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Arizona State Museum, Tucson

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The Arizona State Museum, founded in 1893, was originally a repository for the collection and protection of archaeological resources. Today, however, ASM stores artifacts, exhibits them and provides education and research opportunities. It was formed by authority of the Arizona Territorial Legislature. The Museum is operated by the University of Arizona, and is located on the university campus in Tucson.HistoryNative peoples have existed in the North American continent for more than ten millennia. ASM investigates habitations, lifeways, art and communication in which these peoples in the Southwest engaged.Museum staff investigate archaeological sites of past occupiers of North America to discover how people lived, what they ate, what they wore and how they created their art. These people lived day-to-day, created homesites and villages that, in many cases, have crumbled or been destroyed by natural forces.An early and significant director of the Museum, Emil W. Haury, conducted numerous archaeological excavations in the Southwest and taught students and others about his methods and discoveries.CollectionsASM holds artifacts created by cultures from the past as well as those presently active. The types of artifacts include pottery, jewelry, baskets, textiles and clothing. Archaeological objects were unearthed during excavations by museum staff and others. Ethnological items (those not acquired from excavation) have been donated by Native American tribes, acquired from individuals, as well as purchased by ASM.
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  • This very interesting Museum Tucson State University Campus. It has the largest collection in the world of Indian baskets and Indian pottery. Very educational exhibitions. Do not miss!
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  • I was very impressed by the thoroughness of the information given about the different tribes as well as the exhibits (clothes, utensils, pottery, weapons, food, rituals). I was glad to be introduced t...  more »
  • It is a part of University of Arizona and right in the middle of the campus. The museum is not very big and occupies only the ground floor of a building (I think the building belongs to the Department...  more »
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  • Very good museum! Great collection and well presented. Reasonable price and friendly staff.
  • Great facility with a comprehensive overview of Arizona's state history. Well worth the time.
  • My son and I went several weeks back, and we both loved it. The facilities on the university campus are always immaculately kept, and full of history. My son loved the Native American exhibits, especially the pottery. Seriously, you're missing out if you don't take advantage of the university's facilities and explore what's around.
  • This is a great museum right on the edge of the UA campus. One section tells you at great length about the growth and demise of the Hohokam and the other part tells of the tribes still active in the Southwest. How they were originally, how outside influences affected them and how they are now. Fascinating!!!!
  • Amazing artifacts and displays . Learn about American Indian culture and see real artifacts . Very clean and nice inside and very comfortable couches to sit and relax.

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