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AHM facadeArizona History Museum 
949 E. 2nd Street, Tucson, AZ 85719
(520) 628-5774

Email: AHSTucson@azhs.gov

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, Wyatt Earp’s pistol, 18th-century Spanish silver artifacts, and hands-on exhibits for children.

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Hours and Admission Prices

Museum Hours:
Monday – Thursday 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am – 8:00 pm (Admission is $3 Ages 7+ from 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm)
Saturday 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Holidays OPEN: Martin Luther King Jr Day, Presidents’ Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day
Holidays CLOSED: New Year’s Day, Easter, Veteran’s Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas

Museum Admission:
Adults $8

Ages 65+ $6
Adult student $5
Ages 7-17 $4
Ages 6 and younger free with family
AHS Members and Veterans are free
Blue Star Museum active duty military free (Memorial Day through Labor Day)

Free validated parking is available at the Main Gate Garage, located on 2nd Street and Euclid. Bring your ticket into the museum for validation.

Library and Archives Hours:
Tuesday – Friday 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
There is no admission fee for the Research Library.

Upcoming Events

First Fridays BannerAHM First Fridays – On the first Friday of every month, there will be a free program included with admission to the museum. Admission is discounted from 4-8pm every Friday. Upcoming events:

  • March 3, 6:00 p.m. – The diary of Mim Walsh – Unearthing her story
    Diary scholar Professor Judy Temple will discuss her discoveries and challenges during her decade long study of “ the 51 year diary of Mim” Walsh. This illustrated talk will be accompanied by an exhibit of the actual Mim Walsh journals.
  • April 7, 6:00 p.m. – From The Silver Screen to the Small Screen
    In the 1930s, the nation was fascinated by all things “western,” and Charles and Lucile Herbert founded Western Ways Features to take advantage of that appetite. Jennifer Jenkins tells the story of Western Ways Features and its role in the invention of the Southwest of the Imagination.
  • May 5, 6:00 p.m. – Old Arizona Brass Band concert
    The Old Arizona Brass band offers a living history representation of military and civilian bands in Territory Times with period music, instruments, and uniforms.

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March 5, 4-6 p.m. – 1917 WWI and the War on Labor: From the Butte Disaster to the Bisbee Deportation

Nearly 100 years ago, U.S. history changed dramatically as the Government entered the European War “to End All Wars,” April 1917. In the mine fields of the West, especially the copper mines of Montana and Arizona, another war was soon brewing. The most shocking underground disaster in US history occurred in early June asphyxiating 168 miners in North Butte, Montana. Agitation throughout Arizona’s mining communities culminated July 12, 2017 in the infamous deportation of 1186 miners out of Bisbee, Arizona.

This history is recreated by award-winning recording artist and social justice activist Charlie King in a performance piece featuring dramatic readings, songs and photos from the period with the colorful industrial Workers of the World (the “Wobblies”) pitted against the powerful Phelps Dodge Corporation. This adventurous story is filled with heroism in the face of horror; solidarity in the face of repression and violence; and it carries lessons of hope for our time.Website Graphics2

March 17, 6:00 p.m. – “Civil War in the Southwest Borderlands” with Andrew Masich

Still the least-understood theater of the Civil War, the Southwest Borderlands saw not only Union and Confederate forces clashing but Indians, Hispanos, and Anglos struggling for survival, power, and dominance on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border. While other scholars have examined individual battles, Andrew E. Masich is the first to analyze these conflicts as interconnected civil wars. Civil War in the Southwest Borderlands brings to life the stories of Indian, Hispano, and Anglo peoples as they struggled for survival during a time of violence.

Andrew E. Masich, Ph. D. is President and CEO of the Smithsonian-affiliated Senator John Heinz Pittsburgh Regional History Center, chair of the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, and adjunct history professor at Carnegie Mellon University.

