Amerind Foundation Museum


Located 64 miles east of Tucson at 2100 N. Amerind Rd. I-10 to Dragoon Rd. exit 318 and proceed east one mile. This is an archaeological research facility and museum devoted to Native American culture and history. The museum displays jewelry, pottery, baskets, crafts, and other items unique to native people of the American Southwest and Northern Mexico. Admission fee.

Arizona Historical Society Museum


Located at 949 E. Second Street near the University of Arizona campus. AHS has the world’s largest collection of Arizona history, artifacts, documents, and photographs and offers a variety of experiences for children and adults. Follow the exploration and development of Arizona from the first entry of Europeans in 1540, through exciting times under the flags of Spain and Mexico, to territorial Arizona in the 1800’s. Featured are period rooms, the Mining Hall mine shaft replica, and photo exhibits. Admission is free with a donation requested.

Arizona State Museum


Located on the University of Arizona campus in the first northside building just inside the main gate, at Park and University Blvd. ASM, as the oldest and largest anthropological museum in the Southwest, specializes in materials relating to the prehistoric Hohokam, Mogollon, and Anasazi cultures, as well as the living American Indian cultures of the American Southwest and Northern Mexico. The excellent collections of ASM are available for research, exhibitions, and education. Admission: donation suggested.

Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

Located 14 miles west of Tucson in Tucson Mountain Park at 2021 N. Kinney Road. Take Speedway west and follow the signs. This internationally famous “living” museum houses over 1300 kinds of plants and 300 species of animals that live in enclosures designed to replicate their natural habitat. Docents lead walking tours and give live demonstrations with plants and animals. Wheelchair accessible. Admission fee (members free).

Asarco Mineral Discovery Center


Located 15 miles south of downtown Tucson. I-19 to exit 80 at Pima Mine Road. The center offers an inside look at an operating open-pit copper mine. Displays and exhibits in the Discovery Center explain the history and process of mining. Discovery Theater shows presentations related to mining and minerals. Admission to the Center is free but there is a charge for the one hour bus tour which includes views of the mining operations and a visit inside one of the copper mills. Admission fee for tour. Senior (62) discounts.