MUSICARIZONA 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 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 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. 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 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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