Program included with admission to the museum, which is discounted from 4-8 p.m. Free validated parking available in the Main Gate garage, enter on 2nd street. For more information about the event, call (520)628-5774 or email ahstucson@azhs.gov

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If you love history and like people, please join us for History Boot Camp at the Arizona History Museum. Learn how to share Southern Arizona’s fascinating story with museum visitors. History Boot Camp meets Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9am to Noon. Class begins Tuesday, June 13 and finishes Thursday,  July 18 at the Arizona History Museum.

Interviews are being scheduled in April for the 2017 summer class.

To set up an interview, contact Mary Ann Ruelas  at maruelas@azhs.gov  or  520-617-1154.

For a full list of events at the Arizona Historical Society, visit our web calendar: www.arizonahistoricalsociety.org/events

Current Exhibits

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The Arizona History Museum is excited to partner with the Douglas Vietnam Veterans Commemoration Project in presenting “Wall of Faces: A Grateful Nation Thanks and Honors You”. The exhibit will be on display to the public February 25th through July 4th. 

The Arizona History Museum offers a wide variety of exhibits, ranging from 1870’s Tucson to today.AHS Arizona History Museum 4

Some of our favorite exhibits are:

Museum Gift Shop

store_22We invite you to shop in our wonderful museum store where you will find fine Navajo and Zuni jewelry, reproductions of vintage photographs, maps, and greeting cards from our museum’s collections, children’s toys and books, blown glass artworks, and much more!

The Arizona Mercantile is located near the museum entrance to the right. All sales benefit Arizona Historical Society programs. AHS members receive a 10% discount on all merchandise.

Store Hours:
Monday – Saturday 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Phone: (520)617-1167

 

Facility Rentals

The Arizona History Museum offers many unique spaces to host your next event, party, or wedding.

Pioneer Courtyard – Outdoor courtyard with replica 1800s patios and a small stream. Perfect for cocktails or small parties up to 80 guests.
Lobby – Passing through the historic San Agustin Cathedral Portico, your guests will enter the 1,500 square foot lobby. The lobby features original tiles from 1954 and can hold cocktail receptions up to 100 guests.
Auditorium – This expansive space is perfect for parties and receptions up to 185 for a seated dinner or 300 for a standing reception. Audio/visual equipment includes: projector and screen, 2 microphones, surround sound speakers and Wi-Fi.
Treasures Gallery – Guests are surrounded by priceless artifacts from Arizona History, including Wyatt Earp’s rifle and a Territorial wedding dress. This space can accommodate 90 guests for a seated dinner or 150 for a cocktail reception.
History Lab – A small classroom seconds away from our countless artifacts, the Discovery Room is perfect for small presentations, meetings or birthday parties. This room accommodates 40 seated guests or 50 standing guests.
Conference Room – The conference room offers the perfect site for your next meeting or presentation. This room is complete with a projector, screen, whiteboard, Wi-Fi and video conferencing equipment. The board room can seat up to 40.

If you’re interested in renting a space at the Arizona History Museum, please contact Nicola Brownlee, Facility Rental Coordinator at (520) 617-1141 or nbrownlee@azhs.gov

See the attached packet for more information on the facilities and pricing:
Arizona History Museum Rental Brochure

 

Tours

Guided Tours
The Arizona History Museum offers guided tours on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Tours are scheduled for either 10am or 11am for 45 minutes. If your group is over 30 people, we will use both hours. The guided tour will cover a majority of the museum’s exhibits, covering content from Territorial Arizona to modern times. A trained tour guide will take your group through the exhibits.

For school guided tours we prefer a ratio of 1 chaperone to 5 students. Admission for students is $4 each, teachers and chaperones are free.
For adult guided tours, we offer a $1 discount off regular admission for groups of 10 or more. Regular admission pricing is $8 for adults (18-64), $6 for seniors (65+).

Please schedule your guided tour 3 weeks in advance. To schedule, see instructions below.

