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.
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.
This video courtesy of Mike Foster, San Pedro River Videos, presents photographs from the Library of Congress of the native peoples of Southwestern Arizona. Many of these photographs are from the extensive works of Edward S. Curtis, some of whose photogravures are currently on display at the Arizona State Museum exhibit through 2015. Mike Foster, San Pedro River Videos, is an ardent supporter of the Friends of the San Pedro River which serves to educate … Continue reading
The International Wildlife Museum located west of downtown Tucson on Gates Pass Road is definitely on our list of recommended “Things To Do With Kids In Tucson”. Particularly on a hot summer day. The International Wildlife Museum, IWM, is focused on conservation, discovery and education. They offer events to kids of all ages, learn archery, fishing, pellet rifles and more. And if you have a Book of Fun, you can get a “two for one” … Continue reading
This is Part One, of three videos surrounding the Mission Tumacacori National Historical Park. Anita, The Park Ranger introduces the community around Mission Tumacacori, founded in 1691 by Father Francisco Kino.Continue reading
Do This: Take flight over the iconic landmarks of the Southwest and meet artist Arturo Chavez at the opening reception, February 20, 2015, 5-8pm. 02/19/2015 – These are the large-scale paintings of master American landscape artist Arturo Chavez on exhibit from February 20 – March 29, 2015 at Tucson Desert Art Museum’s Four Corners Gallery. Like all great landscape artists, Chavez goes beyond photo-realism to capture the essence of light, space, and spirit. Experience the … Continue reading
Ms. Karen & I visited The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures one Sunday in January (2015) to view their newest exhibit: Diamonds Are Forever: The Incredible Journeys of World-Famous Diamonds & the People Who Owned Them. This history of diamonds exhibit is open now through April 19, 2015 and is included in the general admission price. The historical figures featured in this exhibit include Catherine the Great, Louis XIV, Louis XV, Napoleon, and the … Continue reading
The Museum of the Horse Soldier is a small, but remarkable museum about one very important aspect of American military history.Continue reading
Neighbor Roy & I attended an artists’ reception at the Tucson Museum of Art recently. Here are two items I would like to share with you. First, the current exhibits, taken as a whole, may be the finest our Art Museum has ever offered. These are on display through June of 2016. Secondly, if you go, and if you are not steeped in art history, take a guided tour of the exhibits. You will get … Continue reading
Last Sunday, April 12, 2015, was a very good day for a walking tour of historic Downtown Tucson. The weather was overcast and cool. The 20-some folks on this, our History & Libation Tour, were delightful; all eager to learn more about the Old Pueblo’s illustrious heritage. As tour guide, I was having a good time sharing what I know about Tucson in the 1870’s and 80’s. We were in search of George Hand’s Tucson. … Continue reading
It had been many years since we visited Pima Air and Space Museum. When we first moved to Tucson more than 10 years ago, we took our young grandchildren there and had not been back since, except briefly to create one of our 50 original videos when we first started the Guide two years ago. See our Pima Air Museum video here. However, my father was visiting for the Thanksgiving holiday and Ms. Karen & … Continue reading
The Raptor Free Flight Program at our Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is the most extraordinary bird of prey exhibition in the United States! The new season begins Saturday October 15, 2016 and continues through April 2, 2017. Shows are daily at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. November and December are great times to go! Why Southern Arizona Guide Recommends Raptor Free Flight So Highly The birds fly so close you can feel the brush of feathers … Continue reading