The Arizona State Museum is the oldest and largest anthropology museum in the Southwest, established in 1893. Its collections are world renowned in the study and research of the indigenous peoples and lands of the American Southwest and northern Mexico. Its research library holds over 50,000 specialized titles in these subject areas, while its archives houses the papers and field notes of such Southwestern anthropologist legends as Emil Haury, Grenville Goodwin, Edward and Rosamond Spicer, and Clara Lee Tanner.
The museum's curators safeguard the world's largest whole-vessel collection of Southwest Indian pottery, designated as a Save America's Treasures, a White House preservation initiative. Other unique collections include the largest collection of Casa Grandes pottery, one of the largest collections of Seri material in the US and over 500 Mexican folk masks from the renowned Cordry Collection.
The museum serves as the state's official archaeological repository, housing over 150,000 catalogued artifacts and over 250,000 photographs and prints, making it the largest non-federal repository in the country, second only to the Smithsonian Institution. Additionally, museum staff administers the state's Antiquities Act and issue permits for archaeological projects and surveys across the state. These archaeological reports are available in the research library and searchable through the online catalog located at http://www.statemuseum.arizona.edu/collections/library-58
Arizona State Museum
University of Arizona
1013 E University Blvd
Tucson, AZ 85721-0026
Hours of Operation
The galleries and museum store (located in the north building) are open seven days a week Monday-Saturday 10AM to 5PM (the store is closed from 12:30PM -1:00PM) and on Sunday noon to 5PM, excluding state holidays. PH (520) 626-5886. Online at http://www.statemuseum.arizona.edu/exhibits_events http://www.statemuseum.arizona.edu/visit/museum-store-91
The research library is open to the public Monday-Thursday 10:00AM-3:00PM, excluding state holidays. The collection is non-circulating. PH 520.621.4695. Online at http://www.statemuseum.arizona.edu/collections/library-58
The Archives is open by appointment only Monday-Friday 8AM-5PM, excluding state holidays. Please contact the Archivist for an appointment at PH 520.621.2970. Online at http://www.statemuseum.arizona.edu/collections/archives-201
The Photo Collections is open by appointment Monday-Friday 8AM-5PM, excluding state holidays. Please contact the department at PH 520.621.2445. Online at http://www.statemuseum.arizona.edu/collections/photography
Rights & Reproduction
Contact the Arizona State Museum for specific information concerning rights and reproduction.