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Tucson Area Attractions

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Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is a world-renowned zoo, natural history museum and botanical garden, all in one place! Exhibits re-create the natural landscape of the Sonoran Desert Region so realistically you find yourself eye-to-eye with mountain lions, prairie dogs, Gila monsters, and more. Within the Museum grounds, you will see more than 300 animal species and 1,200 kinds of plants. There are almost 2 miles of paths traversing 21 acres of beautiful desert.

2021 North Kinney Road
Tucson, Arizona 85743
(520) 883-2702
33 minutes; 17 miles

Center for Creative Photography

A world-class photography archive museum and research center offering changing exhibitions, a library, and reservations for print viewing from the collection of more than 80,000 fine prints.

University of Arizona
1030 N. Olive Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85721-0103
(520) 621-7968
(520) 621-7992
8 minutes; 3.6 miles

Children’s Museum Tucson

Southern Arizona’s interactive museum for children. Explore 10 exciting galleries of hands-on exhibits and participate in challenging activities.

200 S. 6th Ave.
Tucson, AZ 85702-2609
(520) 792-9985
11 minutes; 4.1 miles

De Grazia Gallery in the Sun

De Grazia Gallery in the Sun is Tucson’s legendary landmark of southwestern art and architecture created by Arizona artist Ted DeGrazia. A national historic district, the 10-acre foothills retreat includes the sprawling adobe gallery, gift shop, Mission in the Sun, DeGrazia’s former home and gravesite.

6300 N. Swan Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85718
(800) 545-2185
(520) 299-9191
13 minutes; 7.6 miles

International Wildlife Museum

The museum contains more than 400 species of mammals, insects, and birds from around the globe, depicted in natural and realistic settings. Some of these impressive collections are over 100 years old. Hands-on exhibits and interactive computers encourage fun and learning for all ages. The 100-seat, state-of-the-art theater screens wildlife films on the hour. The museum offers naturalist-led guided tours.

4800 W. Gates Pass Road
Tucson, AZ 85754
(520) 617-1439
21 minutes; 10 miles

Titan Missile Museum

Tours are offered of this actual missile site, the only one of 54 such silos preserved as a National Historic Landmark. Displays include an actual Titan II ICBM. Experience a simulated launch. Tour includes the control center and launch duct.

1580 W. Duval Mine Rd.
Sahuarita, AZ 85629
(520) 625-7736
47 minutes; 35.7 miles

Tubac Center of the Arts

At the heart of the arts and culture of Tubac Village since the 1960s, this non-profit organization offers changing regional/national art exhibitions and sales, a permanent Tubac history exhibit, distinctive gift shop, Holiday Art Market, performing arts, cultural lecture series and events, art classes for adults and youth.

9 Plaza Rd.
Tubac, AZ 85646
(520) 398-2371
53 minutes; 50.5 miles

Tucson Museum of Art

Founded in 1924, and located in the historic El Presidio District, the Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block maintains a permanent collections of more than 6,000 works of art. Blending the traditional with the inventive, the museum presents original and traveling exhibitions with a focus on Art of the American West, Latin American Art, and Modern and Contemporary Art. The historic block features five distinctive properties that provide visitors with a unique look into Tucson’s past.

140 N. Main Ave.
Tucson, AZ 85701
(520) 624-2333
12 minutes; 4.6 miles

University of Arizona Museum of Art

The intriguing collections of classic and contemporary art are guaranteed to surprise. From the medieval to the modern, explore over seven centuries of paintings, prints and sculpture. The changing exhibits feature the works of distinguished as well as emerging artists.

1031 N. Olive Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85721-0002
(520) 621-7567
8 minutes; 3.6 miles