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Arts & Museums
Located on the University of Arizona campus, this is the place to go for astronomy buffs of all ages. Attend the special planetarium shows. Have fun doing the hands-on science exhibits and exploring the history of planet earth at the mineral museum. The planetarium show themes change every month, so call ahead for details.
A place dedicated to the work of well-known Tucson artist Diana Madaras, this gallery showcases originals, prints, calendars and note cards in an intimate setting. Her paintings, which have been exhibited in the Tucson Museum of Art as well as in several corporate collections, include images of Tucson, Mexico and the Sonoran Desert in lively colors and make for great souvenirs from the Southwest to take home, or send home as postcards.
If you are looking for authentic Native American crafts or other Southwest souvenirs, Morning Star Traders is the place to go. Since they started their business in 1972, Morning Star Traders have established a reputation for selling only high quality Southeastern Indian Art. They are especially proud of their collection of old Native jewelry and Navajo rugs and a wide variety of indigenous pottery. Contemporary Native American jewelry is also available.
The establishment of the Pharmacy Museum is thanks to the efforts of a Tucson pharmacist, Jesse Hurlbut. Located within the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy, the museum spans across four stories of the building. The collections on display, accumulated by Hurlburt himself, include artifacts and fixtures from drug stores, medicines, drug bottles and books. Enjoy perusing these items reflecting the history of medicine at the Pharmacy Museum.
The focus here is on glass, specifically the art of glass in all its variations; pierced, carved, hand blown. There are exquisitely crafted pierced spheres as well as beautiful, tall-necked vases and glass sculptures from which to choose. Apart from its glass section, the gallery features contemporary ceramics, jewelry, metal furniture and fibers, and it's all unique. You just might be tempted to buy your souvenir from Tucson right here.
This is the oldest archaeological museum in the Southwest, and the best place in Tucson to learn about the life of Arizona's Indians, both past and present. Impressive displays of Indian art tell the cultural history of the American Southwest and Northern Mexico. There is also a good natural history section demonstrating earth and climate changes in the area. The museum shop sells related books and crafts.
Center For Creative Photography is one of the nation's finest museum of photographic art. Founded in 1975 with the aid of world-renowned photographer Ansel Adams as part of the University of Arizona art complex, the Center is now an established institution offering public access to its large photo collection and research facilities. Gifts and photo publications are available at the gift store.
The Center for Creative Photography, a world-famous museum and archive dedicated to photography as an art form, holds the work of W. Eugene Smith, a luminary of the photography world. The archives has around 200 photos shot by the legendary photographer. Individuals and groups are welcome for a tour and can easily access these collections and archives. Seeing them is a virtual journey into the past.
Like the Joseph Gross Gallery, Lionel Rombach is part of the University of Arizona Art complex, featuring works of art students both from U of A and university art departments nationally. There are always juried student exhibits there, mostly exploring new paths in a variety of media. Call or check the gallery website for dates and times. You cannot buy the art directly, but the staff will put you in contact with the artists if you are interested.
Joseph Gross Gallery is where faculty and students of the University of Arizona Art Department as well as student artists from all over the country exhibit their work. As might be expected from an art school, the works are mostly experimental, sometimes controversial, but never conventional, often addressing social and environmental issues. You cannot buy art directly, but curator Julie Sasse will put you in touch with the artists you are interested in. Call for current exhibit schedules.
Located on the University of Arizona campus, University of Arizona Museum of Art is home to a remarkable collection of Renaissance as well as 19th to 20th century art including works of such giants as Rembrandt, Rodin, Georgia O'Keefe, Rothko and Hopper. Apart from the permanent 15th century exhibit upstairs, there are changing exhibits around prominent artists and themes. Call ahead for exhibition dates and gallery talks, visit the bookstore.
Located just west of the University of Arizona campus, the Arizona Historical Society features permanent and long-term exhibits from Spanish Colonial times to the 20th century—including a replica of a mine shaft invoking Arizona's long history of gold, silver and copper mining. There are several hands on exhibits and an excellent collection of old photographs documenting the lives of Indians, settlers and miners in Southern Arizona. The gift store is open the same hours as the museum. This place is a must-visit to learn about rich cultural heritage of Arizona.