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.
See our article on History Museums here.
We have several videos on the most prominent of these museums. Use the Arrows in the slideshow to scroll through these videos.
Scroll down to peruse our posts on the museums. There are several pages, just click on the page number at the bottom or an excerpt to view more information on the museum of interest.
Those of us who live in the vastness of the Sonoran Desert share this land with two sovereign nations: the Republic of Mexico and the Tohono O’odham Nation. The Tohono O’odham Nation is the second largest American Indian reservation in the United States: 4,344 square miles. The largest belongs to the Navajo: a whopping 27,000 square miles, including a large chunk of Northern Arizona, and smaller pieces of New Mexico and Utah. The Tohono O’odham … Continue reading
As the Covid-19 pandemic winds down, hopefully, so does the Wyeth Exhibit at the Tucson Museum of Art downtown. This past Saturday we ventured out as close to other strangers as we have in over a year to see the exhibit featuring 3 generations of Wyeths, the most famous of whom is Andrew Wyeth, and whose son is still painting today. This was actually the first time that I, Karen, visited TMA since the massive … Continue reading
The New Heritage and Visitors Center opened at about the same time that the multimillion-dollar renovation was completed on the Old Pima County Courthouse. This renovation included a massive renovation as well as the New Visitors’ Center Headquarters, the Chamber of Commerce (VisitTucson.org), and the Alfie Norville Mineral Museum. Shortly thereafter, the January 8th Memorial to the victims of the shooting on this day in 2011 was commemorated. On this day in Tucson, 6 people … Continue reading
Christmas week 2015 – Jim, Ms. Sue and I (Ms. Karen) headed out to Ft. Huachuca to visit their museums and cemetery, approximately 1.25 hours from Tucson.Continue reading
Watch this Video Presentation featuring The Franklin Automobile Museum, a fine classic car collection including representative examples of all Franklin automobiles. The H. H. Franklin Foundation is an educational museum of cars and displays.Continue reading
When Ms. Karen’s brother and sis-in-law came to visit us over Thanksgiving, we chose to visit the Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures on the Friday after. For those of you who have not been, The Museum of Miniatures is a magical place full of enchanting miniature houses, castles, and assorted spaces. We chose to go to see what Wee Winter Wonderland was all about. The event had just opened for the season. After paying … Continue reading
For those of you who are new to Tucson and have never been to the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, it is one of Tucson’s most treasured attractions. The Desert Museum was founded in 1952, and 2022 will be its 70th year. It is zoo, aquarium, terrarium, botanical garden, art museum, and more. In Mid-January 2022, our youngest two daughters, and two of our grandchildren visited us here in Tucson. We took them to the Desert Museum … Continue reading
Ms. Karen and I left our home in Tucson and headed north to Biosphere 2, a 3-acre laboratory of glass domes near Oracle that houses five different ecosystems and was designed as a prototype of a space colony in the early 90’s. Today, it is a tourist attraction and a research center, primarily to study the effects of climate change. The tour takes about an hour and a half including the 10 minute introductory film … Continue reading
On a Saturday in mid-November 2022, Ms. Karen and I ventured to Tubac Presidio for a Cast of Characters Tour. This tour runs Saturdays until the end of the year but sign up early. Billed as a docent-led tour of the historical characters from Tubac’s storied past, it was led by Connie who had been here for 20 years. We paid our $10 fees and Connie led us outside of the main building to take … Continue reading
It was a Sunday in mid-September when Ms. Karen and I left our home in the Tucson Mountains to travel to the Cochise Hotel to visit with the proprietor, Phil Gessert. We arrived at noon and Phil was sitting on the front porch waiting for us. The Cochise Hotel is the oldest hotel in Arizona and, I must say, it looks the part. It sits across the tracks from the active railroad midway between Benson … Continue reading