Self-guided tours:
If you are interested in taking a group of 10 or more to the museum but do not want a guide, we offer discounts for self-guided tours. The museum supplies a gallery guide to explain each room and ample exhibit labels and context for the exhibits.

For self-guided groups, we offer a discount off regular admission for groups of 10 or more. Regular admission pricing is $8 for adults (18-64), $6 for seniors (65+), $5 for student adults (18+), $4 for student youth (7-17).

If you’re interested in scheduling a tour, please fill out the online form:
 School Groups –  Guided/Self-Guided Tour 
 Other Groups (Non-school groups) – Guided/Self Guided Tour

PDF versions of the registration form are also available for download:  2016-2017 School Registration Form or 2016-17 Adult Tour Registration. Please fill out the form and email it to Marica Whittemore at ahstucson@azhs.gov. 

If you have any questions, please call Marica Whittemore at (520)617-1143 or email ahstucson@azhs.gov

Research Library and Archives

Arizona Historical Society Research Library and Archives is located within the Arizona History Museum. The library is free to the public and houses thousands of historic documents, photos, newspapers, and more. No appointments are necessary to use the library, but appointments can be made so the librarians can pull your requested documents in advance.

Library Hours:
Tuesday – Friday, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

If you have a question or would like to schedule an appointment, please call (520) 617-1157 or email AHSref@azhs.gov
For more information on the Tucson Library and Archives, please visit: http://www.arizonahistoricalsociety.org/tucson-archives/

Museum Accessibility

The Arizona History Museum is committed to providing a comfortable environment for all visitors to enjoy the facilities.

Public Transportation
The Arizona History Museum is nearby to the Sun Link streetcar stops on University Blvd. at the Main Gate Square. For more information, please check http://www.sunlinkstreetcar.com/.
There are many Sun Tran stops nearby to the museum, please check http://www.suntran.com/  for more information.

Passenger Unload/Load Zone
There is a 15 minute loading zone at the entrance of the museum on 2nd Street. Visitors arriving by vehicle can use this area to use the passenger unload zone, which is by a ramp that leads up to the doors of the museum. Parking is not permitted in this area. Please park in the Main Gate Garage.

Parking
There are metered handicapped parking spaces available in front of the museum on 2nd street.
Validated parking is available at the Main Gate Garage, located on Euclid Avenue and 2nd Street. For validated parking, enter the garage from 2nd street and head straight into the section labeled “Arizona History Museum visitors”. You will receive a ticket to enter the parking garage, which you will exchange for an exit pass once you visit the museum.

Wheelchairs
A wheelchair is available free of charge in a first come, first serve basis. Please ask at the lobby front desk. The museum offers accessible entrances, galleries, elevators, and bathrooms for wheelchair use.

Service Animals
We welcome visitors with trained service animals to the museum.

Visual Disabilities
If you wish to schedule a visual tour, please contact the museum at (520)617-1143 or ahstucson@azhs.gov 

Phone Number Directory

Front Desk (520) 628-5774
Research Library and Archives (520) 617-1157
Gift Shop (520) 617-1167
School Tours (520) 617-1143
Donations (Archival -2D) (520) 617-1157
Donations (Artifacts – 3D) (520) 617-1179
Membership (520) 617-1165

AHS_Downtown_front_2014Downtown History Museum
140 N. Stone Avenue

in the Wells Fargo Bank building
Tucson, AZ
Phone: (520) 770-1473

The AHS Downtown Museum exhibits depict early Tucson businesses and homes and the development of Downtown Tucson, including drugstores, police and fire departments, and the Romero barbershop.

Hours and Admission Prices

Museum Hours:
Monday through Thursday 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Friday 10:00am – 3:00pm 

Museum Admission:
Free admission, donations welcome.

Free validated parking available in the Wells Fargo garage on Alamedia Street. Bring your parking ticket into the museum to be validated.

