UA Attractions

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UA Attractions

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Tour the UA's living laboratories and world-class fine art and cultural attractions via guided and self-guided tours. See sample itineraries below.

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ARIZONA REPERTORY THEATRE

1025 N Olive Rd. • M–F 12–4 p.m. • Box Office: 520-621-1162 • theatre.arizona.edu

Experience an exciting theatrical season with hilarious comedies, intriguing dramas and outstanding musicals for everyone to enjoy! The acting company is made up of students from the BFA program in Acting and Musical Theatre. Students from the Design and Technology program also provide production support and serve as designers. The student training program is modeled after professional theatre companies and prepares students for a career in the entertainment industry. ART is proud to present six amazing productions each season with over 100 performances designed to delight and entertain. 

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ARIZONA STATE MUSEUM

1013 E University Blvd. • M–S 10 a.m.–5 p.m. • 520-626-8381 • statemuseum.arizona.edu

Experience the ancient indigenous and enduring Native cultures of Arizona, the American Southwest, and northern Mexico. The Smithsonian-affiliated Arizona State Museum is the oldest, largest anthropological research museum in the region (est. 1893), and home to the world's largest and most comprehensive collections of Southwest Indian pottery and American Indian basketry.

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CAMPUS ARBORETUM

1140 E South Campus • Email: infoarboretum@cals.arizona.edu • arboretum.arizona.edu

Explore the oldest continually-maintained public green space in Arizona. The entire University campus is designated a "Campus Arboretum" as it houses a diverse collection of plants from dry climates around the world. Come to campus to explore what we've learned from a century of research on desert landscapes - take a guided tour with an expert or use our convenient printed or mobile self-guided tours. Whether you're near or far, join thousands of global arboretum visitors through our online resources to learn about thousands of plant species suitable for solving the challenges of 21st century urban landscapes.

 

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CAMPUS RECREATION

1400 E 6th St. • For tour information • 520-626-9968 • rec.arizona.edu

Rated a LEED platinum-certified green building, Campus Recreation's 108,000 square-foot facility is more than just a gym - it's a social hub for the whole University that inspires, educates, and encourages healthy and active lifestyles. Day passes, short-term and affiliate memberships available. Work out, play, eat, shop and relax - all in one place!

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CENTER FOR CREATIVE PHOTOGRAPHY

1030 N Olive Rd. • T–F 9 a.m.–4 p.m., S 1–4 p.m. • 520-621-7968 • creativephotography.org

Experience this one-of-a-kind archive, museum, and research center dedicated to photography as an art form and cultural record. Rotating exhibits feature collections of Ansel Adams, Edward Weston, Garry Winogrand, Harry Callahan, and other great 20th century photographers.

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FLANDRAU SCIENCE CENTER & PLANETARIUM

1601 E University Blvd. • No reservations needed, open seven days a week • Call for hours of operation • 520-6214516 • flandrau.org

Take flight in Flandrau’s Eos Foundation Planetarium Theater to explore the marvels of our universe, from the ocean depths to the farthest reaches of space. Plus, you’ll love our hands-on exhibits and the dazzling specimens in the UA Mineral Museum.

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HISTORY OF PHARMACY MUSEUM

1703 E Mabel St. • M–F 8 a.m.–5 p.m. • 520-626-1042 • pharmacy.arizona.edu/centers/history-pharmacy-museum

The History of Pharmacy Museum is the best-kept secret at the University of Arizona. Its unique collection documents the pharmacy profession from the 19th and 20th centuries, complete with a full-scale replica of an old-time drugstore and the collection from the Upjohn Pharmacy in Disneyland.

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JIM CLICK HALL OF CHAMPIONS

1 National Championship Drive • M–F 8 a.m.–5 p.m., Sat 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. • For summer and holiday hours, please refer to our website • 520-621-2331 • arizonawildcats.com

Welcome to the Jim Click Hall of Champions at the University of Arizona. We are located on the north side of McKale and operate as an athletics heritage museum as well as a special event space.  As you arrive, you will be greeted by our newly installed Lute Olson statue near our main entrance off the Eddie Lynch Pavilion. Come and see our displays of over 100 years of outstanding student-athlete performances, traditions, events and spirit. Rotating exhibits feature both current and historic moments in UA sports and legendary student-athletes and coaches.

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LABORATORY OF TREE-RING RESEARCH

1215 E Lowell St. • 520-621-1608 • ltrr.arizona.edu

Learn the insightful stories trees can tell, including fire history, climate conditions, and even public health. This globally recognized lab advances tree-ring techniques and applications within the social and environmental sciences. Docent-led tours are offered several days each month and are approximately one hour.

