Experience the enduring cultures of Arizona, the American Southwest, and northern Mexico at Arizona State Museum through dynamic exhibitions, engaging programs, and an educational museum store. ASM is the oldest and largest anthropology museum in the region (est. 1893), home of the world’s largest collections of Southwest American Indian pottery and basketry, and an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution.
Presented in honor of the state’s centennial, Basketry Treasured celebrates the ancient and abiding Arizona tradition of Native basketry. Five hundred stunning examples represent the depth and breadth of Arizona State Museum’s peerless collection, recently designated an American Treasure.
The Pottery Project
Explore the art of the potter and science of the archaeologist as Arizona State Museum celebrates 2,000 years of Native pottery making traditions in the Southwest. At 20,000+ whole vessels, ASM’s collection of Southwest Indian pottery is the world’s largest and most comprehensive, designated an American Treasure.
A World Separated by Borders
Mexican photographer Alejandra Platt-Torres shares her powerful images of the people, the border, and the landscape between Arizona and Sonora to illustrate two states and two countries that are “A World Separated by Borders."
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