would be suitable for your children, which will be captivating, fun and educational? How about some of these? Some of these are good for children with a short attention span and some for the whole day. Many of these have special programs and events for children of all ages. Take a look!
This museum was created by founders, Patricia and Walter Arnell. When Pat was a young girl she was given her first miniatures, a set of dollhouse furniture. Years later, when she and Walter moved to Tucson in 1979, Pat began to collect miniatures seriously. As their collection grew, they looked for a way to share it with more people, and develop a place that would be enchanting, magical and provide a rich sensory experience.
The concept of “the mini time machine” came about from the idea that a visitor would be seemingly transported to different eras by the stories and history of the pieces in the collection. This wonderful place will thrill both children and adults. There are permanent and rotating exhibits throughout the year. Every Christmastime, they decorate for WeeWinter Wonderland. There are programs to read to children as well as ones to create their own miniatures. There are several different rooms offering different eras and themes. Several hours of fascination.
4455 E. Camp Lowell Drive
Tucson, AZ 85712
Hours: Tuesday–Sunday: 9am–4pm
Closed Mondays and major holidays
This museum showcases over 400 species of insects, mammals and birds from around the world. Dioramas show wild animals in their natural habitat. They have videos, interactive computers, and hands-on exhibits that promote appreciation of wildlife and the need for conservation.
4800 W Gates Pass Road
Tucson, AZ 85745
Hours: Monday - Friday: 9:00am to 5:00pm
Saturday - Sunday: 9:00am to 6:00pm
Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
Located in Downtown Tucson, this is the flagship location in the historic Carnegie Library. CMT has 17,000 sq. ft. of space, 11 indoor exhibits and party rooms. It also includes a beautiful outdoor courtyard with an additional three exhibits and lots of space for kids to play. The exhibits and programs are geared toward kids up to 10 years old. Once a month they open early for children with special needs.
200 S. Sixth Ave.
Tucson, AZ 85701
Hours: Tuesday – Friday: 9 am to 4 pm
Saturday & Sunday: 10 am to 5 pm
Closed: Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.
Children’s Museum Oro Valley
This auxiliary museum opened in 2015 in Oro Valley just north of Tucson . CMOV is specifically for kids up to 5 years old, with a goal of ensuring young visitors are school-ready. The smaller space is packed with great exhibits that give young visitors the opportunity to discover, imagine and play!
11015 N. Oracle Rd.
Hours: Tuesday – Friday: 9 am to 4 pm
Saturday & Sunday: 10 am to 4 pm
Closed: Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas Day
The Desert Museum is not your typical museum. It is a combination of a zoo, botanical garden, art gallery, mineral collection, and aquarium.
It is ranked on TripAdvisor.com as one of the Top 10 Museums in the country and the #1 Tucson attraction. Unlike most museums, about 85% of the experience is outdoors although there is plenty of opportunity to get out of the heat when needed! This museum includes: 21 acres with two miles of walking paths through various desert habitats, 242 animal species, plants from 1,200 botanical groups— 56,000 individual specimens, and one of the world's most comprehensive regional mineral collections.
2021 N. Kinney Rd., Tucson AZ 85743
365 days a year
Hours: Summer 7:30 am - 5:00 pm
Winter: 8:30am - 5pm
The Pima Air & Space Museum is one of the largest aviation and space museums in the world.
It includes over 350 historical aircraft ranging from a Wright Flyer to an Air Force One. It covers over 80 acres. Since its beginnings in 1976, the museum has grown considerably and today encompasses six indoor exhibit hangars, three, of which are dedicated to WWII including the 390th Memorial Museum, home of the Flying Fortress.
Docent-led walking tours and museum ground Tram Tours are offered daily. The museum is the exclusive operator of bus tours of the 2,600-acre “Aircraft Boneyard”, the U.S. military and government aircraft storage facility. 10-business day advanced reservations are required for the Boneyard Tour offered Monday-Friday, not including Federal Holidays.
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6000 E Valencia Rd, Tucson AZ 85756
Open 7 Days a Week
Hours: Daily, 9am to 5pm
Last admission is at 3 pm
Closed Thanksgiving & Christmas days.
What a perfect place to take older kids after they have graduated from the Children's Museum. Permanent and floating exhibits as well as a newly remodeled planetarium with a variety of great shows.
Hours: Monday-Thursday: 9am to 5pm
Friday: 9am to 10pm
Saturday: 10am to 10pm
Sunday: 12pm to 5pm
Closed Labor, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years Days.
The Tucson Museum of Art has Family Second Sundaze on the second Sunday in each month. Special events for children as well as free admission to residents of Arizona and Sonora, Mexico. Other Family events are held from time to time, including summer classes for children.
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