Mission San Xavier del Bac


Located nine miles southof Tucson. I-19 to exit 92, on San Xavier Road in the midst of the Tohono O’odham Indian Reservation. Called The White Dove of the Desert, the structure is an impressive example of Spanish mission architecture. This northernmost mission of Father Eusebio Kino was established in 1629. Now maintained by the Franciscans, San Xavier is an active Tohono O’odham church and school. Taped 15 minute lectures are given every hour. Museum and gift shop. No admission fee. Donations 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 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.

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.

Old Tucson Studios


Located 12 miles west of downtown Tucson in Tucson Mountain Park at 201 S. Kinney Road. Take Speedway Blvd. west and follow the signs. This replica of 1860’s Tucson is a theme park and movie set that has more than 300 films, TV shows and commercials to its credit. It features staged gunfights, stagecoach rides, live entertainment, restaurants and shops. Watch for special holiday events. Admission fee.