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Arizona State Museum, Tucson

Categories: Natural History Museums, Museums
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4.3/5 based on 100+ reviews on the web
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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  • Splendid spaces to visit and enjoy the history of Arizona in one place and know the history of this beautiful state.
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  • To understand the history of the West and its cultures. The Museum is very well composed, in an effective museography that starts a bit old. The presentation of the pottery is amazing. A great moment in Tucson
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  • 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...  read more »
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Cool stuff here
  • I really enjoyed the temporary exhibit and the depth of knowledge offered about local American Indian nations and history.
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