Tucson has a rich Southwestern culture and heritage – we highly recommend to visit the at least one Tucson museum when you come to Arizona for the Tucson Gem Show!
Biosphere 2 – is an incredible architectural building, but not only, the main purpose was to create Earth systems for science research. Its mission is to serve as a center for research, outreach, teaching, and lifelong learning about Earth, its living systems, and its place in the universe. The building and territory is a 3.14-acre (1.27-hectare) structure originally built to be an artificial, materially closed ecological system, or vivarium. Even still, It remains the largest closed system ever created.
32540 South Biosphere Road, Mile marker 96.5, Oracle, AZ 85623
800 828 2462, 520 825 1289
You can buy tickets here
Mission San Xavier del Bac
Mission San Xavier del Bac – is a historic monument, that is an architectural masterpiece, was founded as a Catholic mission by Father Eusebio Kino in 1692. This is the oldest intact European structure in Arizona, the church’s interior is filled with marvelous original statuary and mural paintings. There are not so many authentic ancient religious institutions around the US and it is a place where visitors can “dive” into the history, religion or just enjoy the beauty of 18th century mission. They also have educational classes. There is no admission charge
Mission San Xavier del Bac
1950 W. San Xavier Road
Tucson, AZ 85746-7409
520 294 2624
Sonora Desert Museum
Arizona – Sonora Desert Museum – the 98 acre Desert Museum is a life time experience: zoo, botanical garden, art gallery, natural history museum, and aquarium.
- 21 interpreted acres with two miles of walking paths through various desert habitats
- 230 animal species
- 1,200 types of plants — 56,000 individual specimens
- One of the world’s most comprehensive regional mineral collections
And much more, it is interesting for all ages.
2021 N. Kinney Rd., Tucson AZ 85743 U.S.A.
520 883 2702
Admission rates are here
Kitt Peak National Observatory
Kitt Peak National Observatory – National Optical Astronomy Observatory
Kitt Peak National Observatory (KPNO), supports the most diverse collection of astronomical observatories on Earth for nighttime optical and infrared astronomy and daytime study of the Sun.
You can read about tours, admissions, gift shop, etc., here
Highway 86 to 386 for 12 miles, Sells, AZ85634
520 318 8726
Tucson Botanical Gardens
Tucson Botanical Gardens – Tucson Botanical Gardens is the BEST Secret Garden in America. It has one of the greatest plants collections, especially the ones that grow in the desert, and it shows an example how to use desert plants to save water and keep the environment beautiful, what is especially helpful now, the time of draught. Beside enormous plants collection, they have butterfly house, classes, tours, café and resting area.
Hours and admission – here
2150 North Alvernon Way, Tucson, AZ 85712
520 326 9686
B&B Cactus Farm
B & B Cactus Farm – this is 2 acres of the widest collection of cacti, with many greenhouses and outside areas filled with cacti and succulents of all types for garden lovers and landscape designers. They also have a great collection of pottery for sale. Including Saguaro cacti, tree-like enormous cactus specie.
11550 East Speedway Boulevard, Tucson, AZ85748
520 721 4687
Old Western Tucson
Old Western Tucson – if you are a fan or fancier of western/cowboy movies then this is the place for you. Walking the main street will make you recognize many of the storefronts and buildings you have seen in many, many western movies. And even if you are not a huge fan of old western movies, this is still a really neat place to visit!
You can buy tickets here
201 South Kinney Rd, Tucson, AZ 85735
520 883 0100
DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun
For art lovers: astonishing galleries and studios to enjoy and buy unique art fulfilled with history, juicy colors, desert landscapes for moderate local prices
DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun – a wonderful place to visit and enjoy the art with the possibility to buy. There are over 15,000 works of art here by the renowned painter, sculptor and ceramicist Ettore “Ted” DeGrazia; there is Permanent collection, Rotating collection and Little gallery.
6300 N. Swan Road, Tucson, AZ 85718
520 299 9191
Admission fees here
Philabaum Glass Gallery &
Philabaum Glass Gallery & Studio – if you love glass in all its myriad forms or an art lover period this place is for you. Stunning glass art, most of it for sale at reasonable prices. And if you are lucky to catch glass masters, who usually works right there, you can witness the masterpiece creation.
711 South 6th Avenue, Tucson, AZ 85701
520 8847 404
Etherton Gallery – is an amazing Tucson treasure! Etherton Gallery specializes in vintage and contemporary fine art photography, paintings, prints, sculpture, and mixed-media works by local and regional artists.
135 South 6th Avenue, Tucson, AZ 85701
520 624 7370
Madaras Gallery – this is a privately owned art gallery, that differs in its own way from listed above. The art works are unique, fresh and simply beautiful. You can order/buy right away what is displayed in the gallery, art works presented in different sizes and it can be either canvas or high quality print
3001 E. Skyline, Tucson, AZ
520 615 3001
Arte de la Vida
Arte de la Vida – authentic amazing vintage of Mexican Folk Art.
37 N. Tucson Blvd, Tucson, AZ 85716
520 398 6720
H.F. Coors Pottery
H.F. Coors – handmade/painted pottery. High restaurant quality dishes and they don’t sell in stores, only make restaurant ware and over the internet, so if you want some pieces, this is the place to g
1600 S Cherrybell Stra, Tucson, AZ 85713
520 903 1010
Fox Tucson Theatre
Fox Tucson Theater – theater was brought back to live in late 90s with the mission to bring back cultural theater experience into the community. Nowadays it offers high quality performing arts, cultural activities and films in order to inspire, excite, entertain, engage and educate guests from all over Southern Arizona. You can check events schedule here
17 W Congress St, Tucson, AZ 85701
520 547 3040