Arizona State Museum
Arizona State Museum offers many opportunities to experience the vibrant and enduring Native cultures of the region through content-rich exhibits, dynamic docent tours, engaging programs, exciting travel tours, hands-on workshops, a research library, and an educational museum store.
Current exhibits (as of Summer 2023) include Ancient—Modern: Continuity and Innovation in Southwest Native Jewelry and Woven Through Time: American Treasures of Native Basketry and Fiber Art. Check the latest exhibit list here.
Watch this Arizona Public Media video about the history of the museum and what you'll find when you visit here.
Exhibits are also available online, including stories about items like the canteen you see below. Click here for those online options.
Established in 1893, Arizona State Museum is:
- The oldest and largest anthropology museum in the Southwest
- One of the original research units established at the University of Arizona
- Curator of more than 3 million catalogued objects
- The largest and busiest state-run archaeological repository in the nation
- Home of the world’s largest and most comprehensive collection of Southwest Indian pottery, designated an American Treasure (22,000 whole vessels dating back 2,000 years)
- Home of the world’s largest and most comprehensive collection of American Indian basketry, designated an American Treasure (25, 000 woven objects dating back 8,000 years)
- Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums
- An affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution