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Tucson, AZ 85701 United States
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January 2022

Docent Art Talks: The Harlem Renaissance – The Awakening of Black Pride Through the Arts [VIRTUAL]

January 26 at 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block, 140 North Main Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85701 United States

By exploring the history of the Harlem Renaissance, we will examine the fight for dignity, self-expression, and equality by African Americans through the arts. In doing so, we will discuss the dominant American values of freedom, equality, racism, and group superiority. Art Talks take place every Wednesday from January through April at 1:30 p.m. They are presented by members of the TMALearn! Docent Council. RESERVE TICKETS

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February 2022

Docent Art Talks: Let’s Meet in the Garden: A Look At Ten Artists Who Cultivated and Painted Gardens [VIRTUAL]

February 2 at 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block, 140 North Main Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85701 United States

Throughout history, flowers and gardens have been favorite subjects of artists. Join us on a tour as we visit the homes and gardens of ten artists whose floral expressions are as varied as the artists themselves. This talk will help us appreciate each artist’s relationship with nature and remind us of how gardens provide us with a sense of joy. Art Talks take place every Wednesday from January through April at 1:30 p.m. They are presented by members of the…

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February Free First Thursday! Noble, Proud, Wise, Lordly: Art of the Jaguar

February 3 at 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block, 140 North Main Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85701 United States

First Thursday of every month 5–8 p.m. Free Museum Admission Performances | Activities | Lectures This month, inspired by Noble, Proud, Wise, Lordly: Art of the Jaguar on view in the Jon and Linda Ender Gallery, observe the images of jaguars on view here and in other locations throughout the museum, consider not only the animal’s symbolic associations but also its role in the local Sonoran Desert environment today. Art and gallery activities, led by Ami Dalal and Laila Halaby,…

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Bank of America: Museums on Us

February 5 at 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block, 140 North Main Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85701 United States

This weekend, admission to TMA is free for Bank of America cardholders as a part Bank of America's Museums On Us program. Reserve a ticket online (one per cardholder) using the discount code TMABofA, then show your Bank of America/Merrill Lynch debit or credit card at the Admissions Desk to redeem your free admission. Museums on Us occurs during the first full weekend of each month. Present your active Bank of America, Merrill or Bank of America Private Bank (U.S.…

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Bank of America: Museums on Us

February 6 at 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block, 140 North Main Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85701 United States

This weekend, admission to TMA is free for Bank of America cardholders as a part Bank of America's Museums On Us program. Reserve a ticket online (one per cardholder) using the discount code TMABofA, then show your Bank of America/Merrill Lynch debit or credit card at the Admissions Desk to redeem your free admission. Museums on Us occurs during the first full weekend of each month. Present your active Bank of America, Merrill or Bank of America Private Bank (U.S.…

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Docent Art Talks: Namingha! Namingha! Namingha! Three Contemporary Hopi Artists You Might Not Know but Should

February 9 at 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block, 140 North Main Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85701 United States

We will learn about the art of the Namingha family. Dan Namingha and sons Arlo and Michael are three highly respected Santa Fe contemporary artists whose work reflects their Hopi heritage and the world of today. Art Talks take place every Wednesday from January through April at 1:30 p.m. They are presented by members of the TMALearn! Docent Council. For the health and safety of all event/program attendees, proof of full vaccination or a negative COVID test result, from within…

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SECOND SUNDAZE: FAMILY DAY @ TMA

February 13 at 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block, 140 North Main Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85701 United States

Second Sunday of every month 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Free Museum Admission | Family-friendly activities | Performances | Story time in the galleries Enjoy free admission to the museum on the second Sunday of every month for Second SundAZe: Family Day @TMA! This month, explore Olivier Mosset exhibition and stay for activities throughout the campus. In addition, Ballet Rincon Ensemble dancers will perform through movement and spatial investigation at TMA's plaza. *Limited free tickets available HERE. Family activities take place between…

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Docent Art Talks: Art, Beauty, Love and Loss: The Artists’ Colony at Worpswede

February 16 at 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block, 140 North Main Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85701 United States

Around the turn of the 20th century, the tiny village of Worpswede in north Germany became home to a thriving community of artists who longed to escape the stuffy confines of the art academies and find solace and inspiration in the sweeping landscapes and picturesque villages of the north German moors and the hard lives of the crofters who eked out a living there. Art Talks take place every Wednesday from January through April at 1:30 p.m. They are presented…

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Community Book Drive with Tucson Urban League

February 20 at 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block, 140 North Main Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85701 United States

Tucson Museum of Art is excited to partner with Tucson Urban League for a Children's Book Drive. Participants can enjoy art-making, story-time and explore the museum exhibitions. Book donations will being accepted at the museum until Monday, February 28.

