Old Main at Night
Visit ASM & Explore the Neighborhood
A visit to Arizona State Museum opens up a world of things to do and see, all within walking distance and all thanks to the museum's location on the University of Arizona campus.
The first thing you'll notice when you walk through Main Gate at the intersection of Park Avenue and University Boulevard: the lush vegetation. An arboretum in itself, the 380-acre campus is the oldest continually maintained open green space in Arizona, with a vast and diverse botanical collection of trees, shrubs, and flowering plants from arid and semi-arid regions around the world. Not only is the greenery of the campus a delight for the eyes, it is a summertime oasis of shade.
Flandrau Science Center
Southern Arizona’s only planetarium, offering hands-on exhibits and sky shows, music laser shows, and tours of the heavens via the observatory’s 16-inch telescope. No reservations needed. Open seven days a week.
Located in the Flandrau Science Center, the UA Mineral Museum holds an exquisite collection of minerals, gemstones, and meteorites from around the world, with an emphasis on the minerals of Arizona and Mexico. View 27,000 minerals up close and listen to oral histories in the Miners’ Story Project. Open Friday and Saturday 9am-5pm. Field trips times available Tuesday-Friday, 9am-1pm, by reservation only.
Experience this one-of-a-kind archive, museum and research center dedicated to photography as an art form and cultural record. The Center’s changing exhibits include key collections of Ansel Adams, Edward Weston, Garry Winogrand, Harry Callahan and other great 20th-century photographers. Open Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm, Saturday - Sunday, 1-4 p.m.
University of Arizona Museum of Art
The University of Arizona Museum of Art houses wide-ranging collections of over 5,000 paintings, sculptures, prints and drawings, with an emphasis on European and American fine art from the Renaissance to the present.
Explore a treasure trove of historical Southwestern documents and photos, plus unique, unusual books, letters, photographs and manuscripts not available anywhere else. Changing exhibits present a variety of topics, from indigenous languages to video gaming. Open weekdays; hours vary.
Books, clothing, gifts, and more are the attraction at the UA Bookstore within the Student Union complex just off the UA Mall. The bookstore also hosts community events, author presentations, cultural events, and professional speakers.
The College of Fine Arts, including the Schools of Art, Dance, Music, Theatre Arts, and Media Arts, is one of Tucson’s premier presenters of exceptional entertainment. The college stages theatre, dance, and music performances throughout the year, along with art exhibitions, film screenings and more. Many events are free of charge.
Off campus, in a two-block area known as Main Gate Square, visitors can dine, shop, enjoy free concerts, or simply sit and watch the world—and Tucson's SunLink streetcar—go by from tree-lined Geronimo Plaza.
Speaking of the streetcar: Buy a round-trip ticket to ride from ASM to downtown restaurants and shops and beyond to the streetcar's western terminus at Mercado San Augustin, with its restaurants, shops, and Thursday afternoon Farmers' Market sponsored by the Community Food Bank.