Arizona State Museum

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#112 Arizona State Museum
1013 E. University Blvd
Tucson, AZ 85721

Arizona State Museum

1013 E. University Blvd

Tucson, AZ 85721


Visit the Arizona State Museum for a fun thing to do in Tucson ArizonaLocated on the University of Arizona campus, the Arizona State Museum is the oldest and largest anthropology museum in the Southwest and has been celebrating the enduring cultures of the Southwest for more than 120 years.  This is a great educational activity to spend a couple of hours with the family or alone. 

The Arizona State Museum is not so big that it takes all day to go through; but it is large enough to offer a wonderful learning experience.  Current featured exhibitions include the ongoing pottery collection, currently boasting more than 20,000 pieces representing 2,000 years of history as well as the Paths of Life exhibit highlighting the American Indians of the Southwest, in addition to a number of rotating, traveling exhibits.

The Arizona State Museum is FREE to children 17 and under as well as Museum members, and UA and Pima CC staff and students with ID.  All other adults age 18+ are just $5. 

While you are there be sure to ask about the numerous free programs and events that the Arizona State Museum hosts throughout the year. 

In addition to its educational spotlights, the museum building itself is something to be admired.  The Arizona State Museum is housed in the original campus library and continues to house important research units from the University of Arizona.  Take some time to venture up to the upstairs reading room.  With most of the original lighting intact you will feel like you stepped into one of the libraries out of an Indian Jones movie.  Next time you need a little bit of time to kill, stop on by the Arizona State Museum and enjoy a very cool setting while learning a thing or two about the Natives of the region,  You won’t regret it!

Every April the country music world descends upon Florence, AZ about one hour North of Tucson for four days of music and fun at the Country Thunder Music Festival.  If you are a country music fan this yearly festival is a CANNOT miss experience!  Country Thunder can be tailored to your willingness to be a part of the experience and there are plenty of options available for travel and lodging.  Tickets for Country Thunder can be purchased as single day admission or a four day pass.  One option for those looking to make the most of their experience is to purchase a camping pass to Country Thunder and stay on site all four days!  If you take this option be aware that you must also purchase a four day pass to the festival as well in order to gain access to the campground.  Be aware that the campground passes sell out well in advance of the April festival so be sure to check the website often.  If camping is not your thing you can look into lodging in nearby Florence, AZ or travel back and forth from Tucson or Phoenix for each day of the festival.  Several cab and party bus companies also partner with Country Thunder to help provide safe transportation.

Country Thunder isn’t just your local bands and small time acts, several big name headliners are brought in each year.  Among those headlining the 2014 edition are Miranda Lambert, Jason Aldean, and The Band Perry.  Make no mistake all the other performers are sensational and make Country Thunder a tremendous atmosphere for listening to music, dancing, and hanging out with family and friends.  So if you have plans to be in Arizona in April and country music makes your toe tap, this festival is the place for you!

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The Arizona State Museum features historic Tucson landmarks like Route 66, which connected the country