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Kirk D. McKoy: Images of Chaos

February 22 at 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block, 140 North Main Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85701 United States

21/22 LEADERSHIP CIRCLE LECTURE SERIES Join award winning photographer Kirk McKoy in a lecture about photographing the ’92 riots in Los Angeles to gain a deeper understanding of the images that have informed and inspired the work of Patrick Martinez. Kirk McKoy is a former senior staff photographer and Photo editor at the Los Angeles Times where he has worked for over 34 years. Originally from South Carolina, Kirk is a graduate of The University of Maryland.  Kirk was the…

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Docent Art Talks: How Photography Became Art

February 23 at 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block, 140 North Main Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85701 United States

Alfred Stieglitz, Dorothea Lange, and Gordon Parks created iconic images that endure as fine art. But in the early 20th century, photography faced a very hostile environment in the art world. We’ll look at how the artist-photographers won acceptance, with a focus on works in the TMA collection, and the role of women and people of color. Art Talks take place every Wednesday from January through April at 1:30 p.m. They are presented by members of the TMALearn! Docent Council.…

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In Conversation: Dr. Julie Sasse, Dr. Paul Ivey, and Olivier Mosset

February 27 at 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block, 140 North Main Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85701 United States

Join Dr. Julie Sasse, Dr. Paul Ivey, and Olivier Mosset lecture will be held in the Stonewall Community Room, located in the Alice Chaiten Baker Center for Art Education. Dr. Paul Eli Ivey is Professor of Art History at the University of Arizona, Tucson, where he teaches Modern and Contemporary Art and their relationship to notions of spirituality and cognitive and social agency. His research engages the built environments and compounds of alternative and esoteric American religions and communal groups.…

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March 2022

Docent Art Talks: Cats in Art and Their Companions

March 2 at 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block, 140 North Main Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85701 United States

Let’s explore how cats were portrayed artistically by a variety of artists, with special focus on artists who loved cats. Sharing a home helps an artist to gain intimate knowledge of feline anatomy and to understand their behaviors. Cats have been portrayed in art to honor the souls of departed loved ones, to present their portraits in the arms of humans, and for some artists, to capture a feline-human companionship in a painting. Art Talks take place every Wednesday from…

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March Free First Thursday

March 3 at 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block, 140 North Main Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85701 United States

First Thursday of every month 5–8 p.m. Free Museum Admission Performances | Activities | Lectures Explore the newly installed permanent collection galleries to see what changes have been made at the museum. The evening will feature music, artmaking, gallery experiences, and a cash bar serving beer and wine. Gallery and artmaking activities will focus on Patrick Martinez: Look What You Created exhibition in partnership with Ignite Sign Art Museum. Free First Thursday is presented by an anonymous donor. *Limited tickets…

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In Conversation: Patrick Martinez and Jeremy Mikolajczak

March 3 at 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block, 140 North Main Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85701 United States

21/22 LEADERSHIP CIRCLE LECTURE SERIES Join Jeremy Mikolajczak, TMA’s Jon and Linda Ender Director and CEO, in conversation with Los Angeles-based artist, Patrick Martinez. Patrick Martinez earned his BFA with honors from Art Center College of Design in 2005. His work has been exhibited domestically and internationally in Los Angeles, Mexico City, San Francisco, Minneapolis, Miami, New York, Seoul, and the Netherlands, at venues including the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, El Museo del Barrio, the…

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Bank of America: Museums on Us

March 5 at 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block, 140 North Main Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85701 United States

