MUSEUMSARIZONA HISTORICAL SOCIETY. 949 E. Second St. 628-5774. Continuing through December 30: Angels of Restoration: San Xavier, a photographic exhibit of the mission from the AHS collection, as well as a collection of photographs of the restoration work currently underway. Ongoing exhibits include: Welcome to Tucson, a perspective on the Orndorff Hotel circa 1900, in which museum visitors become patrons in the lobby of the Orndroff Hotel from Tucson's Territorial days. Emergence: The South Park Story, 1940-1950, is 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. Cool off with Summer Saturday Evenings outdoors at the museum. After sunset, paths and exhibits are set aglow until 10 p.m., with docents and staff available to answer questions and offer insights. Throughout the month of August check out Night Bloomers: bats, moths, and bugs glowing by blacklight. The museum offers a daily variety of informative, 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. Paths of Life: American Indians of the Southwest 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. Long-term exhibits include Ancient Images: Plants and Animals of the Prehistoric Southwest, spotlighting 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's newest show, The New Martians, follows the discovery and research of the Mars Meteorite sample ALH84OO1. The New Martians explores claims for and against possible fossilized life on Mars, and looks into the future of research into life on Mars and other planets. It plays at 2:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, with extra shows at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Saturday. Due to its technical nature, program is generally not suited for kids under age 10. Other planetarium shows include the following: Magic Sky, for kids ages 4 to 6, is a robot-guided tour of the galaxy, leaving at 10 a.m. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Our Place in Space introduces kids grades 1 through 3 to endangered animals, the cause of day and night, and other aspects of the universe, and shows at 10 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday. Kids grades 1 through 4 can accompany Rusty Rocket on his last mission, learning a little bit about rocket physics and planets along the way. Show time is 11 a.m. Monday through Friday. Dinosaur Chronicles, an all-ages show, plays at 1:30 p.m. weekdays, followed by the Family Laser Show, at 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. In conjunction with Dinosaur Chronicles, Flandrau presents a new exhibit featuring reproductions of dinosaur fossils from the Great Russian Dinosaurs Exhibition. All seats for matinee shows are $4. 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.
SOSA-CARRILLO-FRÉMONT HOUSE. 151 S. Granada Ave. 622-0586. Opening August 22 and continuing through November 28: George Hand's Tucson, 1862-1887, the celebrated diaries describing life, death, festivals, and almost everything that happened in territorial Tucson from his arrival in 1862 until his death in 1887. The exhibit also features previously unseen scrapbooks, photographs, and other memorabilia. Selections from the writings of Hand's contemporaries will also be on display. Museum hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Admission is free, but donations are welcome.
TUCSON CHILDREN'S MUSEUM. 200 S. Sixth Ave. 792-9985. Find summer fun at the Children's Museum! Make a pet rock, a crystal garden, or a fossil print of your own hand at Rocks, Crystals, And Fossil Fun, from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. 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, and the third Sunday of every month is Free! 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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