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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 and 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.
EXHIBIT OPENING DATE COMING SOON! Are you part of the ham radio community or do you have a Barry Goldwater story to share? Email us at [email protected] to stay in touch for future programming and exhibit events.
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 rotating feature of History Labs at the Arizona History Museum! History Labs are a new type of museum exhibit that allows community historians and museum visitors to share a story about history. A few of the History Labs include: “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”, “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, and more!
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 schedule your guided tour or field trip at least 3 weeks in advance. We cannot guarantee a docent for guided tours scheduled less than 14 days before tour date. *
Field trips to the Arizona History Museum are 2 hours long and include time in the gallery spaces and in our hands-on exhibit. K-8 teachers: while we prefer a ratio of 1 chaperone to every 5 students, all schools are required to bring 1 chaperone for every 10 students.
There are three different kinds of field trips:
Guided Tours (10-60 students)
Guided tours are for groups of 60 or less. The group will be divided in half, with one half starting in the galleries and the other half will begin in the hands-on exhibit. The group touring the gallery spaces will be led by one of our trained docents. After about 45 minutes, the groups will trade-off.
Junior Curator Challenge (60-120 students)
The Junior Curator Challenge is an option for all groups, but is designed for groups of more than 60. Each student will be given a booklet that outlines a curator challenge. Then, accompanied by teachers of chaperones, they are free to move around the museum and learn collaboratively with their peers.
Self-Guided (High School and College Students)
High school and college students are free to roam the galleries under the direction of their instructor. No docent will be provided.
Is your group looking to visit the Arizona History Museum? We have options to accommodate all groups!
Guided tour (45 minutes to 1 hour)
Guided tours are led by a trained guide. Explore Arizona’s History from ancient times to the present!
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.
Behind the Scenes Tour (90 minutes)
Explore the gallery spaces on a guided tour, then join us in our collections holdings to see what’s not on the museum floor!
Questions about field trips or group visits to the museum? Contact Jaynie Adams at 520-617-1154 or at [email protected].
Please fill out the online form to schedule a tour:
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
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.
Open during regular museum hours.