This weekend, admission to TMA is free for Bank of America cardholders as a part Bank of America's Museums On Us program. Reserve a ticket online (one per cardholder) using the discount code TMABofA, then show your Bank of America/Merrill Lynch debit or credit card at the Admissions Desk to redeem your free admission. Museums on Us occurs during the first full weekend of each month. Present your active Bank of America, Merrill or Bank of America Private Bank (U.S.…

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Bank of America: Museums on Us

March 6 at 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block, 140 North Main Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85701 United States

This weekend, admission to TMA is free for Bank of America cardholders as a part Bank of America's Museums On Us program. Reserve a ticket online (one per cardholder) using the discount code TMABofA, then show your Bank of America/Merrill Lynch debit or credit card at the Admissions Desk to redeem your free admission. Museums on Us occurs during the first full weekend of each month. Present your active Bank of America, Merrill or Bank of America Private Bank (U.S.…

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Docent Art Talks: Mesoamerica: How Art Shows Links Between the Olmec, Maya and Aztec Civilizations

March 9 at 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block, 140 North Main Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85701 United States

The Tucson Museum of Art recently opened an entire wing to celebrate Mesoamerican art. To learn how to appreciate some of these amazing artistic objects, you might find this talk helpful. It will provide a basic understanding of the three largest Mesoamerican civilizations, where and when they lived. By understanding the unique styles attributed to each civilization attributed to each civilization, you will be able to identify the origin of pieces you see and understand their significance. Art Talks take…

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TMA Spring Artisans Market

March 11 at 10:00 am - March 13 at 5:00 pm
Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block, 140 North Main Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85701 United States

The Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block (TMA) Annual Spring Artisans Market features more than 100 unique and local artists and artisans with crafts, original artwork, pottery, glass, jewelry, textiles and gift items in an outdoor street fair setting. Organized by TMA’s Museum Store, the event is an annual fundraiser for Southern Arizona’s oldest visual arts institution located in downtown Tucson. TMA’s Annual Spring Artisans Market 140 N. Main Ave. in historic El Presidio Neighborhood Downtown Tucson Friday–Sunday, March…

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SECOND SUNDAZE: FAMILY DAY @ TMA

March 13 at 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block, 140 North Main Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85701 United States

Second Sunday of every month 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Free Museum Admission | Family-friendly activities | Performances | Story time in the galleries Second SundAZe is presented by the Stonewall Foundation. *Limited free tickets available. Family activities take place between 11:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m. Reserve online two weeks before the event. Second SundAZe will take place indoors and outdoors and follow all TMA COVID-19 protocols. LIMITED TICKETS AVAILABLE – RESERVE HERE

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Docent Art Talks: How Rodin’s Life, Works, and Muses Exhibit the Traits of Romanticism

March 16 at 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block, 140 North Main Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85701 United States

Auguste Rodin (1840-1817), the renown French sculptor of the human figure, was only 5’3” in stature, but larger than life in personality and oeuvre. His life, work, and muses exhibit the traits of the Romanticism Movement. He had a profound knowledge of the human body. His sculpture The Thinker, is probably the best known in the world. The Gates of Hell was his greatest life-time achievement, and generated such famous works as the Kiss, Adam, and Eve. Art Talks take…

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2022 TMA Gala – Moderns at the Museum

March 19 at 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block, 140 North Main Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85701 United States

TMA GALA IS BACK! Join us Saturday, March 19, 2022, as we return to the museum for the 15th Annual TMA Gala presented by the Board of Trustees! TMA Gala is the museum’s signature fundraising event that supports educational initiatives and community outreach. The Gala returns to the Plaza to celebrate “Moderns at the Museum.” Join us for an exhilarating evening of jazz music, delectable dining, an amazing live auction, and mingling with friends. Start your evening with happy hour…

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Docent Art Talks: Exploring the “Masterpieces” of the Met with New Eyes: A Reawakening!