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MAIN GATE SQUARE

814 E University Blvd. • 520-622-8613 • maingatesquare.com

Shop at chic boutiques and dine on sumptuous cuisine prepared by many local Tucson restaurateurs at one of the streetcar’s most popular stops.

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UA MINERAL MUSEUM

1601 E University Blvd. • Located downstairs at Flandrau Science Center, shared hours of operation • 520-621-4227 • uamineralmuseum.org

Shine your eyes on an exquisite collection of minerals, gemstones, fossils, and meteorite specimens from Arizona, Mexico, and around the world. Don’t miss this “hidden gem” on the UA campus.

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MUSEUM OF OPTICS

1630 E University Blvd. • Located within the Meinel Optical Sciences Building • 520-621-6997 • www.optics.arizona.edu/outreach/museum

See the world differently. The UA’s College of Optical Sciences offers a close-up view of its collection of historic telescopes, microscopes, lenses, and cameras. These spectacular specimens represent the world’s most respected instrument makers, dating back to the 18th century.

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POETRY CENTER

1508 E Helen St. • M–S, Call for hours of operation • 520-626-3675 • poetry.arizona.edu

Become well-versed in the spirit of poetry with more than 70,000 poetry- related items housed in one of our country’s premier literary arts centers. The internationally renowned library collection, exhibitions, readings, lectures, classes, and family activities are available year-round.

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RICHARD F. CARIS MIRROR LABORATORY

527 National Championship Drive • Reservations required • 520-626-8792 • mirrorlab.as.arizona.edu

Reflect on the enormity of telescope technology as you tour the behind-the-scenes processes required to make the world’s largest, most complex telescope mirrors. The lenses to the universe are created right below the Arizona Stadium.

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SCHOOL OF THEATRE, FILM & TELEVISION

1025 N. Olive Rd. • M-F 12:00 - 4:00 p.m.• Box Office: 520-621-1162 • tftv.arizona.edu

Let the students at the UA School of Theatre, Film & Television amaze you with their incredible talent and intense creative passion.  Engage in a variety of theatrical performances, student film screenings, special film presentations, and so much more.  These exciting programs and events enable students to gain valuable skills and experience while sharing their talent with the public, and preparing them for a successful career in the entertainment industry

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SPACE IMAGERY CENTER

Kuiper Space Sciences Building, Room 450 • 1629 E University Blvd. Call to arrange a visit • 520-621-4861 • lpl.arizona.edu/sic

The Space Imagery Center in the University of Arizona's Lunar and Planetary Laboratory (LPL) is a NASA Regional Planetary Image Facility started in the 1970's to give the public access to images from NASA missions. The facility houses archive materials from Apollo, Viking, Magellan and other missions. LPL has been involved in NASA missions since the first robotic mission to the moon, Ranger, and now leads the OSIRIS-REx mission, which will collect and return a sample from asteroid Bennu.

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STUDENT UNION MEMORIAL CENTER

1303 E University Blvd. • Call for hours • 520-621-7755 • union.arizona.edu

Taste delicious foods from dozens of eateries, including vegetarian, vegan, kosher, and gluten-free options. This retail, dining, and entertainment attraction also features a copy center, computer lab, and Gallagher Theatre, showing today’s blockbuster movies every Thursday and Sunday on a 26’ x 11’ screen in THX and Dolby Digital Sound.

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UA DANCE/STEVIE ELLER DANCE THEATRE

1737 E University Blvd. • 520-621-4698 • dance.arizona.edu

Home to the UA Dance Ensemble, this award-winning, state-of-the-art complex hosts rehearsals and more than 40 breathtaking performances a year for the public. UA Dance offers a performance season presenting ballet, jazz and modern dance works.

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UA MUSEUM OF ART

1031 N Olive Rd. • M 12–5 p.m., T–F 9 a.m.–5 p.m., S–SU 12–4 p.m. • 520-621-7567 • artmuseum.arizona.edu

See the world through a colorful collection of visual arts. With more than 5,000 paintings, sculptures, prints, and drawings, with an emphasis on European and American fine art, the UA Museum of Art illustrates the importance of art in society.

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UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA BOOKSTORES

1209 E University Blvd. • 520-621-2426 • shop.arizona.edu

Explore the official campus bookstore — your source for everything from Arizona Wildcat gear, tech devices and accessories, course materials, and best- selling books, to book signings, story time for kids, and special events. As a university-owned and operated store, purchases support student success through scholarships, student clubs funding, student employment, and more!

