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Arizona Historical Society -- Arizona History Museum

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Neighbourhood: West University
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Address: 949 E. Second, Tucson, AZ 85719
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+1 520-628-5774
09:00 - 16:00
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Fri 09:00 - 20:00
Sat 11:00 - 16:00

The Arizona History Museum's focus is southern Arizona history from Spanish...

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.

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Lots of nice exhibits and interactive areas

AHS has a lot of interesting information to provide, and it's done in a way that is interactive and fun. I really enjoy their fake mine area and the dwellings. Also, there is a... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Tucson, Arizona
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Tucson, Arizona
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65 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

AHS has a lot of interesting information to provide, and it's done in a way that is interactive and fun. I really enjoy their fake mine area and the dwellings. Also, there is a very nice inner courtyard that doesn't have any exhibits, but it a nice place to rest.

Thank ArizonaMouse
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55 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is an excellent museum of Arizona and Tucson history. It features many early photographs of early life, a mining exhibit and other artifacts. The museum is near the University campus and convenient to downtown.

Thank JohnnyFry1
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40 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Arizona Historical Society Museum in Tucson has exhibits that capture the history of the state, with emphasis on the southeastern portion. Historic objects from the Society's collections are at the center of exhibits, providing a direct connection to the past. Each exhibit explains the historic context and importance to the state. My favorite is the display on mining. A... More 

Thank Ron S
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14 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 March 2017

Great museum, as many others said. Five stars. Must see. I'd like to share that the 2nd Street parking garage facility has a Dedicated parking area for History Museum visitors. You're barely a block away, ADA all the way. . When you buy your museum admission, exchange the garage's machine ticket for a special ticket you'll swipe to get out... More 

Thank John B
Seattle, Washington
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158 reviews
39 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 January 2017

I noticed that the museum had a Pancho Villa exhibit and since I had some time, I walked over. Not only did I learn so much about the general/folk hero/bandit and the times he lived in, but I made it to the next part, an exhibit about the Apache Chief Geronimo. For both, there were many original and unique photos,... More 

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Norman, Oklahoma
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810 reviews
382 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 568 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 January 2017

This is a small museum near the University of Arizona campus. There is a large parking garage very close so you can try that if you don't find parking on the street. The museum does a good job depicting the main historical events that shaped this part of Arizona. This include some very interesting displays about mining. The very diverse... More 

Thank Sarracenia
Tucson, Arizona
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100 reviews
21 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 3 January 2017

Great place to visit during hot temps in Tucson. Lots to see and learn. My kids had a great time. Great mine area experience.

Thank tbjones2017
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15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 November 2016

This visit was planned to "kill time" while our husbands were riding in the El Tour de Tucson. It turned into a 3 hour trip back in time and the many unknown people, places and events that make up the great state of Arizona. Surprises seemed to wait around every corner and interesting artifacts from American Indian culture, mining culture,... More 

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Frankfurt, Germany
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514 reviews
240 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 291 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 November 2016

This museum isn't fancy and it sometimes looks a little improvised. But what makes it special and what really amazed us was their approach of presenting history by telling the stories of the people involved. So many photos, artefacts, and detailed information which portrayed common people, leaders, fighters, merchants, pioneers, engineers, politicians and told their stories and showed their faces.... More 

Thank Carlos C
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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354 reviews
100 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 October 2016 via mobile

We parked at the ramp to go to the visitor center and noticed we needed to get our parking validated at the historical society. Once we went to the visitor center we went to the museum. The entrance fee is low, and the exhibits well done. My favorite was the section on mining with the mine tunnel, and mining machinery.... More 

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