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Tucson, AZ 85713
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Arts & Museums
Formerly known as the Jewish Heritage Center, the Jewish History Museum is a cultural museum that is located in a synagogue. In fact, the very synagogue it is housed in is said to be the oldest structure in that state. With a great collection of artifacts, books, letters, documents, and many other items regarding the history of Jewish people in Southern Arizona, the museum is a great visit place to know more about the past of this region.
Owner Tom Philabaum is renowned as one of America's best glass artists, with exhibits throughout the US, Mexico and Europe, and his gallery, Philabaum Glass, reflects his position in the art world, exhibiting more than 100 nationally and internationally celebrated artists. Apart from wandering around and appreciating the exhibits, you can view glassblowing at his studio and learn about the history of the studio glass movement. This place is open from Tuesday to Saturday at 10am.
Sosa-Carrillo-Fremont House is one of Tucson's oldest adobe houses, built around 1880 and home of the Carrillo family for over 90 years. Located on the grounds of the Tucson Convention Center downtown, the house has been restored using period furniture of the 1880s, featuring exhibits of Tucson lifestyles in the 19th century. Admission is free, but reservations are required for walking tours, which are only offered on Saturdays.
Due to its world-renowned Center for Creative Photography, Tucson has become a Mecca for photographers and photo collectors alike. Temple Gallery is only one of the many venues for photo exhibits in town, but it's one of the best. Located inside the Temple of Music and Art, it's easily accessible for art lovers of all genres. The focus here is on vintage 19th and early 20th century photographs, some of them enhanced by hand painting. Call for current exhibits.
Located in the downtown arts district, this non-profit organization serves as a venue for multicultural events, not just for Latin America, but the entire world community that is represented in Tucson. As the Latino people are the largest minority in the city, it is not surprising that the focus is on art that originated south of the border. There is a wide variety of media represented here, woodworks and bronzes, as well as paintings and photography.
Located in downtown Tucson, the Tucson Children's Museum offers interactive exhibit areas that allow children to explore and discover things for themselves. The different exhibits here are constantly changing, but in the past have included Dinosaur Canyon, the TCM Bakery and Farmer's Market, Wee World, the ZOOMzone, and the Ocean Discovery Center. Parents just love bringing their children here because not only will the little ones have a great time, but they will learn something as well.
Tucson Museum of Art proudly features pieces created by artists in American West and Latin American. Most of the pieces are also contemporary modern in nature. The museum also features works by some of Arizona's most talented artists. Children under 12 and members are admitted free of charge and it's free for all on the first Sunday of the month. If art is what intrigues you, especially that of a local variety, then this place is a must-visit.
Voted Best Art Gallery in town by the Tucson Weekly for nine consecutive years, this gallery has been firmly established in the local art community since 1981. Its focus is on 19th and 20th Century vintage and contemporary photographs from all around the globe, including works by such luminaries as Ansel Adams and Eadward Muybridge, but it also features local and regional artists in different media.
Following a current trend in art, this new downtown gallery focuses on sculpture made from recycled metal and wood, reassembled to create new dimensions in junk. The studio also serves as a showcase for the art of Scott Baker, a craftsman who designs and produces custom furniture in limited editions. Most artists here are of local and regional origin, and represent the mostly avantgarde section of the Tucson art scene downtown.
Mexican-American families have continuously inhabited this house until it was incorporated into the downtown Museum of Art Historic Block in the 1970s. Named after its last resident, Maria Navarette Cordova, it has now become a Mexican heritage museum. Its rooms have been restored to the original style with a replica of the old Spanish garrison at this location on display. A good time to visit is during Christmas when folk art nacimientos, or nativity scenes, are shown inside.
The Tucson Arts Council established Shane House 12 years ago to provide affordable housing and work space for local artists. This is where you can meet and maybe even support them by buying a piece that you like. A number of solo shows are held throughout the year featuring individual artists who consider themselves avant-garde. The gallery is open during Downtown Saturday Night and by appointment only.
Niece-Kimpton Gallery has built its exhibits around the works of noted sculptors Kurt Niece and Joe Kimpton, featuring jewelry and crafts by nationally known Native and contemporary artists. The famous silver jewelry of the Zuni Indians is one product the owners are particularly proud to present. The beauty of the display is certainly one to be admired.