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Group Tours at Arizona State Museum


Docent Jane Swicegood in the Paths of Life exhibit

Docent-led Tours & Activities

Docents are friendly, specially-trained museum volunteers who answer questions and lead tours at Arizona State Museum.

Tour Schedule

Special Request tours are available for groups of 6 or more, and required for groups of 8 or more. $7.00 per person (includes museum admission). To schedule a tour fill out a Special Request Tour Form. For more information contact Heather Ingram by email or telephone at 520-626-3989 for more information. A minimum two-week advance notice is required to process Special Request tours.

Drop-in tours are provided on a first-come/first-serve basis and are limited in size. Monday–Friday 1–3 p.m. and Saturday 11 a.m.–3 p.m., October 1 through April 30. Ask at the front desk for drop-in tour availability when you visit ASM! Drop-in tours are free with paid admission.

Tour Options

1. Paths of Life: American Indians of the Southwest Exhibit Tours
See, hear, and touch highlights of the Yaqui, O’odham, Apache, Navajo, and Hopi sections of the ground-breaking Paths of Life exhibition.

2. Museum Orientation Tour

Get a taste and see the highlights of the current exhibits at Arizona State Museum!

While docent tours are geared toward adults, all ages are welcome.

For More Information or to Schedule a Tour:
Use the online Special Request Tour Form to schedule a tour, or email Heather Ingram for more information. A minimum two-week advance notice is required to process Special Request tours.


Hands-on Discovery Carts
ASM docents set up discovery carts for visitors to learn hands-on about Southwest Native pottery, basketry, and other traditional arts and crafts. Discovery carts are offered occasionally by “docent choice” Monday–Saturday afternoons between 1 and 3, October 1–April 30, and during special museum events. Check at the front desk for more information.

All docent-led tours and activities are subject to change according to docent availability.


Curator-guided Tours

Arizona State Museum offers curator-led, behind-the-scenes tours for adult groups during regular business hours Tuesday–Thursday, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. by appointment. Advance notice is necessary. Scheduling and itinerary are dependent upon curator availability. Maximum 10. $20.00 per person (includes museum admission). To schedule a behind-the-scenes tour, contact Darlene Lizarraga by email, or telephone 520-626-8381.

Darlene Lizarraga
Marketing Office
Arizona State Museum
PO Box 210026
Tucson, AZ 85721-0026


Rafting Down the San Juan River

Travel Tours

For Arizona State Museum's travel tours (learning expeditions) to various destinations throughout the Southwest and Mexico, led by museum experts, see our Travel Tours page. Come travel with us!

Photos by ASM Staff