MUSEUMSARIZONA HISTORICAL SOCIETY. 949 E. Second St. 628-5774. Continuing through August 31: Welcome to Tucson, a perspective on the Orndorff Hotel circa 1900. Museum visitors become patrons in the lobby of the Orndroff Hotel from Tucson's Territorial days--register in the recreated lobby, and peruse information about the costs of rooms, meals, and entertainment way back when. Continuing through September 30: Breaking The Mold: Spanish Glasswork in Utilitarian Contexts. Ongoing exhibits include: 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. Observe raptors such as a Harris' hawk, a great horned owl, or a turkey vulture close-up at 10:30 a.m. daily at the Raptor Interpretation. Meet a kingsnake, a scorpion or maybe a tarantula at one of the Live Animal Interpretations given daily at 8:30, 9:30, 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. The museum offers a daily variety of additional informative and entertaining guided tours and walks. Museum hours are 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Sunday. Admission is $8.95, $1.75 for kids 12 and under. Group discounts available.
ARIZONA STATE MUSEUM. UA campus, east of University Boulevard at Park Avenue. 621-6302. Exhibits include Paths of Life: American Indians of the Southwest, which combines historic and contemporary art and artifacts with high-tech displays depicting the origins and history of Indians native to Arizona and Sonora. Mexican Masks: Faces of the Fiesta, includes 350 colorful Mexican folk masks. Newly opened is: Ancient Images: Plants and Animals of the Prehistoric Southwest, featuring plants and animals of ancient Arizona. 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 begins a new and exciting children's line-up, just in time for summer! Kids four to six years-old are introduced to a pet robot who teaches them about the planets, stars and more in Magic Sky, playing at 10 a.m. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Our Place in Space introduces kids grades one through three to a group of endangered animals, as they learn the cause of day and night, and other aspects of the universe, at 10 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday. Kids grades one through four can meet Rusty Rocket at 11 a.m. Monday through Friday, and accompany him on his last mission, learning about rocket physics, planets in the solar system, and more. Kids and parents of all ages will also enjoy Dinosaur Chronicles, playing at 1:30 p.m., and the Family Laser Show, playing at 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. All seats for matinee shows are $4. Ask about Flandrau's exhibits and evening laser shows. 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.
GADSEN-PACIFIC TOY TRAIN OPERATING MUSEUM. Foothills Mall. 7401 N. La Cholla Blvd. See and operate antique and contemporary toy trains at this free museum Friday through Sunday during mall hours. Call Bud Stewart at 749-0228 for information.
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. Find summer fun at the Children's Museum! Make a Kachina, a worry doll, a dragon or a Japanese fan from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday with Multicultural Art. Check out live tarantulas, bug bones, skulls and shells Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday with Bugs, Bones, and Beaches. Teen docents use their creativity to carry on the traditional art of storytelling on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. Museum hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4 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. The Museum's Monsoon Special offers admission of just $2 per person from 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. Call 792-9985 for program registration and 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.
YOZEUM. 2900 N. Country Club Road. 322-0100. Museum hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. On display are all kinds of yo-yos, from styles popular in the 1920s to current designs, and yo-yo memorabilia. The owner of the museum is Don Duncan, Jr., son of the founder of Duncan Yo-Yos. Groups and schools can call ahead to arrange for a tour. Free admission.
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