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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
Phone Number: +1 520-628-5774
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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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The History of Arizona all under one roof!

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

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 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2016 via mobile

This museum gives a great overview of the history of AZ and also gives a bit of local history. The current special feature concerning Poncho Villa was very interesting and we learned quite a bit about him that we did not know. Give this at least a couple of hours to do it justice. Make sure to get your parking... More 

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Thank BernieandJune
Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2016

You would be amazed at everything housed in this museum. You will get a real education on the past history of Tucson and what it was like to live here in those times. Very interesting and information . . . an education for young and old.

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Tucson, Arizona
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2016

If you have an interest in learning about the early settlers of the Tucson area, you should stop by and see the exhibits here.

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Fergus Falls, Minnesota
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 May 2016

The museum has a few shortcomings. Many artifacts are not identified and interpreted, leaving the viewer wondering exactly what they are and where they came from. They had a very good exhibit on Geronimo and one on Poncho Villa.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 April 2016

We took our coupon book, they made parking available for our visit to AZ. Historical Museum in Tucson and we really enjoyed our morning. It was amazing for a little museum, mining was certain explained so clearly and the building was so well organized, so interesting and this is one tour everyone should take............We were impressed and it is close... More 

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Escondido, California, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 April 2016

We took the light rail from downtown ( a great and cheap way to tour downtown) to the AZ campus. Venue is located in the area nd was a fun way to spend an hour or two. Really great exhibits that tell the story of early Tuscon.

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Prescott Valley, Arizona
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 April 2016

We visited this museum as well as the Center for Creative Photography and the AZ State Museum, along with a stop for lunch, all in one day. Most of the information is particular to the Tucson area. If you have children, the hands on exhibits on the second floor look like they would be a lot of fun. The best... More 

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