Arizona History Museum

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30sepAll Day04octArizona Pathfinders Hidden Mesas and Trading Posts TourArizona History Museum

30sepAll Day04octArizona Pathfinders Hidden Mesas and Trading Posts TourArizona History Museum

17oct6:00 pm7:00 pmArizona Pathfinders Brown Bag - "John H. Slaughter and his San Bernardino Ranch"Arizona History Museum

Be A Tucson History Champion! Volunteer Today!

Be A Tucson History Champion! Volunteer Today!

Do you love history? Enjoy volunteering? Join the Arizona Historical Society and our Los Amigos Docents and be a Tucson History Champion! Now accepting applications for our June 4 - July 8 History Explorers, a six-week volunteer adventure. Share your love of history and connect visitors and students to the wonders of Arizona History. Deadline is May 24. Please contact Eric Gonzales at the Arizona History Museum at 520-617-1142 or [email protected] for more information.

Arizona Pathfinders Hidden Mesas and Trading Post Tour (September 30 - October 4)

Arizona Pathfinders Hidden Mesas and Trading Post Tour (September 30 - October 4)

Stay at La Posada historic hotel in Winslow, visit Hopi third and first Mesas and villages, Keams Canyon and McGee Gallery, Hubbell Trading Post and Lorenzo Hubbell's home, Canyon de Chelly, Todalena Trading Post, center of Two Grey Hills Navajo Rug Weavers, visit Richardson Trading Post in Gallup in Gallup, NM and learn about Navajo PawnCost $1,295 per person double occupancy, $225 single supplementSeptember 30 - October 4Registration required by August 15.The tour will depart from the Arizona History Museum (949 E 2nd Street, Tucson, AZ 85719)For more information, contact Tommy Friedmann at [email protected]

Featured Exhibits

Stories of Resilience

Stories of Resilience

Open April - December 2019
Everybody has a resilience story to tell, because all humans have the ability to be resilient. And we all face adversity in our lives. For this exhibit, we have chosen several stories to highlight examples of resilience from Arizona’s past and present. In some cases the stories are extraordinary, but all of the people are ordinary in that they were just like us. They struggled, they found a way, they survived. While exploring their stories, we invite you to put yourselves in their shoes and imagine what you would have done in their place. Read more below about the three perspectives featured in the museum: Community Resilience, Faces of Resilience, and Resilient Arizonans.

The Arizona Historical Society would like to thank the generous sponsors of Stories of Resilience: Tucson’s January 8th Foundation, The Marshall Foundation, and The Friends of Arizona History, Inc.

Community Resilience

Community Resilience

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.

Faces of Resilience

Faces of Resilience

Faces of Resilience is a collection of artwork by local artist Kim Nicolini that joins art, archives and storytelling to shed light on untold stories of resilience. As Nicolini shared, "Resilience is not a standalone incident, time, culture, or population. It is the cumulative lessons and experiences of all of us contributing to each other. Opening our doors and our eyes, and inviting each other to really see and connect through past and present histories, we can become more resilient together."

Faces of Resilience combines Kim Nicolini’s lifetime commitment to using creative arts, living people, and archival photos to sheds new light on what constitutes resilience by paying tribute to those rarely recognized for their role in the human, historical, and economic landscape. The stories included in the artwork are a human archive both of and for these previously marginalized people, situating them within the context of communities and landscapes where survival is never assured.

Resilient Arizonans and Laurie McKenna's "The Undesirables"

Resilient Arizonans and Laurie McKenna's

Resilience Arizonans looks at the lives of ordinary Arizonans who overcame adversity, from 1800 to the present. Although all were southern Arizonans, the people we chose came from diverse backgrounds, demonstrating that resilience is universal.

On July 12th, 1917 in Bisbee, AZ mining companies and the Sheriff armed approximately 2000 citizens and rounded up 1,196 striking miners and their supporters. From there, the striking miners were marched to a baseball park, loaded into cattle cars, and banished to the desert in New Mexico. The strike was called by the IWW and the workers were accused of being subversives, unpatriotic, and a threat to public safety.

McKenna developed a series of works on paper, souvenirs, video vignettes, and curated a series of informative pamphlets. The central work in the installation is comprised of 1,200 individual rubbings of a 1917 penny that commemorates each man, by name who were unlawfully taken and banished from their homes in Bisbee. Laurie considers the process of making the rubbings as an endurance piece, and the rubbings themselves the resulting monument, "A labor of love for the love of labor".

McKenna's The Undesirables was first presented on the 100th anniversary of the event in 2017 in Bisbee, Arizona. In 2018 Laurie received a Artist Research and development grant to explore and expand the performative and video aspects of her work. In August 2018 she brought the installation and added video elements to Cornelius Projects Gallery in San Pedro, CA. San Pedro, along with Long Beach is the center of American west coast shipping with a similar history of labor struggles and IWW union organizing in the first quarter of the 20th century.

John Slaughter’s Changing West: Tombstone, Bullets, and Longhorns

John Slaughter’s Changing West: Tombstone, Bullets, and Longhorns

September 8, 2018 through August 31, 2019

John Horton Slaughter and his wife, Cora Viola Howell Slaughter, shaped southeastern Arizona in the aftermath of the OK Corral shootout. As sheriff, John brought peace to a fledgling Cochise County, making it safer for his cattle, his family, others who would soon come. This exhibit explores one couple and their border ranch, as their world changed dramatically, and an era of large range cattle ranching came to an end.

Permanent Exhibits

History Lab

A new type of museum exhibit that allows community historians and museum visitors to share a story about history. History Lab currently features:

  • “Tucson’s Early Brewers,” by Betty Cook
  • “Tucson’s Black History,” by Zee and Bernard Wilson
  • “Agua Caliente Park,” by the 4th-grade class of Agua Caliente Elementary School
  • “Mine Workers of Bisbee”; “The Tohono O’odham and Pima Indian Experience in 19th Century Arizona Territory”; “Freemasons, African American Women WAACs and Chicanos”; and “Apache Indian History in the Southwest,” all by the University of Arizona History Department Capstone Research class
  • "History of Tucson’s Chinese Community" by Community Curators Sandy Chan, Sue Gilles, Shirley Miller, Jim Sell, & Frances Tom

Mining Hall

Visitors will get 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.

Treasures of the Arizona History Museum

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.

Education

Guided Tours

Forty-five minute guided tours are scheduled for either 10 a.m. or 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. If your group includes more than 30 people, we will use both hours. A trained guide will conduct guests through museum exhibits extending from territorial to modern times.
For school groups, we prefer a ratio of 1 chaperone for every 5 students. Student admission 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 is $9 for adults (18-64), $7 for seniors (65+).
Please schedule your guided tour 3 weeks in advance. To schedule, see instructions below.

Self-guided tours

We offer discounts on self-guided tours for groups of 10 or more. The museum supplies a printed gallery guide to explain each room and exhibits.

Please fill out the online form to schedule a tour: NOTE:

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: 2018-2019 School Registration Form or 2018-19 Adult Tour Registration. Please fill out and email to Jaynie Adams, Education Curator at [email protected].

For questions, call Jaynie Adams at 520-617-1154 or email [email protected].

Esperanza Means Hope Resources Center
We provide a variety of materials for personal, classroom, and educational purposes.
visit: Esperanza Means Hope.

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Looking for meeting and event spaces for your next corporate event?

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.

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 [email protected].

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

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.

Store Hours:
Open during regular museum hours.

Arizona History Museum Gift Shop in Tucson, AZ

Arizona History Museum Gift Shop in Tucson, AZ

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