Arizona State Museum

While you’re in Tucson for Alumafiesta you’ll have the opportunity to tour the wonderful Arizona State Museum. Located on the University of Arizona campus, the state museum is the largest (and oldest) of its kind in the Southwest and is the hub of southwest anthropology research and preservation.

The collections (and the renowned museum experts) are “among the world’s most significant resources for the study of southwestern cultures,” states their website.

The museum is home to the world’s largest collection of whole Southwest Indian pottery, and the collection of Native American basketry is vast, as well: more than 25,000+ rare woven items that include outstanding examples of rare and impressive baskets, sandals, mats, and more.

Some of the nation’s earliest and most rare examples of Navajo textiles are there, too—including one of the largest Navajo rugs ever woven.

That’s just the tip of the iceberg…er, saguaro. More than three million objects are held in the museum, including thousands and thousands of archaeological and ethnographic artifacts, photographs, rare books, maps, and even sound recordings. And Mexican folk masks. And vertebrate skeletons. What’s NOT in this museum?

Don’t worry, a tour guide will break it all down for you. Alumafiesta attendees will be treated to an exclusive curator tour with access to the conservation lab, pottery vault, and basket vault. In addition, you’ll meet the archaeologists, and a museum expert will lead a fascinating one-hour tour of the Paths of Life exhibit.

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The Mini Time Machine

Mini time museumBe transported to a teeny tiny world like you’ve never seen before during an offisite tour to this offbeat museum during Alumafiesta.

Whether you’re a fan of “doll houses” or not, you’ll be stunned by the immense detail and intricate artistry of the antique and contemporary models and objects at the remarkable Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures in Tucson.

You’ll feel like Gulliver among the Lilliputians as you move through the interactive displays that depict varying themes and historical eras. The permanent collection contains over 275 miniature houses and room boxes (including one of the oldest miniature houses in the country, built in 1775); examples of miniatures used in cultures around the world; minute, fully-functioning tools; and a real—as in, a musician could actually play it—ultra-miniature violin.

“My husband and I spent hours in awe of the meticulous craftsmanship of the tiny replicas of everyday life across many time periods,” writes an online reviewer. “It was amazing. The level of detail is mind-blowing.”

Learn “how miniatures are used in society, and their importance to our future” through this informative video. “Art comes in all shapes and sizes,” the narrator states, “and some of the most highly regarded forms of art are smaller in scale.”

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