March 23 at 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block, 140 North Main Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85701 United States

Join us for a virtual tour of the Metropolitan Museum of Art which will include traditional European masterpieces (e.g., El Greco, Monet, and Picasso) as well as art from a variety of other cultures. The tour will encourage us to appreciate art from new perspectives and possibly stretch our concept of what is considered an art masterpiece--an enjoyable rebirth or reawakening in viewing art. Art Talks take place every Wednesday from January through April at 1:30 p.m. They are presented…

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In Conversation: Brad Kahlhamer and Dr. Julie Sasse

March 24 at 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block, 140 North Main Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85701 United States

Join Mesa/New York-based artist Brad Kahlhamer in conversation with Dr. Julie Sasse as they discuss his creative practice and feature exhibition Brad Kahlhamer: 11:59 to Tucson. Brad Kahlhamer (b. 1956) is a Tucson-born, Mesa/New York-based artist who creates highly personal narratives that are both autobiographical reflections on his life and quixotic reveries about his identity. Addressing issues of contemporary culture and identity, he creates works that resonate with both ambiguity and ambivalence about his origins and a fervent desire to…

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EXCLUSIVE EXPERIENCE: Mystery Dates #3: discoveries from the vault. [SOLD OUT]

March 29 at 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block, 140 North Main Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85701 United States

21/22 LEADERSHIP CIRCLE SEASON ****This event is sold out**** Have you ever wondered what is hidden deep in TMA’s vault? JOIN US for a series of evenings that explore wild and wonderful objects from the museum’s extensive collection. The one-hour program features a special presentation of exciting artworks selected by one of TMA’s fantastic curators and tour of TMA’s infamous “vault.” You will not know your “mystery date” curator until arrival. The event is your opportunity to explore works of…

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EXCLUSIVE EXPERIENCE: LUNCH and LEARN. CEO Spotlight – Patrick Martinez [SOLD OUT]

March 30 at 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block, 140 North Main Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85701 United States

21/22 LEADERSHIP CIRCLE SEASON ****This event is sold out**** Join Jeremy Mikolajczak, TMA’s Jon and Linda Ender Director and CEO, for a lecture on the works of Patrick Martinez, how the events of 2020 changed the course of the exhibition, as well as highlight a few of Patricks’ contemporaries who are changing the national dialogue on equity, justice, and inclusion. The event is your opportunity to explore the process of formalizing an exhibition and curatorial process, ask questions, enjoy a…

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Docent Art Talks: The Unfair Shakes for Women in Art: When, How, Why and Where to Now?

March 30 at 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block, 140 North Main Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85701 United States

This talk offers an overview of the challenges women artists have faced internationally when it comes to recognition and exposure through exhibits at museums or galleries. It highlights women who have succeeded despite these significant barriers. Art Talks take place every Wednesday from January through April at 1:30 p.m. They are presented by members of the TMALearn! Docent Council. For the health and safety of all event/program attendees, proof of full vaccination or a negative COVID test result, from within…

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April 2022

Bank of America: Museums on Us

April 2 at 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block, 140 North Main Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85701 United States

This weekend, admission to TMA is free for Bank of America cardholders as a part Bank of America's Museums On Us program. Reserve a ticket online (one per cardholder) using the discount code TMABofA, then show your Bank of America/Merrill Lynch debit or credit card at the Admissions Desk to redeem your free admission. Museums on Us occurs during the first full weekend of each month. Present your active Bank of America, Merrill or Bank of America Private Bank (U.S.…

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Bank of America: Museums on Us

April 3 at 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block, 140 North Main Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85701 United States

This weekend, admission to TMA is free for Bank of America cardholders as a part Bank of America's Museums On Us program. Reserve a ticket online (one per cardholder) using the discount code TMABofA, then show your Bank of America/Merrill Lynch debit or credit card at the Admissions Desk to redeem your free admission. Museums on Us occurs during the first full weekend of each month. Present your active Bank of America, Merrill or Bank of America Private Bank (U.S.…

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Docent Art Talks: The Flowering of Georgia O’Keeffe

April 6 at 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block, 140 North Main Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85701 United States

Utilizing strategies such a magnification, brilliant color, organic shapes and floating imagery, O’Keeffe often expressed feelings on canvas that she found hard to articulate. These expressions helped her artwork transcend the subject matter. She was championed by photographer Alfred Stieglitz. Art Talks take place every Wednesday from January through April at 1:30 p.m. They are presented by members of the TMALearn! Docent Council. For the health and safety of all event/program attendees, proof of full vaccination or a negative COVID…

