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Arizona State Museum is one of 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.
Formerly known as the Jewish Heritage Center, the Jewish History Museum is a cultural museum that is located in a synagogue. In fact, the very synagogue it is housed in is said to be the oldest structure in that state. With a great collection of artifacts, books, letters, documents, and many other items regarding the history of Jewish people in Southern Arizona, the museum is a great visit place to know more about the past of this region.
If you want to learn more about Tucson's role in the long and often troubled relations between Spanish settlers, early Anglo pioneers and Native American inhabitants, visit the Fort Lowell Museum. This museum is located within an old adobe building at Fort Lowell Park. Here, the Arizona Historical Society presents exhibits and photograph shows on the Apache Wars and historic Fort Lowell. The reconstructed Officers' Quarters serve as a visitor center.