Science & Discovery

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Science & Discovery

Gem and Mineral Museum items

The Alfie Norville Gem & Mineral Museum

The Alfie Norville Gem & Mineral Museum is dedicated to providing public education, the preservation of minerals and meteorites while also serving the research needs of professionals, students and collectors. The collection is world-wide in scope, but with specific emphasis on minerals from Arizona and Mexico.

outside the Arboretum at UArizona

Campus Arboretum

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. Take a guided tour with an expert or use our convenient printed or mobile self-guided tours.

Flandrau Interior

Flandrau Science Center & Planetarium

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.

History of Pharmacy Museum

History of 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.

Tree-Ring Research building

Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research

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.

Museum of Optical Sciences building

Museum of Optical Sciences

See the world differently. The 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.

Mount Lemmon Sky Center observatory buildings

Mt. Lemmon Sky Center

Explore crystal clear visions of our universe from atop Mt. Lemmon using Arizona’s largest dedicated public telescopes. The spectacular SkyNights StarGazing program, Astronomer Nights, and additional workshops are must-sees for the astro-tourist. You can also download the Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter app from your app store.

Mirror lab at UArizona

Richard F. Caris Mirror Laboratory

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.

Osiris REx animated graphic

Space Imagery Center

The Space Imagery Center in the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory 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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