Daily Tours

  • Tuesday
    11:00 am & 2:00 pm
  • Wednesday
    11:00 am & 2:00 pm
  • Thursday
    11:00 am & 2:00 pm
  • Friday
    11:00 am & 2:00 pm
  • Saturday
    11:00 am & 2:00 pm
  • Sunday
    2:00 pm

Daily tours are dependent on the availability of our volunteers. Please call the Museum Store at 520-624-2333 ext. 117 to confirm.

Public Tours

Daily docent-led tours are offered year round for both the permanent collections and special exhibitions. Tours are open to the public, and free with Museum admission. Check with the information desk when you arrive at the Museum for tour information.

Current Schedule

Tuesday: Western Art at 11:00 AM and Art of Latin America at 2:00 PM
Wednesday: Corbett House and Historic Block at 11:00 am; Highlights at 2:00 pm
Thursday: Historic Block at 11:00 am; Major Exhibit at 2:00 pm
Friday: Highlights at 11:00 am; Major Exhibit at 2:00 pm
Saturday: Major Exhibit at 11:00 am; Western Art at 2:00 pm
Sunday: Highlights at 2:00 pm

Panel Discussions and Lectures

Throughout the year, the Museum presents tours, discussions, and lectures by scholars and artists that enhance the appreciation of art through education and enlightenment of the artistic process. These programs are open to the public and free with Museum admission.

Scheduled Tours

Private docent-led tours of the permanent collection or special exhibitions are available for groups traveling through Tucson or living in the area. Cost is $10 per person; $8 for seniors (65+); group rates are available. At least four weeks in advance of your desired date will be needed to schedule a private tour. If you have any questions, contact the Education Department at 520-624-2333 ext. 120.

Tour Reservation Form
  • Three weeks are required for scheduling; if you wish to request a tour with shorter notice please call the Associate Curator of Education at 520 – 624 -2333 ext. 120
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Art Talks Information

Between January and March 2016 the Docent Council will present Art Talks, the popular series of lectures examining the art and artists who have influenced the world. Attendees will engage with a diverse selection of artists, performers, curators, scholars, authors and critics, and participate in activities that encourage life-long learning. All programs are designed to pique curiosity and stimulate creativity, nurture learning and understanding, and enhance the appreciation and enjoyment of art.

2016 Art Talks – Education Center Auditorium
Free with Museum Admission

Wednesdays at 1:30 PM

January 6

Chuck Tampio– “American Memory in Stone and Steel: National Monuments of Tragedy and Triumph” American civic art is a unique part of our creative landscape with a strong emotional dimension and a distinct message.


January 13

Harry Hakason- ”You Call that Art?! The Armory Show of 1913” Factors that led to the Armory Show and its lasting impact on American Art.


January 20

Kay Jensen- “Masters of Bling: Carl Faberge, Rene Lalique and Louis Comfort Tiffany” The Paris Exposition of 1900 was the only time the three masters of the deluxe exhibited together; what a rare occasion to behold!


January 27

Bill Obenchain- “David, David, David” A look at David as portrayed by Donatello, Michelangelo and Bernini and how these artists reflected the history, personalities and artistic styles of their time.


February 3

Susan Hill- “Stories of the Human Spirit: The Photography of Steve McCurry” Understanding and appreciating those who are different from ourselves through photography of the global village and human family.


February 10

Diane Foray– “A Perfect Red: Its Fascinating History of Desire and Discovery”  A fiery look at the obsession and pursuit of the most captivating color on earth.


February 17

Ellie Eigen– “Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele: Before and After The KissHighlights of the art of Gustav Klimt, artist of The Woman in Gold, and his disciple, Egon Schiele.


February 24

Vida Thomas- “Grandma Moses: An American Primitive” A charming overview of the life and work of Grandma Moses.


March 2

Kalli Deschamps- “The Amazing Fibre Art of Sheila Hicks” Traces the fifty-year history of the world-renowned fibre artist, Sheila Hicks.


March 9

Carlye Dundon- “The Art of Traditional Japanese Living” Japanese architecture, gardens and tools for living embrace serenity and harmony with nature.


March 16

Linda Friedman-“Trucks! Chickens! Grandmas on Goats” Welcome to the vibrant world of Navajo Folk Art. We’ll discover creative art and artists whose charming and whimsical designs reflect the lives of the Navajo people.


March 23

Karen Owsowitz– “Richard Diebenkorn and the Point of Departure” This American heir of Matisse and Cezanne restored to late Modernism its faded sense of the sublime with extraordinary intelligence and sensitivity.


March 30

David Zucker- “Heroines of the Abstract Expressionist Movement: Lee Krasner, Helen Frankenthaler, Joan Mitchell” These artists are distinguished for bold color and shape and are the most prominent of the women painters of the ‘second generation’ of the Abstract Expressionist period- the 1930’s through the 1950’s.

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