DESTINATIONS: Museum showcases southwestern culture

The Arizona State Museum on University Boulevard is the oldest and largest anthropology museum in the Southwest. Photo by Amy Zambrano


If you want to experience the history of cultures in the Southwest and northern Mexico, the Arizona State Museum invites you to visit.

The museum showcases Arizona and Southwest archeological studies in educational exhibitions, and offers interesting programs for adults and children.

Arizona State Museum, the oldest and largest anthropology museum in the Southwest, was established in 1893 by the Arizona Territorial Legislature. It is located near the central entrance to the University of Arizona.

Ongoing exhibits include the Pottery Project and Paths of Life: American Indians of the Southwest. Other exhibits rotate monthly.

The Pottery Project is the largest exhibit of its kind in the world, with more than 20,000 ceramic specimens more than 2,000 years old.

The “Paths of Life” exhibition explores the origins, history and lifeways of the Yaqui, O’odham, Apache, Navajo and Hopi with prehistoric artifacts and historic objects.

The museum’s store, “Native Goods,” sells representations of museum artifacts, educational materials and crafts.

Arizona State Museum also conducts ongoing research and serves as a laboratory for prominent anthropologists to study southwestern cultures.

You can visit the museum Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free for Pima Community College and University of Arizona students, military families and children under 17. All other adults ages 18 and over pay $5.

For a full details about exhibitions, programs, tours, directions and parking, visit


Arizona State Museum

Address: 1013 E. University Blvd.

Phone: 621-6302

Hours: Mon-Sat, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Admission: Free for Pima/UA students, military families. $5 for ages 18 years and older.


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