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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 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 o...  more »
  • 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 ide...  more »
  • 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 sm...  more »
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  • Very beautiful in presenting history, but it's all about native culture. Which is great, but I was also looking forward in other history categories.
  • Summary based on one visit: --didn't have high expectations, but found the exhibits quite interesting --reasonable entry fee --parking in fee lot nearby --some very nice items in the store, especially better quality Hopi silver. Prices seemed lower and variety of higher quality pieces greater than some other places. If you're making a significant purchase, inquire whether it makes financial sense to join the museum for the discounts.
  • Wonderful exhibits on pottery and weaving from the indigenous peoples we slaughtered.
  • 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.
  • Good exhibits that delve into the history of the area. While I'm not into history, I did learn a significant amount. The Shakespeare exhibit they had with the First Folio was quite incredible.