Tucson Museums & History

Tucson Museums & HistoryThe desert's climate and sparse vegetation hold within them stories of how that geographical area has developed and evolved over the centuries. In such a far-reaching time line, Tucson's museums tell stories that are much shorter in comparison. Still, the historical events and various facets of the city's story are all presented in vivid and sometimes interactive exhibits in these notable museums.

Flandrau: The University of Arizona Science Center
Many of the scientific world's mysteries and phenomena are presented and investigated among the various exhibits and interactive displays at Flandrau: The University of Arizona Science Center. Everything from rare minerals of the Hindu Kush, to how to survive the summer heat, to various telescopic exhibits that explain which planets are visible in the evening skies, are all waiting to be discovered at this museum.

Address: 1601 East University Blvd., Tucson, AZ 85719 - MAP
Phone: (520) 621-STAR
Web: www.flandrau.org

Tucson's International Wildlife Museum
Tucson's International Wildlife Museum prides itself on capturing imaginations as well as presenting animals that have eluded capture in their wildlife habitats. The facility has taken great care to preserve the native surroundings of the animals that they do have in their residence, and the exhibits that tell the stories of these animals are just as captivating. Aside from the interesting subject matter, the museum caters to students and families and hosts various themed evening programs, most notably a flashlight tour of the museum called "Night at the Museum" that the kids will absolutely love.

Address: 4800 West Gates Pass Road, Tucson, AZ 85745 - MAP
Phone: (520) 618-3561
Web: www.thewildlifemuseum.org

University of Arizona Museum of Art & Archive of Visual Arts
If art is in the eye of the beholder, then there will be plenty of it to see at the University of Arizona Museum of Art & Archive of Visual Arts. There is an astounding backlog of work created in several mediums but all leave a distinctive, unforgettable impression and will likely inspire you to keep taking it all in. From the religious paintings that trace back to Ciudad Rodrigo to pieces detailing various NASA missions to the highly popular "Guitars! A Tucson Rocks Exhibition," all the exhibits here most definitely hit all the right notes.

Address: 1031 Olive Road, Tucson, AZ 85721 - MAP
Phone: (520) 621-8770
Web: www.artmuseum.arizona.edu

Arizona Historical Society
The Arizona Historical Society Museum Downtown has worked hard to preserve Tucson's history since 1864. Various pieces and artifacts vividly document the state's Spanish, colonial and territorial periods. Authentic relics of stagecoaches as well as some of Wyatt Earp's personal effects are just some of the many notable pieces waiting to be discovered.

Address: : 140 North Stone Ave., Tucson, AZ 85701 - MAP
Phone: (520) 770-1473
Web: www.arizonahistoricalsociety.org

Pima County Sports Hall of Fame
Pima County Sports Hall of Fame's mission is to properly document and preserve the contributions of the talented athletes who have had a positive impact on sports in Pima County. Established in April of 1989, this museum honors the exceptional moments in sports and of individuals who participated in Pima County high schools, community college, university or professional athletics. Athletes who have contributed in other areas like coaching, officiating as a referee, or worked to promote various events in the area are also spotlighted in the Hall of Fame. A unique look at the role of sports in this community will fascinate any fan.

Address: 110 S. Church Ave. #6120, Tucson, AZ 85701 - MAP
Phone: (520) 406-0742
Web: www.pcshf.org

Mini-Time Machine, A Museum of Miniatures
Going back in time just got a whole lot smaller thanks to the folks at the Mini-Time Machine, A Museum of Miniatures. At 15,560 square feet, this is the largest museum of miniatures in the Southwest. It's a state-of-the-art, interactive trip that allows you to go back to different historical periods and each one is represented by an intricate and detailed set of miniatures. Some of the items date back as far as 1775, proving that this unique collection of miniatures is a pretty big deal.

Address: 4455 E. Camp Lowell Dr., Tucson, AZ 85712 - MAP
Phone: (520) 881-0606
Web: www.theminitimemachine.org