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UA LIBRARIES, SPECIAL COLLECTIONS

1510 E University Blvd. • M–F 9 a.m.–6 p.m. • 520-621-6423 • speccoll.library.arizona.edu

Discover a treasure trove of historical Southwestern documents and photos, and unique, unusual books, letters, and manuscripts, only at the UA. Changing exhibits present a variety of topics from indigenous languages to video gaming.

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UA PRESENTS

Centennial Hall • 1020 E University Blvd. • Box Office: 520-621-3341 • uapresents.org

Escape for an afternoon or evening in the world’s finest dance, classical, jazz, blues, and world music as UA Presents brings awe-inspiring events to Southern Arizona each year. Most performances are held in historic Centennial Hall on the UA campus.

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UA VISITOR CENTER

811 N Euclid Avenue • M–F 9 a.m.–5 p.m. • Parking and Internet Access • email: visitor@email.arizona.edu • 520-621-5130 • visitorcenter.arizona.edu

Orient yourself to 393 acres of stunning architecture, history, and discovery in the heart of Tucson. The UA’s Visitor Center is the ultimate resource for information about the UA and Southern Arizona, and the starting point for campus tours.

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Sample Self-Guided Itineraries

Building numbers next to each attraction correspond with the map below. See descriptions for each attraction above.

THE ASTRO-TOURIST

Explore the beauty of space and our universe from some of the country's best-known astronomic hotspots.

  • Flandrau Science Center & Planetarium - 15
  • Museum of Optics - 13
  • Student Union Memorial Center (Lunch) - 8
  • Richard F. Carris Mirror Laboratory - 11
  • Main Gate Square or hop on the streetcar to venture downtown (Dinner) - 20
  • Stargazing at Mt. Lemmon
THE WORKS

Go all out with this comprehensive, must-see experience of the University of Arizona.

  • Jim Click Hall of Champions - 12
  • Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research - 9
  • Student Union Memorial Center (Lunch) - 8
  • Flandrau Science Center and the Mineral Museum - 15
  • Richard F. Carris Mirror Laboratory - 11
  • UA Bookstore - 7
  • John P. Shaefer Center for Creative Photography - 4
  • The University of Arizona Museum of Art - 2
  • Main Gate Square or hop on the streetcar to venture downtown (Dinner) - 20
  • Centennial Hall - 6
THE ARTIST'S MUSE

Excite your imagination as you enjoy artists' work across a variety of mediums

  • John P. Shaefer Center for Creative Photography - 4
  • The University of Arizona Museum of Art - 2
  • Student Union Memorial Center (Lunch) - 8
  • Arizona State Museum - 5
  • Main Gate Square or hop on the streetcar to venture downtown (Dinner) - 20
  • A show at any of our on-campus facilities (Shows vary throughout the year)

See the UA's alluring and vibrant performing arts at Centennial Hall, the Stevie Eller Dance Theatre, or any of our other theaters on campus.

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UA Visitor Center Map

Start at the UA Visitor Center for directions and parking information. 

Off-Site Attractions

BIOSPHERE 2

32540 S Biosphere Road, Oracle, AZ 85623 • Open daily 9 a.m.–4 p.m. • Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day 520-838-6200 • b2science.org

Explore the living laboratory named one of the 50 wonders of the world that is delivering better answers to questions about landscape evolution and water sustainability in arid zones. A half day is recommended for this trip.

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DRAKE BUILDING, OSIRIS-REx TOURS

1415 N Sixth Avenue • Tour times and dates to be announced • 520-621-6963 • lpl.arizona.edu

Learn all about the UA-led OSIRIS-REx sample-return mission to the asteroid Bennu. The UA’s Lunar and Planetary Laboratory Business Office, located in the Drake Building, is home to the OSIRIS-REx mission that will sample an asteroid for the first time in US history.

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SKYCENTER AT MT. LEMMON

At the top of Mt. Lemmon • 1540 E 2nd St. • 520-626-8122 • skycenter.arizona.edu

Explore crystal clear visions of our universe from atop Mt. Lemmon using Arizona’s largest dedicated public telescopes. The spectacular SkyNights StarGazing program — a five-hour program with a rare view of the sunset and a light dinner — Astronomer Nights, and additional workshops are must-sees for the astro-tourist. Download the Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter app from the Apple App Store or Google Play for Android phones.

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