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Arizona State Museum

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Neighbourhood: West University
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Address: 1013 East University Blvd, University of Arizona campus, Tucson, AZ 85721
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+1 520-621-6302
10:00 - 17:00
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The oldest anthropological museum in the region, the Arizona State Museum...

The oldest anthropological museum in the region, the Arizona State Museum has been collecting and interpreting the cultures of the Southwest since 1893.

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The Wall of Pots

This is a great stop for 30 - 40 minutes just to see the Wall of Pots. This small exhibit area is very well done, Introductory material on the wall about the tribes and their... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Elizabeth W
Middleton, Wisconsin
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Rego Park, New York
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

As a devotee of museums, I was looking forward to this one, which specializes in anthropology. However, I found the exhibits very outdated. The pottery was interesting, but the anthropological material had to be installed 40 to 50 years ago, and hasn't been updated since. There is free weekend parking in the large complex opposite the main gate of the... More 

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Middleton, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a great stop for 30 - 40 minutes just to see the Wall of Pots. This small exhibit area is very well done, Introductory material on the wall about the tribes and their location. Then the huge glass case visible from both sides of many magnificent pots. There are cards to flip through with information on each and... More 

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United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2017

This museum is somewhat no thrills - and as many here note- it has a large collection of Native American artwork- but there is more to it than that. If needing a hour or so out of the Tucson heat or on that rare rainy day - don't be shy as to visiting this place. Admittedly there is nothing here... More 

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Perrysburg, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017 via mobile

This museum is located on the grounds of U of Arizona; we visited the day of Christmas Eve, so it was not crowded. Parking was nearby for us on the street, and was free because it was saturday; no idea of the parking situation when classes are in session--probably difficult, like every other area around a large college campus. This... More 

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Chehalis, Washington
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2016

Should be called the Arizona State Native American Tribe & Pottery Museum. Not what we expected. I wouldn't waste my time unless you are REALLY interested in the subject. And almost no parking. The small surrounding towns like Tubac or Apache Junction will give you just as much info and are a lot more fun.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016

This is an amazing gem which is overlooked in many guide books. This museum holds a first class collection of Native American pottery, woven items, and exhibits explaining the first nations that lived in the southwest. The museum equals any collection other collection of Native American artifacts that you may have seen in other museums. This is a must stop... More 

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Millbrook, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2016

The pot room was worth the visit itself. We spent probably 90 minutes in that room alone... The remainder of the museum was good, above average.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2016 via mobile

This museum is basically covers Native American pottery and also gives a very brief history of each tribe that lived/lives in Az or very nearby. The reason for 3 stars is that we expected a history of AZ.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2016

The Arizona State Museum is a wonderful museum on early Arizona history. It covers the many native tribes that live/lived in the area that is now Arizona. The museum has a great collection of artifacts from tens to thousands of years of history. The story of each tribe is told with each exhibit. Enjoy.

Thank Johnny T
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2016

Awesome museum, learned a lot about Geronimo. Poncho Villa, the exhibits are very well done. They have a nice interactive area on the second level for children. Will return when we are back in Tucson.


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