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 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.
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.Continue reading
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
“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
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
Art Museums 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. Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block Today the Tucson Museum … Continue reading
Ms. Karen and I were at the Tucson Presidio Museum in early March 2022 on a Saturday to witness Living History Days that included a presentation by Atanacia Santa Cruz Hughes, the wife of Sam Hughes (1850 to 1934). The Presidio presents Living HIstory Days once a month October – April. This Saturday you can see Living History Days. This month the presidio will present “The People Who Made Tucson” with a focus and presentations … Continue reading
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
Kelly Wiehe, Director of Communications and External Affairs for the Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block, recently gave me a tour of the Museum to show me their plans to expand and enhance the Museum’s exhibit space. The remodeling is scheduled to take place July 9 – October 20, 2017, and the main galleries will be closed during construction. The rest of the TMA campus, including the historic properties, will be free admission during … Continue reading
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.Continue reading
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.Continue reading