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Located on the University of Arizona campus, University of Arizona Museum of Art is home to a remarkable collection of Renaissance as well as 19th to 20th century art including works of such giants as Rembrandt, Rodin, Georgia O'Keefe, Rothko and Hopper. Apart from the permanent 15th century exhibit upstairs, there are changing exhibits around prominent artists and themes. The on-site bookstore and gift shop is a great place to pick up a souvenir as well.
This is the oldest archaeological museum in the Southwest, and the best place in Tucson to learn about the life of Arizona's Indians, both past and present. Impressive displays of Indian art tell the cultural history of the American Southwest and Northern Mexico. There is also a good natural history section demonstrating earth and climate changes in the area. A museum shop is also located on-site and sells related books and crafts.
Visit the University of Arizona campus and experience the sites, sounds and action that helped make this campus one of the top-rated schools in the nation today. University of Arizona was founded in 1885, before Arizona was even a state, making it the first university in the state. in 1891, the first classes were held in the university's first building, Old Main, with only 35 students. Today, Old Main is still in use, along with many more buildings that have sprouted up over the years, and with just a few more students (about 40,000.)
Apart from well-stocked public libraries, Tucson offers several other places for the literary-minded traveler to indulge in their passion. University Of Arizona Poetry Center stores a wealth of literary resources such as 35,000 books, periodicals, audio/video recordings for almost any branch of poetry from Whitman to Ginsberg and beyond. It also offers frequent poetry readings from both local and visiting writers in its comfortable beautiful adobe house, and it's all free.
Installed in 1962, the McMath-Pierce Solar Telescope is the greatest solar instrument in the world. Named in honor of the famous astronomers Robert McMath and Keith Pierce, it was designed by Myron Goldsmith. Stretching to an approximate 110 feet (33.52 meters), this solar telescope has been responsible for many discoveries, one of which includes the presence of water vapor on the great star. Pride of the National Solar Observatory in Tucson, it still remains a mecca for astronomy enthusiasts.
Located on the University of Arizona campus, the Flandrau Science Center & Planetarium is the place to go for astronomy buffs of all ages. Attend the special planetarium shows here, complete with high definition digital dome projection. Kids will have fun participating in the hands-on science exhibits and exploring the history of planet earth at the mineral museum. The planetarium show themes change every month, but the fact that their star projector can show over 8,000 stars never changes.
Explore historic sites in and around Tucson with the experts working at Center For Desert Archaeology. Visit the village of the ancient Hohokam, a people who lived here more than 700 years ago, and see rock art sites in the Tucson mountains. The deserts and mountains around Tucson contain many remnants of ancient people, but you will need reliable people to guide you to those places, so call them and ask for schedules reservations and prices.
For a taste of historic Tucson, take a ride on one of the track trolleys leaving from the University of Arizona's main gate on Friday nights, Saturdays and Sundays. This all-volunteer "museum" has reinstated and refurbished the trolley system that was carrying passengers around downtown Tucson from 1906 to 1930. Old Pueblo Trolley has definitely given the city a return of its old charm.