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Experience “Los Desconocidos: The Migrant Quilt Project” a new compelling exhibition at the Arizona History Museum. For centuries, quilting has been used as a way to bring attention to social issues of great significance, such as women’s suffrage. “Los Desconocidos: The Migrant Quilt Project” exhibition features a collection of handmade quilts that memorialize migrants who have died seeking refuge in the United States. Each quilt carries the names of those who have been identified or simply states “desconocido'' or “unknown” for those who have not.
The exhibition will also feature the new 2019-2020 quilt, which will be on display for the first time. “Los Desconocidos: The Migrant Quilt Project” closes February 28, 2023.
Barry Goldwater (1909-1998) loved Arizona. Born before Arizona became a state, his passions went beyond public service. He rafted the Colorado River, flew over the great mesas of central Arizona, photographed the Navajo and Hopi peoples, and connected with people around the globe as a ham radio operator. View the careful reconstruction of his ham radio station, photographs, and personal memorabilia, and learn more about the personal life and achievements of Goldwater’s life outside of politics. Complete with artifacts donated by his family, visit the Arizona History Museum’s Barry Goldwater, K7UGA exhibit.
Community Resilience focuses on how the Tucson community came together to grieve, comfort and heal in the aftermath of the January 8, 2011, shooting. The January 8th space contains objects from three memorials that were created by the Tucson community in the hours, days, and weeks after the event. Candles, plates, signs, flowers, and more were brought to the different sites to show the love and support from the Tucson community. Visitors to the museum can watch interviews from Ron Barber and Jim Tucker talk about their experience on January 8 and the years after, and learn from Sociologist Monica Casper about how humans channel resilience. Special thank you to Tucson’s January 8th Foundation and The Marshall Foundation for their support.
Riding on a horse, seeing the world pass by you looking out of a train window, and being behind the wheel of a car. The Transportation Gallery demonstrates how we’ve gone from riding horseback, to trains and automobiles. See how travel in Arizona has evolved, and how even riding a steamboat was even an option in the Arizona desert.
Take a behind-the-scenes look at treasured objects in our collection, including Spanish Colonial silver, Santa Anna’s uniform, Emperor Maximilian and Empress Carlotta’s jewelry, famous firearms, and much more.
Arizona Historical Society staff recently changed out the artifacts in the Treasures Gallery! Watch The Video on YouTube
Explore a glimpse into the often-dangerous life of an 1870’s miner as they walk through underground mining tunnel and explore a two-story tall stamp mill. This immersive exhibit includes an assayer’s office, repair shop, and miner’s tent.
Please use the form below to contact our Museum Educators to ask questions, discuss options for virtual classroom visits, and find resources.
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You’ll find what you are looking for at the Arizona History Museum.
Whether you are hosting an intimate birthday celebration, or a 300 person corporate event, we are just the place for you!
The Arizona History Museum offers many unique spaces to host your next event, party, or wedding.
Visit our Meeting and Event Guide for more information.
For Facility Rental Inquiries and Questions, contact Tamara McElwee at 520-617-1141 or [email protected].
We 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.
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