Museums and Archives

The University of Arizona is home to exceptional museums and archives. Through collections-based research, teaching, and outreach, the UA’s museums share knowledge with local, national, and international audiences of all ages and backgrounds.

UA’s Arizona State Museum, established in 1893, is the region’s oldest and largest anthropological research museum, renowned for preserving, interpreting, and sharing the material culture of the U.S. Southwest and northern Mexico. The nation’s largest state-run archaeological repository, ASM’s continually growing collections are among the most significant available for studying the region’s 13,000-year human history. ASM curates 35,000 cubic feet of archaeological research material and more than 3 million catalogued objects, including the world's largest and most comprehensive collections of Southwest Indian pottery and American Indian basketry.. 

The Center for Creative Photography is the largest institution in the world devoted to North American photography, co-founded by Ansel Adams and boasting greater than 2,500 of his photograph prints. Altogether, the CCP houses over five million archival objects for use by researchers in the field.

The University of Arizona Museum of Art houses a collection including 6,000 painting, sculptures, prints, and drawings that span eight centuries and a range of artistic styles. The UAMA invites all community members to be a part of the dialogue and contribute their voices to the rich story of art in the Tucson community and beyond.