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  • 1 Arizona Southwest Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    1013 E. University Blvd. at Park Ave. USA - Tucson, AZ 85721-0026

    This anthropology museum specializes in cultures of the Southwest and Mexico. In the north building, the Paths of Life exhibit interprets origins, history and modern lifestyles of 10 desert cultures-the Seri, Tarahumara, Yaqui, Tohono O'odham, Yuman,..

  • 2 Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    2021 North Kinney Road USA - Tucson, AZ 85743-9719

    A combination zoo and botanical park with natural-history exhibits, this "museum" is best seen by walking 2mi of trails through 21 acres of desert. More than 300 animal and 1,300 plant species, all indigenous to the Sonoran Desert, include ..

  • 3 Mission San Xavier del Bac Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    1950 W. San Xavier Rd USA - Tucson, AZ 85746-7409

    The oldest US Catholic church still in use, San Xavier del Bac has been called the Sistine Chapel of the US by the man who restored Michelangelo's master work in Rome-and who supervised work on this San Xavier Indian Reservation mission. Founded in 1..

  • 4 Tucson Museum of Art Interesting

    Museums and art

    140 North Main Avenue USA - Tucson, AZ 85701-8218

    This incongruously bold, colorful, contemporary museum has an intriguing collection of avant-garde art and photography in a series of descending galleries, plus fine 19-20C American works (Thomas Moran, Arthur Dove, Anton Refreigier, Marsden Hartley)..

  • 5 University of Arizona Museum of Art Interesting

    Museums and art

    1031 North Olive Street USA - Tucson, AZ 85719-0506

    Paintings by Rembrandt, Picasso and O'Keeffe, and Jacques Lipchitz sculptures, highlight a collection of 4,000 works, dating from the 15C to contemporary.

  • 6 Arizona Historical Society Museum Interesting

    Museums and art

    949 East 2nd Street USA - Tucson, AZ 85719-4840

    Exhibits include re-created O'odham, Mexican and Anglo-American homes of the 1870s and a replica of El Presidio. The Arizona Mining Hall features an underground copper mine that illustrates mining, smelting and production processes. Other AHS museums..

  • 7 Biosphere 2 Interesting

    Museums and art

    32540 S. Biosphere Rd. USA - Tucson, AZ 85623

    Science fiction meets fact at this surrealistic outpost. From 1991 to 1993, eight researchers lived within a three-acre glass-enclosed terrarium, a self-sustaining laboratory sealed off from the outside world. Visitors now may tour "the whole wo..

  • 8 Center for Desert Archaeology Interesting

    Museums and art

    3975 N. Tucson Blvd USA - Tucson, AZ 85716-1037

    Archaeologists lead half-day tours to such prehistoric sites as Catalina State Park, where in a 2.5sq-mi area the center has uncovered 42 different sites-including Hohokam petroglyphs, a mesquite bean-grinding site, and a 1,500-year-old village cover..

  • 9 Flandrau Science Center and Planetarium Interesting

    Museums and art

    Cherry Ave. and University Blvd. USA - Tucson, AZ 85705

    Interactive exhibits deal with mirrors, vacuums, holograms, kinetics and other basic physics. Visitors touch rare stones, including moon rocks, in an extensive mineral exhibit. An observatory offers stargazing through a 16in telescope.

  • 10 Old Town Artisans Interesting

    Museums and art

    186 N. Meyer Ave. USA - Tucson, AZ 85701-1006

    This restored 1850s adobe in El Presidio is home to six shops selling Latin American folk art, Native American tribal art, imports from Mexico and regional crafts, plus a pair of restaurants. Over the years, this adobe-its ceilings supported by sagua..

  • 11 Pima Air and Space Museum Interesting

    Museums and art

    6000 East Valencia Road USA - Tucson, AZ 85706-9403

    With more than 200 aircraft, this museum displays everything from a full replica of the Wright Brothers' 1903 Flyer to the SR-71 Blackbird, capable of speeds over 2,000mph. Visitors see military, private and commercial planes, including the Air Force..

  • 12 Sabino Canyon Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    5900 N. Sabino Canyon Rd. USA - Tucson, AZ 85750-0800

    A shuttle bus offers 45min tours through this Coronado National Forest canyon in the Santa Catalina Mountains of northeast Tucson. Once visited by mammoths and soldiers, who rode from Fort Lowell to swim, the canyon was "civilized" in the 1..

  • 13 Saguaro National Park Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    3693 South Old Spanish Trail USA - Tucson, AZ 85730-5601

    The giant saguaro, symbol of the Southwest, grows only in the Sonoran Desert of Arizona and northern Mexico. This park protects thriving communities of the cacti, which can grow to 50ft in height, 8 tons in weight and 200 years in age. Saguaros ancho..

  • 14 Tohono Chul Park

    Nature and gardens

    7366 N. Paseo del Norte USA - Tucson, AZ 85704-4415

    Nature trails wind through 49 acres of desert flora-home to a variety of wildlife-surrounding the adobe Exhibit House. Devonshire teas are served on a plant-filled patio of the West House. Events include concerts, art shows and a summer tribute to th..

  • 15 Tucson Botanical Gardens

    Nature and gardens

    2150 N. Alvernon Way. South of Grant Rd. USA - Tucson, AZ 85712-3153

    This 5.5-acre urban oasis, founded in 1931, features a series of intimate gardens with cacti, wildflowers and Native American crops. There are also a children's garden and sensory garden. A xeriscape garden demonstrates landscaping in an arid climate..

  • 16 University of Arizona

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    North Park Ave. and E. University Blvd. USA - Tucson, AZ 85705

    Over 35,000 students attend this 352-acre campus 1mi northeast of downtown. A top research institution in optics and computer software, it has several museums. Dendrochronology (tree-ring dating) and garbology (the study of cultures by analyzing refu..

  • 17 Center for Creative Photography

    Museums and art

    1030 N. Olive Road USA - Tucson, AZ 85705

    Founded in 1975 by Ansel Adams and then-university president John P. Schaefer, the center highlights 20C photography as an art form. Changing exhibitions draw from the work of Adams, Richard Avedon, Louise Dahl-Wolfe, Philippe Halsman, Edward Weston ..

  • 18 Kitt Peak National Observatory

    Museums and art

    950 North Cherry Ave. USA - Tucson, AZ 85726

    Atop 6,875ft Kitt Peak is the world's largest collection of optical telescopes, funded by the National Science Foundation and managed by a consortium of 29 universities. Tours (1hr) begin at the visitor center and canvass a mind-boggling array of obs..

  • 19 Old Tucson Studios

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    201 South Kinney Road USA - Tucson, AZ 85735-9321

    Hollywood in the desert, this 1880s Western town has been the location for more than 350 movies and TV shows since it was built in 1939 by Columbia Pictures as the set for Arizona, starring William Holden. The Old West as perceived by video drones wa..

  • 20 The International Wildlife Museum

    Museums and art

    4800 W. Gates Pass Rd USA - Tucson, AZ 85745-9600

    More than 400 species of stuffed and preserved animals are displayed in galleries and dioramas. About half are antelope, sheep and deer heads in the Comparative Species Gallery. Sections on animal anatomy and on insects, including Africanized "k..

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