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.
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
Above is the route Ms. Karen & I took on a three-day weekend to Southeastern Arizona. This is a wonderful place for children and adults. Tons of hiking, picnicking, camping, fishing, bird and critter watching. And lots of Native American and Pioneer history.Continue reading
This is a continuation of my post about our April 2012 tour of Southeast Arizona. On day-one, we visited the ghost towns of Pearce, Courtland, and Gleeson east of Tombstone with a short side trip to Rattlesnake Crafts & Rocks. Then we continued south to the Slaughter Ranch east of Douglas, then north, ending the first day at Portal Peak Lodge in Portal, AZ. Here we eat in the cafe, slept in a small room, and most importantly, acquired a 25¢ map that showed the back road over the mountain.
We were at the Pima Air and Space Museum a few years ago and Santa and the Candy Bomber arrived at on schedule. Neighbor Roy & I were there, along with a thousand other folks, hoping to get a picture of the famous Mr. Claus swooping in on a helicopter to see who’s been naughty or nice. He did not disappoint. Once on the ground, he got into a horse-drawn carriage and traveled the short … Continue reading
March 29, 2015. Jim and I wandered off into the Eastern hinterlands (East of Campbell) to peruse the offerings of the Empire Ranch Foundation for its Annual Western Art Show and Sale. In its 15th year, this year the show is at the tony Tucson Desert Art Museum. Dubbed the Empire 100 for the number of paintings which are on exhibit, the sale is a benefit for the preservation of the Empire Ranch and the Cowboy … Continue reading
I had wanted to visit Southern New Mexico ever since I read Eve Ball’s magnificent Indeh: An Apache Odyssey I knew many of the descendants of Chiefs Naiche, Chihuahua, Loco, Nana, and Victorio live on the Mescalero Apache Reservation and I wanted to interview them. Even the descendants of “The Worst Indian Who Ever Lived”, Geronimo, can be found there. I also knew that so much of Southern Arizona history that I write about carries … Continue reading
“SNAP! Visualize History Through the Art of Vintage Ads!” May 1 – October 31, 2015 “The art of print media is a direct “snapshot” of the practices of society. The good, the bad and the ugly. Walk down memory lane through vintage American ads spanning fifty years. Warning! Some images may depict graphic stereotypes that history would like to forget! ************************ Recently, Neighbor Roy & I ventured across town to the Tucson Desert Art Museum … Continue reading
Located at the west end of the restored Train Depot is the Transportation Museum. I know. When I first heard about it I wasn’t in any hurry to go either. But there is no way to understand the history of Tucson until you witness the incredible impact the arrival of the Southern Pacific Railroad had on, what was then (1880), a tiny (mostly) Mexican village. This museum is small, free, and worthwhile. This is also … Continue reading
John Slaughter, who was a Confederate soldier, Texas Ranger and Cochise County sheriff, loved this porch. He was sitting there one day with his family when a cloud of dust swirled up from the south. Pancho Villa and his army rode onto Slaughter’s ranch.Continue reading
From 1943 through June 1945, the 390th Bombardment Group (Heavy) was an Eighth Air Force B-17 Flying Fortress unit stationed in England. The 390th was assigned to the 13th Combat Bombardment Wing, and the group tail code was a “Square-J”. Its mission was to cripple or destroy German strategic targets, including the Messerschmitt aircraft complex at Regensburg; antifriction-bearing plants at Schweinfurt; various aircraft factories, instrument plants, and air parks; marshaling yards at Frankfurt; bridges at Cologne; … Continue reading