Tucson museums run the gamut from Old West historical societies to open-air zoos. Our number one pick is the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, a must-see for any visitor to the Old Pueblo. The Museum shows off the unique beauty of the Sonoran Desert, and if you're lucky, you'll catch a glimpse of the javelinas at play. The Tucson desert is also an important center of astronomy and study. Gaze up at the night skies at the Flandrau Science Center and Planetarium, and take in one of the eye-popping laser light shows.
For a taste of the Southwest, head to northeast Tucson and visit the museum and studio of famed Italian artist, Ettore "Ted" DeGrazia. The sprawling adobe property gives a fascinating look into how DeGrazia was captured by the beauty of the desert, and made it into its lifelong subject. Anyone with a remote interest in the history and art of photography will want to pay a visit to the Center for Creative Photography, located on the University of Arizona campus, which houses the archives of Ansel Adams and other notable twentieth century photographers.
1030 N. Olive Rd
(Speedway and Park Avenue, Building 103, University of Arizona campus)
Gallery, archive, and research center for some of the world's best photography... read more
1601 E. University Blvd
(East of Park Avenue on the University of Arizona campus)
Gaze at the night skies in wonder... read more