MUSEUMSARIZONA HISTORICAL SOCIETY. 949 E. Second St. 628-5774. Continuing through September: Un Tesoro de Plata: Spanish Colonial Silverwork. Drawn from works produced in the Viceroyalty of Peru, the exhibit explores the history and development of the silversmith's art in Spanish America. Continuing through February 14: Pieced Connections: Traditions of Quilting. Continuing: Geronimo and the Chiricahua Apache Experience. Continuing through March: Step Right Up: Patent Medicine in the Southwest, focusing on mail-order cures and self-medication from 1870 to 1906, before the passage of the Pure Food and Drug Act. Ongoing exhibits include: Welcome to Tucson, a perspective on the Orndorff Hotel circa 1900; Emergence: The South Park Story, 1940-1950, a photo exhibit tracing the development of the South Park neighborhood, located along Park Avenue south of 22nd Street; and Exploring 1870s Tucson, a hands-on exhibit for children. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.
ARIZONA-SONORA DESERT MUSEUM. 2021 N. Kinney Road. 883-2702. Take a "Green Thumb Tour" from 8 to 10 a.m. Tuesday, February 10, and see the new Pollination Gardens by ASDM Horticulturist Doug Larson. Larson will describe the horticultural requirements of plants used to attract pollinators like butterflies, bees, bats and hummingbirds, and share ideas for creating your own pollination garden at home. Cost is $16, $7 for members. Call Barbara Yates at 883-3022 for reservations. Take a Morning Bird Walk at 8:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays; a Live Animal Interpretation Tour at 8:30, 9:30, 10:30 a.m., and 1:30 p.m. daily; or a Raptor Interpretation at 10:30 a.m. daily. Museum hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Admission is $8.95, $1.75 for kids 12 and under. Group discounts available. Call 883-3022 for registration and information.
ARIZONA STATE MUSEUM. UA campus, east of University Boulevard at Park Avenue. 621-6302. Ongoing: The Hohokam: Ancient Farmers of the Desert, an exhibition on the irrigation systems, jewelry and ceramics of the early Hohokam people. Paths of Life: American Indians of the Southwest explores the origins, history and life today of American Indians in Arizona and Northwest Mexico. Mexican Masks: Faces of the Fiesta includes 300 colorful Mexican folk-masks. Ancient Images: Plants and Animals of the Prehistoric Southwest, featuring more than 100 examples of plants and animals in prehistoric art. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Sunday, and admission is free.
FLANDRAU SCIENCE CENTER. UA campus. 621-STAR. Flandrau's new Light Years From Andromeda show takes you on an intergalactic voyage to a planet where intelligent life evolves. Under Arizona Skies explores the constellations, planets and stars that grace Arizona's clear and beautiful night sky. Dinosaur Chronicles is a fun exploration into the eras of dinosaurs featuring dinosaurs and Earth's geology. There are also laser light shows which feature a variety of eye-popping lasers and music, including Pink Floyd's The Wall. Showtimes vary. Exhibit and show admission ranges from $2 to $6; telescope viewing is free. Call 621-STAR for information.
FORT LOWELL MUSEUM. 2900 N. Craycroft Road. 885-3832. On permanent display: The View From The Barracks, a photographic exhibit allowing a look at the daily life of enlisted men in the garrisons of the Southwest. And Surgeons, Scalpels and Malaria, a photographic exhibit documenting army medicine during the Apache Wars.
PIMA AIR MUSEUM. 6000 E. Valencia Road. 574-9658. On display are 185 military, commercial, and civilian aircraft, including a full-scale mock-up of Kitty Hawk, a presidential plane used by news media and JFK during the 1960s, numerous photos, air and space uniforms and memorabilia. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with last admittance at 4 p.m. Admission is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors and military and $3 for children ages 10 to 17. Free for aviation buffs under 10.
TUCSON CHILDREN'S MUSEUM. 200 S. Sixth Ave. 792-9985. Join the fun at the Museum with "Gems, Beads and Metalsmithing" at Saturday Artworks from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. "Pasta Beadwork" offers creative play on February 7. A friendship bracelet workshop meets on February 14; recycle paper into beads on February 21; and convert raisins, popcorn, cereal and pretzels into edible jewelry on February 28. Young metalsmith Mike Olson works with kids to make a pendant or pin from an amazing marble at Sunday Science, which runs from 1:30 to 3 p.m. on February 8 and 22. Museum hours are 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $3 for kids, $5 for adults and $4 for seniors. During the After School Special, admission is just $2 per person, and the third Sunday of every month is free for all! Call 792-9985 for information.
VETERANS MUSEUM. MarketPlace USA. 3750 E. Irvington Road. 740-9429. Displays depict contributions made by area veterans. Hours are noon to 9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. Volunteer docents needed.
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