101 North Stone Avenue Tucson, AZ 85701 +1 520 784 0551
Sonora is presently the most controversial piece of public art in Tucson. Since its installation in 1991, the painted steel structure in front of the main library downtown has elicited hostile responses from residents as well as very mixed reviews from the media. According to artist, Black, the concept was taken from Tucson's natural environment, reflecting the serrated peaks of the Sonoran desert and the cascading streams in Sabino Canyon, yet some people do not appreciate the stark contrast to the austere architecture of the library building in both style and color. You'll just have to go and see for yourself.
This is the earliest work of public art in Tucson. Situated in front of what is now Tucson's Children's Museum, it was created in 1920 by San Francisco architect Bernard Maybeck and artist Beniamino Bufano, then transported to Tucson by train. Designed in a neoclassical style to fit the neoclassical building next to it, the monument commemorates the days of Tucson's rugged pioneers.
400 South Main Avenue Tucson, AZ 85701 +1 520 624 1817
There is an intriguing legend behind this shrine on Main Street near the old historic barrio, a story involving broken hearts and crimes of passion, but you'll have to read the plaque mounted on it to discover the tale. El Tiradito has been part of local folklore for a long time and is now a national historic site. Take a peek and make your own wish.
264 East Congress Street Tucson, AZ 85701 +1 520 792 4503
This place has been an institution for the visual arts in Tucson for 20 years educating the public about contemporary art. Managed as a non-profit organization by the artists themselves, this gallery hosts two to three juried exhibitions of local artists each year, as well as visiting artists from home and abroad. The art exhibited is experimental and challenging, as might be expected from a contemporary gallery. A donation is suggested.
410 East Toole Avenue Tucson, AZ 85701 +1 520 792 3466
In Saguaro Artisans El Presidio Historic District, watch the artists at work, possibly making the piece of jewelry you ordered the other day. Local artisans take turns working in the shop, right before your eyes. All of the art here is handmade, ranging from clothing to southwest pottery. Also available, Books and southwestern food to take home.
200 South Sixth Avenue Tucson, AZ 85701 +1 520 792 9985
Located in downtown Tucson, the Tucson Children's Museum offers interactive exhibit areas that allow children to explore and discover for themselves in galleries. In the past galleries have included Dinosaur Canyon, the TCM Bakery and Farmer's Market, Wee World, the ZOOMzone, the Ocean Discovery Center, and others. Please visit the website for dates and times of daily featured activities.
192 South Stone Avenue Tucson, AZ 85701 +1 520 623 6351
As the biggest Catholic church in the city, St. Augustine Cathedral is one of the most splendid architecture with its high interior, tall windows and dome. Built in 1896, and renovated in 1967, it is a particularly imposing sight during late evening hours. A special attraction is the colorful Mariachi mass Sundays at 8a, delivered in Spanish-your chance to get a taste of Tucson's rich Hispanic heritage.
151 South Granada Avenue Tucson, AZ 85701 +1 520 622 0956
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.
6611 North Taylor Lane Tucson, AZ 85743 +1 800 638 8350
Enjoy horseback riding and goat hugging offered by owners Connie and Al Kazal on their ranch in the rugged foothills of the Tucson Mountains. Bring your children, lots of film and a picnic basket including plenty of bread, (to feed the chickens). But be sure to call ahead for reservations. Take pictures of your kids hugging the horses and feeding the goats. Grandparents are known to enjoy this kind of stuff, too. Visit the gift shop before you leave.
140 North Main Avenue Tucson, AZ 85701 +1 520 624 2333
The Tucson Museum has moved from exhibiting mostly American Western art, as well as Latin American art, contemporary and modern art. The museum shop features works by some of Arizona's most talented artists. Children under 12 and members are admitted free of charge and it's free for all on the first Sunday of the month. If art is what intrigues you, this place is a must-visit.
Located on the University of Arizona campus, University of Arizona
Museum of Art is home to a remarkable collection of Renaissance as well as 19th to 20th century art including works of such giants as Rembrandt, Rodin, Georgia O'Keefe, ...
A place dedicated to the work of well known Tucson
artist Diana Madaras, this gallery showcases originals, prints, calendars and note cards in an intimate setting. Her paintings, which have been exhibited in the Tucson Museum of Art as ...
Metropolitan Tucson Convention and Visitors Bureau
They're here to serve you, so stop by the MTCVB
offices downtown, especially if you are a first time visitor to Tucson, and let the friendly staff help you organize your visit to Tucson as efficiently as possible. Listen ...