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.
Please note: If you are unfamiliar with our slideshows you can navigate through them faster by using the arrows. On a Saturday in mid-January 2023, Ms. Karen and I were invited to visit the Rodeo Parade Museum at Irvington and 6th Avenue in Tucson. We had been there many years ago but wanted to see what they have done to it after receiving a sizable grant to upgrade. The grant covered the materials, but not … Continue reading
An Overview of the oldest and largest art museum in Southern Arizona. The Tucson Museum of Art has both permanent and rotating exhibits as well as historic houses, a cafe and museum store.Continue reading
There is a new gem and mineral museum in Downtown Tucson and it opened to the public on July 19th, 2021. Ms. Karen and I, along with other members of the Southern Arizona Attractions Alliance, were lucky to get a private tour of the Alfie Norville Gem and Mineral Museum. It is located at the newly restored Historic Pima County Courthouse on Church Street. If your park at the Presidio Garage on Alameda Street, you … Continue reading
Video tour of a Cold War Bunker, housing the Titan II Missile, the only one of its kind left.Continue reading
Tubac is Arizona’s oldest European community. The 1885 furnished schoolhouse, Otero Hall, and Rojas House are all on the National Register of Historic Places. The Park features a small, but fine museum, an underground display of the Presidio ruins, Arizona’s first printing press, a picnic area, school house, church, and the Juan Bautista de Anza Trailhead.Continue reading
One day in late January 2022, Ms. Karen and I visited the Tucson Botanical Garden, for two reasons in particular. First, to experience the “Seeing the Invisible” alternative reality program for which we had the applicable app. And second, to enjoy lunch at the Garden’s restaurant, Edna’s Eatery. According to the Tucson Botanical Garden’s latest app, here is the beginning of the instructions to the Garden’s latest fantastical exhibit. “Seeing the Invisible is an augmented … Continue reading
Tucson Desert Art Museum, which includes Four Corners Gallery, tells the extraordinary history of the Desert Southwest through the eyes and talent of its finest artists and artisans, including Maynard Dixon, Thomas Moran, & Albert Bierstadt, to name just a few. When I went to photograph some of the exhibits, I took Neighbor Roy as I usually do to help with photo & video shoots. I particularly appreciate fine artwork representing my beloved Southwest. But … Continue reading
I added new information about this special Tucson Museum of Art event Friday night October 17th. Neighbor Roy & I will be there and hope to see you there too. Ms. Karen & I have been members of the Tucson Museum of Art since we moved here 11 year ago and have met many wonderful people there, not to mention the Museum’s wonderful exhibitions through the years. The benefits of membership are awesome! Tucson Museum … Continue reading
Showing at the Tucson Museum of Art through October 11, Biennial 2015. Watch this video, produced by Arizona Public Media about the exhibit now showing at the Tucson Museum of Art. Then visit the exhibit and join the Museum on October 11 for the Second Biennial Bash, a reception with music, wine, bites and a Silent Auction featuring pieces from the exhibit. For information about what pieces will be at auction see the Tucson Museum of … Continue reading
Editor’s note: 2022-01-11. Every January, the Hotel Congress stages a reenactment of the capture of the Dillinger gang. Be sure to visit the courtroom where Dillenger was arraigned in the old courthouse, which is now open again as the Visitor’s Center, Heritage & Mineral Museum. Part1 of 3: The Dillinger Phenomenon John Dillinger robbed banks. To many, he became a popular folk hero, not unlike train robber Jessie James back in the 1880’s. In the … Continue reading