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“Ready to Launch: Arizona's Place in Space” is now open at the Arizona History Museum in Tucson. This new exhibition investigates the impact that the people, landscape, and universities in Arizona have played in space exploration. “Ready to Launch: Arizona’s Place in Space” will open Thursday, May 20, 2021, and run through November 30, 2021.
From capturing the first image of a black hole to creating and hosting telescopes to sending multiple missions to Mars, Arizona has been at the forefront of space discoveries and NASA missions for decades.
Sponsored by Paragon Space Development Corporation and supported by Arizona Humanities and Albertsons. Special thanks to Arizona State University, the University of Arizona, Lowell Observatory, USGS, and NASA Johnson Space Center.
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 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.
School field trips and group tours at all Arizona Historical Society Museums are currently on hold. 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.
Facility rental inquiries at the Arizona History Museum are not being taken until November 1, 2021. Please stay tuned for updates. For questions, please contact Debbie McKinion at [email protected] or 480-387-5367.
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.