Science & Discovery
Explore the oldest continually-maintained public green space in Arizona. The entire University campus is designated an arboretum as it houses a diverse collection of plants from dry climates around the world. Come 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.
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.
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.
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.
Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter is home to Steward Observatory's public astronomy outreach program and is located high above the city of Tucson, Arizona. Our exceptional science programs take place on the summit of a Sky Island, at an elevation of 9,157 feet. Operating under permit from the U.S. Forest Service, we proudly provide access to the Schulman 32" inch and the Phillips 24" telescopes. These are two of the largest telescopes available for public outreach in the Southwest.
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.