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Arts & Museums
Here's a museum south of Tucson that must surely be considered unique and a chilly reminder of the Cold War. Go underground and see one of the old Titan ballistic missiles, watch the roll-back silo door open, follow operations at the launch control center, and watch demonstrations of countdown procedures. Tours begin every half hour. To reach Titan Missile Museum, go south on Interstate 19 and take exit 69 to the Duval Mine Road and follow the signs.
Whether you're opposed to open-pit copper mine and its environmental consequences or not, visiting this facility will leave you more knowledgeable about what was once one of the main industries in the state of Arizona. The earth science exhibits and displays of historic mining equipment are quite impressive, and you might want to view the multimedia shows before going on a tour of ASARCO's Mission open-pit mine.
Operated by the Smithsonian and the University of Arizona, the FLWO is the largest field installation of the Smithsonian Institution Astrophysical Observatory (SAO) outside Cambridge, MA. It features displays and exhibits on astronomy and astrophysics, natural science, and cultural history.
This institution is totally dedicated to the preservation of the history of flight, be it commercial, military, or even interplanetary. The museum opened in 1976 with just 75 aircraft and has now grown to have more than 250 on display. A recent addition is the Northrop F-5B "Freedom Fighter." Be prepared to spend the entire day if you, or someone in your party, is a aircraft buff. The exhibits on the floor here rotate, and special events and conferences are scheduled regularly.
This store on Tucson's South Side carries one of the largest selections of tiles in the city. Raw tiles are shipped from Italian quarries, and then glazed in-store.The result is a large variety of one-of-a-kind Southwestern objects. Find ceramic tiles, tile clocks, tiles for hot plates or request a customized design. There is also a wide range of Southwest gifts like sculpture, pottery, framed prints and jewelry. Shipping is available within the continental United States.
Owner Tom Philabaum is renowned as one of America's best glass artists, with exhibits throughout the US, Mexico and Europe, and his gallery, Philabaum Glass, reflects his position in the art world, exhibiting more than 100 nationally and internationally celebrated artists. Apart from wandering around and appreciating the exhibits, you can view glassblowing at his studio and learn about the history of the studio glass movement. This place is open from Tuesday to Saturday at 10am.
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.
As implied in its name, this gallery inside the Unitarian Church on 22nd Street features a different artist every month. All pieces are on consignment, with the gallery taking out a 25 percent commission from every sale, which is actually a pretty good deal for the artist. Gallery manager Bill Bland focuses on art that is produced locally or regionally. Call ahead for current exhibits, events and church activities.
Due to its world-renowned Center for Creative Photography, Tucson has become a Mecca for photographers and photo collectors alike. Temple Gallery is only one of the many venues for photo exhibits in town, but it's one of the best. Located inside the Temple of Music and Art, it's easily accessible for art lovers of all genres. The focus here is on vintage 19th and early 20th century photographs, some of them enhanced by hand painting. Call for current exhibits.
Here's a small and intimate setting for people who like to discuss the art they've been exposed to. It's all contemporary, and mostly local artists, in different media. Exhibits change monthly. Each new show is usually enhanced by a gallery talk, with the featured artist present to answer questions. It is advisable to call ahead before visiting or attending an event, as the gallery's open hours vary widely according to schedules.
Sosa-Carrillo-Fremont House is one of Tucson's oldest adobe houses, built around 1880 and home of the Carrillo family for over 90 years. Located on the grounds of the Tucson Convention Center downtown, the house has been restored using period furniture of the 1880s, featuring exhibits of Tucson lifestyles in the 19th century. Admission is free, but reservations are required for walking tours, which are only offered on Saturdays.
Located in downtown Tucson, the Tucson Children's Museum offers interactive exhibit areas that allow children to explore and discover things for themselves. The different exhibits here are constantly changing, but in the past have included Dinosaur Canyon, the TCM Bakery and Farmer's Market, Wee World, the ZOOMzone, and the Ocean Discovery Center. Parents just love bringing their children here because not only will the little ones have a great time, but they will learn something as well.