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SAVE THE DATE: TMA Lifetime Achievement Award Dinner & Celebration

April 12 at 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block, 140 North Main Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85701 United States

TMA Lifetime Achievement Award The TMA Lifetime Achievement Award is a component of TMA’s Leadership Circle, the museum’s foremost philanthropic membership group.  The TMA Lifetime Achievement Award, first presented in 2017, celebrates the career of an artist, patron, or community member, who, among other distinctions, has demonstrated a particular commitment to the advancement of the Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block and Southern Arizona Arts community. The TMA Lifetime Achievement Awardees exemplify a long and impactful career in artistic…

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Eugenia Vargas Pereira: Tus ojos cuentan la historia (Your Eyes Tell the Story)

April 20 at 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block, 140 North Main Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85701 United States

21/22 LEADERSHIP CIRCLE LECTURE SERIES Join Chilean photographer Eugenia Vargas-Pereira to learn more about Tus ojos cuentan la historia (Your Eyes Tell the Story) 2019/2020, a series of photographic portraits and inquiry into the masked females, particularly the way Chilean feminists appropriated it as their insignia of personal creative expression and self-defense. Eugenia Vargas-Pereira, born in Chillán, Chile, is a multi-disciplinary artist known for her photography, time-based installations and performances. Based in Tucson, and Santiago, Chile. Her work has been…

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May 2022

Bank of America: Museums On Us

May 7 at 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block, 140 North Main Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85701 United States

This weekend, admission to TMA is free for Bank of America cardholders as a part Bank of America's Museums On Us program. Reserve a ticket online (one per cardholder) using the discount code TMABofA, then show your Bank of America/Merrill Lynch debit or credit card at the Admissions Desk to redeem your free admission. Museums on Us occurs during the first full weekend of each month. Present your active Bank of America, Merrill or Bank of America Private Bank (U.S.…

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Bank of America: Museums on Us

May 8 at 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block, 140 North Main Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85701 United States

This weekend, admission to TMA is free for Bank of America cardholders as a part Bank of America's Museums On Us program. Reserve a ticket online (one per cardholder) using the discount code TMABofA, then show your Bank of America/Merrill Lynch debit or credit card at the Admissions Desk to redeem your free admission. Museums on Us occurs during the first full weekend of each month. Present your active Bank of America, Merrill or Bank of America Private Bank (U.S.…

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EXCLUSIVE EXPERIENCE: Mystery Dates #4: discoveries from the vault. [SOLD OUT]

May 10 at 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block, 140 North Main Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85701 United States

21/22 LEADERSHIP CIRCLE SEASON ****This event is sold out**** Have you ever wondered what is hidden deep in TMA’s vault? JOIN US for a series of evenings that explore wild and wonderful objects from the museum’s extensive collection. The one-hour program features a special presentation of exciting artworks selected by one of TMA’s fantastic curators and tour of TMA’s infamous “vault.” You will not know your “mystery date” curator until arrival. The event is your opportunity to explore works of…

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June 2022

Bank of America: Museums on Us

June 4 at 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block, 140 North Main Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85701 United States

This weekend, admission to TMA is free for Bank of America cardholders as a part Bank of America's Museums On Us program. Reserve a ticket online (one per cardholder) using the discount code TMABofA, then show your Bank of America/Merrill Lynch debit or credit card at the Admissions Desk to redeem your free admission. Museums on Us occurs during the first full weekend of each month. Present your active Bank of America, Merrill or Bank of America Private Bank (U.S.…

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Bank of America: Museums on Us

June 5 at 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block, 140 North Main Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85701 United States

This weekend, admission to TMA is free for Bank of America cardholders as a part Bank of America's Museums On Us program. Reserve a ticket online (one per cardholder) using the discount code TMABofA, then show your Bank of America/Merrill Lynch debit or credit card at the Admissions Desk to redeem your free admission. Museums on Us occurs during the first full weekend of each month. Present your active Bank of America, Merrill or Bank of America Private Bank (U.S.…

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