Upcoming Events


For a full list of events at the Arizona Historical Society, visit our web calendar: www.arizonahistoricalsociety.org/events

Current Exhibits

DWNThe Downtown History Museum tells the story of the heart of Tucson before urban renewal. Travel through Tucson’s beginning as a Spanish Fort and mission, to its boom as the place to be for movies, shopping, and dining. You may even have a run in with Public Enemy #1, John Dillinger!  Put your own mark on history with our interactive exhibit “I Am Tucson.”

John Dillinger Online Exhibit

Museum Gift Shop

ProductsDon’t forget to visit the gift store where you can find rare books, prints of historic downtown Tucson, Dillinger items, children’s toys, jewelry and much more. 

AHS Members receive a 10% discount on most merchandise.

Store Hours:
Thursday – Saturday 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

 

Tours

Guided tours:

The Downtown History Museum offers guided tours during regular hours on Thursday through Saturday. The guided tour will cover a majority of the museum’s exhibits, with information about the development of Tucson and its people. Admission for guided tours is $3/person.

Self-guided tours:

If you are interested in taking a group of 10 or more to the museum but do not want a guide, we offer self-guided tours. The museum supplies a gallery guide to explain each room and ample exhibit labels and context for the exhibits. 

If you’re interested in scheduling a tour, contact Elyssa Marley at (520)770-1473.

Accessibility

The Downtown History Museum is committed to providing a comfortable environment for all visitors to enjoy the facilities.

Public Transportation
The Downtown History Museum is nearby to the Sun Link streetcar stop on Stone. For more information, please check http://www.sunlinkstreetcar.com/.

There are Sun Tran bus stops nearby the museum, please check http://www.suntran.com/  for more information.

Parking
There are metered parking spaces available in front of the museum on Alameda Street.

Validated parking is available at the Wells Fargo Garage, located on Alameda Street. You will receive a ticket to enter the parking garage, which will be validated once you visit the museum.

Service Animals
We welcome visitors with trained service animals to the museum.

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Fort Lowell Museum
2900 N. Craycroft Road

Tucson, AZ
Phone: (520) 885-3832

Fort Lowell Museum tells the historic story of Fort Lowell during the Apache Wars. Housed in a accurate replica of the Commanding Officers quarters, circa 1885. The building hold permanent and changing exhibits featuring military artifacts.

 

Hours and Admission Prices

Museum Hours:
Thursday – Saturday 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Museum Admission:
Free admission, donations welcome.

Free parking available in the Fort Lowell Park parking lot.

Upcoming Events

Soap Making BannerDiscover the history of soap as you make your own. Oatmeal, Coffee, Lemon-Verbena, Lavender, Honey Bee plus kids confetti or hidden prize soap. Fun for all ages! $4/person. This event happens every 2nd Saturday of the month, so don’t miss out. Soap making at Fort Lowell is available only during May-October.
Call the Fort Lowell Museum for more information: (520)885-3832

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The history of dipped candle making dates back to as early as 500 BC. Have you ever wondered how they did it? Learn how and make your own beeswax dipped candles in this fun, volunteer led activity. Fun for all ages! $4/person.

This event happens every 2nd Saturday of the month, so don’t miss out. Candle dipping at Fort Lowell is available only during October-May. Call the Fort Lowell Museum for more information: (520)885-3832 

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 13220744_10154372856331842_1080725666653456777_oFort Lowell Museum has a wide variety of artifacts and exhibits on display.

  • Campaigning in the Field– Enlisted men from Fort Lowell worked on the telegraph lines and used the heliograph.
  • Scalpels and Satchels– Fort Lowell was equipped with a first rate hospital and supplied excellent care from one of the most famous residents Walter Reed.
  • The Army and the Iron Horse– Once a Cavalry post and headquarters of the 6thCavalry where court martials were held. The military post was also in close proximity to the train depot.
  • Supplying the Troops– Fort Lowell served in many ways during the Apache Wars including working as a supply depot.
  • Scouts– Apache Scouts served with the Cavalry.
  • Social Life & Entertainment– Many dinner parties and dances entertain the enlisted Officers.
  • A Bite to EatFeeding the Soldiers– Bacon, Beans and Coffee. Discover how food sustained the enlisted in the Arizona desert.
  • Images of Resistance– Apache quotes and pictures of a time of hardship.

