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Arizona Historical Society -- Arizona History Museum
Ranked #51 of 309 things to do in Tucson
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Owner description: The Arizona History Museum's focus is southern Arizona history from Spanish colonial through territorial eras. Exhibit topics include mining and transportation. The Arizona's Treasures exhibit features Geronimo's rifle, 18th-century Spanish silver artifacts, and hands-on exhibits for children.
Reviewed 22 October 2012

My daughters and I went to the AZ History Museum this past week. We were very excited to see the 100 year quilts, the mine, and especially the children's hands on area. When we arrived, we were greeted by a friendly and informative volunteer. She gave us an overview of the museum and told us to be sure not to miss the children's area upstairs. We toured the museum, saving the hands on area for last. Sadly, when we arrived at the stairs to enter that section, it was closed off. We went back to the front desk to inquire about how long it would be closed. She informed us that we could still enjoy that area and just move the sign and go on up. We proceeded to follow her instructions, with renewed excitement. Unfortunately, just as we were headed up, a very rude and loud woman barked at us, "What are you doing?" We kindly informed her the museum volunteer gave us permission to go up. The rude woman told us we were not allowed up there and the volunteer didn't know what she was talking about. She continued on about the volunteers incompetence and that she would go talk to this woman. We decided to leave the museum at this point. As we were walking out, the rude woman was walking up to the volunteer and began to berate her, in front of us. I did state to the woman how disrespectful I thought it was, that she would talk to a volunteer in that manner. We were very disappointed to not get to see this section of the museum, especially after it had been so highly recommended. More importantly, I was very put off by the manner in which this rude woman would talk to us and directly to her volunteer. This elderly woman, who was volunteering, was clearly dedicating her valuable time and energy and had not right to be put down by someone or to be reprimanded in front of the public. I'm very disappointed with our visit to this museum.

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Reviewed 19 September 2012

If you have any interest in quilts, fiber art or imagination, do yourself a favor and go experience this exhibit. It continues through the end of 2012. It is a visual delight. It was amazing to see the beauty and creativity of the makers of these quilts. There are quilts made by school children, very experienced quilters, and those in-between. Some of the quilts are pictures in fabric. My friends who joined me on the visit are photographers and they were as impressed as I was by this exhibit. These quilts are wonderful and definitely work seeing as they depict the 100 years of Arizona's statehood.

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Reviewed 2 August 2012

The AHS has done a remarkable job of continuing on even though the State Legislature (funding) doesn't always appreciate the importance of historical perspective. The displays are well done and the library of data on Arizona is outstanding. Rather than pay an entrance fee, it's a better value to join the Arizona Historical Society and enter for free, with a couple of included guest passes for your visitors. Don't forget the other AHS museums in Yuma, Tempe and Flagstaff.

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Reviewed 22 June 2012

We're long-time members and always visit when down from Phoenix, but came specially for the centennial quilt show. It is amazing. There are DOZENS of quilts from quilters of all ages, backgrounds and abilities. The vast array of styles and subjects is just amazing. Make sure you see EVERY room as some quilts are hidden away. And they've really added some great books and jewelry, blown & fused glass pieces to the shop at very good prices. Don't miss this show!

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Reviewed 15 April 2012

kids loved the special kid section plus the mine exhibit. who knew that miners earned 3x any other profession back then.

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