Arizona History Museum

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Featured Exhibits

In This Together

In This Together


Since 1959, the ACLU of Arizona has worked in courts, the Legislature, and communities statewide to protect the constitutional rights of all people. With the help of nearly 20,000 members and tens of thousands more supporters, we are able to take up the toughest civil liberties fights. Our work is not about one person, one party, or one issue. It is about all of us, we the people, coming together and daring to create a more perfect Arizona. We are in this together.

This exhibit will be open from February 5th to March 5th 2019.

Opening Reception and Workshop about Civil Discourse February 6th 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.

Facing Work

Facing Work

Open October 4, 2018 through February 16, 2019.
Facing Work, a multi-media exhibit exploring untold stories, lives, and histories of people behind the cash register by Tucson artist Kim Nicolini. In her exhibit, Kim combines creative arts, living people, and archival photos to shed new light on Tucson service workers: people we see every day but who are rarely recognized for their role in Tucson’s human, historical, and economic landscape.

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

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

Opening September 7, 2018.
This exhibit runs from 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.


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 Breann Velasco at [email protected].

For questions, call Breann Velasco at 520.617.1143 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.

Dreaming of the perfect wedding venue?

Need an auditorium for your theater troupe performance?

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


Front Desk / Lobby (520) 628-5774 [email protected]
Research Library and Archives (520) 617-1157
School Tours (520) 617-1143
Donations (Archival – 2D) (520) 617-1157
Donations (Artifacts – 3D) (520) 617-1179
Arriola, Julia Curator (520) 617-1176 [email protected]
Brownlee, Nicola Gift Shop & Events Coordinator (520) 617-1141 [email protected]
Crowe, Doreen Registrar (520) 617-1175 [email protected]
Mueller-Martin, Peter Building Maintenance Specialist (520) 617-1153 [email protected]
Roe, Leslie Director, Southern Division (520) 617-1185 [email protected]
Velasco, Breann Admin. Assistant, Southern Arizona (520) 617-1143 [email protected]
Black, Rachael Archivist & Librarian Library & Archives (520) 617-1152 [email protected]
Fitzpatrick, Kate Archivist & Librarian Library & Archives (520) 617-1151 [email protected]
Stewart, Kate Archivist & Librarian, Team Lead Library & Archives (520) 617-1147 [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.

Store Hours:
Open during regular museum hours.

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