Museum Gift Shop

ProductsMake sure not to miss the gift store where you can find books, maps, children’s toys, desert jelly and honey, candle holders to show off your hand dipped candles (see Upcoming events for times) and much more.

AHS members receive a 10% discount on all merchandise.

Store Hours:
Thursday – Saturday 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Tours

Guided tours:

The Fort Lowell Museum offers guided tours during regular hours on Thursday through Saturday. The guided tour will cover a majority of the museum’s exhibits, with information about the development of Tucson and its people. Admission for guided tours is $3/person. If you are interested in participating in an activity during your visit, you can arrange a tour and activity for $4/person. Activities include beeswax candle dipping and custom soap making.

Self-guided tours:

If you are interested in taking a group of 10 or more to the museum but do not want a guide, we offer self-guided tours. The museum supplies a gallery guide to explain each room and ample exhibit labels and context for the exhibits.

If you’re interested in scheduling a tour, contact Caren Groesbeck at (520)885-3832.

Museum Accessibility

Public Transportation
The Fort Lowell Museum is nearby to the Sun Tran bus stops. Please check http://www.suntran.com/  for more information.

Passenger Unload/Load Zone
There is a loading zone near the entrance of the museum. Visitors arriving by vehicle can use this area to use the passenger unload zone, located on the South side of the museum.

Parking
Visitors can park in any of the Fort Lowell Park parking spaces in the lot East of the museum. 

Wheelchairs
The museum offers accessible entrances, galleries, elevators, and bathrooms for wheelchair use.

Service Animals
We welcome visitors with trained service animals to the museum.
 

sosa-carillo-fremontSosa-Carrillo-Frémont House
151 S. Granada Avenue
Tucson, AZ
520-622-0956

The Sosa-Carrillo-Frémont House is a historic adobe house from the 1870s that is an excellent example of Sonoran and Territorial architecture and has strong ties to some of Tucson’s earliest and most prominent pioneers.

Hours and Admission Prices

Museum Hours:
Monday through Friday from 10am – 5pm. 

Museum Admission:
Free admission, donations welcome.

Free parking available in the parking lot off of Granada Ave. Inform parking attendant you are visiting the museum.

Upcoming Events

For a full list of events at the Arizona Historical Society, visit our web calendar: www.arizonahistoricalsociety.org/events

Current Exhibits

20160630_142533-120160630_14312920160630_142822-1Built in the neighborhood formerly known as Barrio Libre, the Sosa-Carrillo-Frémont House was saved from Tucson’s urban renewal project and transformed into a branch museum of the Arizona Historical Society. This Sonoran row house contains an outstanding representation of a zaguán, a central hall leading from the front door to the rear courtyard. A Black Mission fig tree, planted over a hundred years ago, is central to the rear courtyard.

Facility Rentals

The Sosa-Carrillo-Frémont House is available to rent for your next meeting, wedding, or event. If you are interested in renting the house, please contact Mark Pinate at (520)882-8607.

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Accessibility

The Sosa-Carrillo-Frémont House is committed to providing a comfortable environment for all visitors to enjoy the facilities.

Public Transportation
The Sosa-Carrillo-Frémont House is nearby to the Sun Link streetcar stop on Granada. For more information, please check http://www.sunlinkstreetcar.com/.
There are Sun Tran bus stops nearby the museum, please check http://www.suntran.com/  for more information.

Parking
There are handicapped parking spaces available in the parking lot off of Granada Ave. Free parking is available in this lot, inform the parking attendant you are visiting the museum.

Service Animals
We welcome visitors with trained service animals to the museum.

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