Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
This renowned combination zoo, natural history museum and botanical garden reflects the diverse flora and fauna of the Sonoran Desert, featuring wildlife like coyotes, bears and mountain lions in their natural settings and aviaries, one for hummingbirds and the other for varied desert birds.
University of Arizona Museum of Art
Tucson’s premier art collection. Seven centuries of art – one museum. Home to the spectacular, 26 surviving panels of the Altarpiece of Ciudad Rodrigo, acknowledged by scholars as the finest 15th century Castilian altarpiece outside of Spain. Dynamic, changing exhibitions, check website. Hours: Tuesday – Friday, 9 am – 5 pm; Saturday & Sunday, 12 – 4 pm. Closed: Mondays and University holidays. Admission: Adults – $5 / children, students with ID, UA faculty and staff – free.
Pima Air & Space Museum
Be amazed at one of the world’s largest aircraft collections including hangars of World War II planes, supersonic spyplanes, the world’s smallest bi-plane, plus many other unique private, military, and commercial air and spacecraft documenting the evolution of flight. 300 aircraft, 80 acres, 5 indoor air-cooled hangars.
Tucson Museum of Art
Blending the traditional with the inventive, the Tucson Museum of Art presents original and traveling exhibitions with a focus on Art of the American West, Art of Latin America, Modern and Contemporary art, and Asian art. Located in downtown, the Museum also includes a historic block that provides visitors with a unique look into Tucson’s past.
Children’s Museum Tucson
The Children’s Museum Tucson provides fun, play based, interactive, hands-on learning experience for children and their families. Come play in our Public Safety gallery, Electri-City, Dino World or our health and wellness exhibit. For kids four and under, there is the Enchanted Forest Wee Play space just for them. The Museum is open 7 days a week during the summer months.
International Wildlife Museum
Highlights the diversity of animals world wide. Explains the role of science-based wildlife management for sustainable-use conservation, with emphasis on the role of hunting in biologically responsible wildlife management. Animals are displayed both by taxonomic group and in realistic dioramas which highlight the habitats in which the animals live. The museum has many touchable specimens on display. Insects including butterflies, moths and beetles are featured, as well as mammals, birds and some reptiles.All exhibits are indoors and the facility is air-conditioned. Wildlife movies run hourly from 10 am until 4 pm.
Arizona Historical Society
The Arizona History Museum’s focus is southern Arizona history from Spanish colonial through territorial eras. Exhibit topics include mining and transportation. The Arizona’s Treasures exhibit features Geronimo’s rifle, 18th-century Spanish silver artifacts, and hands-on exhibits for children.
UA Science: Flandrau
Located at the heart of the University of Arizona campus the Flandrau Science Center & Planetarium explores our universe from earth to space and everything in-between, bringing science alive for young and life-long learners alike. Changing exhibits through the year focus on biology, energy, optics and more, weaving in ground-breaking UA research and revealing the world of science careers for budding scientists.
Sit back, relax and tour the universe in southern Arizona’s only Planetarium Theater. Our star projector can project more than 8,000 stars, perfectly recreating the visible objects of the night sky hour by hour. On family days, students from the UA College of Science lead Science Discovery activities in physics, marine biology and other areas.
We also operate the only weekly, free, public astronomy program in Arizona. Stop by the Flandrau observatory and let our volunteer astronomers show you Saturn’s rings, the cloud belts of Jupiter, the Andromeda galaxy and other stunning and beautiful images that will forever transform the way you see our own world.
The University of Arizona Mineral Museum on the lower level of Flandrau houses one of the top-5 gem and mineral collections of the world. With a core collection dating back to 1892, the Mineral Museum now holds more than 26,000 specimens. The Mineral Museum’s permanent exhibit of over 2,000 specimens includes stunning minerals and meteorites from Arizona, Mexico and around the world.
Flandrau also offers Science Camp-ins, Star Parties, Portable Planetarium shows, Science Cafés, and Laser Light Shows.
Arizona State Museum
The oldest anthropological museum in the region, the Arizona State Museum has been collecting and interpreting the cultures of the Southwest since 1893
Museum of the Horse Soldier
Incorporated in 2013, Museum of the Horse Soldier is one of a few museums dedicated to preserving the history of the U.S. Military’s mounted services. Visitors to the museum can explore the history of U.S. horse soldiers and their roles in times of peace and conflict during the 18th – 21st centuries. The Museum of the Horse Soldier offers a unique opportunity to discover and explore military history through informative and engaging exhibits, featuring many rare and one-of-a-kind artifacts.
The Mini Time Machine Mueseum of Miniatures
More than 300 antique and contemporary dollhouses and roomboxes are showcased, sure to delight all ages. The magic of this place cannot be overstated.
For more than 40 years, the home of the late collector Tom Hubbard has been the center of Franklin Automobile history. Featuring more than 20 antique and classic Franklin automobiles, as well as a collection of prehistoric artifacts collected by archaeologist Alice Carpenter, the museum is located in a quiet subdivision in the center of Tucson. Open publicly – Mid-October through Memorial Day weekend – Wednesday through Saturday; 10 am to 4 pm. Private tours available year-round; phone or e-mail for arrangements. Large groups are requested to call ahead.