The Arizona State Museum is home to one of the most important collections of artifacts of the native peoples of the American Southwest and Northern Mexico. As such it makes an excellent destination to learn about the long and fascinating history of this region. With the Museum's numerous exhibits and through their informative educational programs you can learn about the area's culture both past and present.
Things to Do
- One of the Museum's principal ongoing exhibitions is entitled "Paths of Life: American Indians of the Southwest". This will interest anyone who would like to find out more about the native cultures who once lived on this land.
- In total ten cultures are covered with a mixture of artifacts, found objects, displays and presentations used to bring them alive for visitors. It is possible to take a full tour which covers five of these cultures and takes an hour, or you can cover fewer cultures on a shorter tour.
- If you're in luck you could find that one of the Museum's docents has set up a hands-on Discovery Cart. Here you can learn about the traditional arts and crafts native to the Southwest peoples.
- You will get a chance to learn hands-on about pottery, basket weaving and more. These special presentations are set up by the Museum's volunteers on different days between 1-3 pm.
Arizona State Museum Insider Tips
- Turn up at 1 pm for a special docent led tour. These tours last one hour and will help orientate you with the museum and its exhibits while giving you some background on the various displays. These tours are led on a first come, first serve basis and are free with paid admission.