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 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
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