Arizona State Museum

Arizona State Museum

1013 E University Blvd, Tucson, AZ 85721 - United States





Smithsonian Affiliate Museum

Arizona State Museum offers the visitor many opportunities to experience the ancient indigenous and enduring Native cultures of the region through content-rich exhibits, dynamic docent tours, engaging programs, exciting travel tours, hands-on activities, a research library, and an educational museum store.

Established in 1893, Arizona State Museum is:
- The oldest and largest anthropological research museum in the Southwest
- The largest and busiest state-run archaeological repository in the nation
- Home of the world’s largest and most comprehensive collection of Southwest Indian pottery
- Home of the world’s largest and most comprehensive collection of American Indian basketry
- Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums
- An affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution


"Stories: The Borders We Build" is a family-oriented program exploring the meaning of borders & effects of migration primarily through the eyes of youth. It includes the display of 2 pop-up exhibits. The “Bridging Borders: Children’s Right to Dignity, Civility and Dialogue” exhibit focuses on a study of children's perspectives of fences, walls, enclosures & borders that was undertaken by UA education scholars in collaboration with teachers, pre-school students & their families at the Child-Parent Center in Douglas, AZ. In conjunction with sharing the research, the teachers will offer an art activity that encourages visitors to express their own ideas about how borders, walls, fences & migration impact lives. The second pop-up exhibit, “Lens on the Boarder,” produced by the Sierra Club, features documentary photographs of the landscape, people & communities that are or will be impacted by a border wall.

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