DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun is a 10-acre art gallery located in the foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains in north Tucson.
On the National Register of Historic Places, this landmark of Southwestern art and architecture was designed and built by acclaimed Arizona artist Ted DeGrazia (1909-1982). The 10-acre foothills site includes the adobe gallery with permanent and rotating exhibits, chapel with interior murals, gift shop, cactus courtyard, the artist’s home, and his grave. An additional gallery is used by local artists on a rotating basis.
Established in 1950 by DeGrazia, the Gallery in the Sun is a favorite among visitors and local Tucsonans alike. DeGrazia is known for his colorful images of Native American children of the Southwest and other Western scenes.
The gallery is open daily from 10:00am to 4:00pm.
The gallery is located at 6300 N. Swan in North Tucson.
10:00am-4:00pm, daily. Closed on New Year's Eve, Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.
Admission is $8.00 for adults, $5.00 for ages 12-18, under 12 are free. An annual individual membership is $25.00 (with two buddy passes) or an annual family membership is $55.00 (with four buddy passes).
There is plenty of free parking - with space for buses and RVs.
Sunglasses, a hat, and lightweight/breathable clothing. Bring along a sweatshirt if you’re visiting in the winter. The main gallery is air-conditioned and heated. The chapel, little gallery, and first house are not air-conditioned or heated.
Water bottles and a camera are recommended. Note that flash photography is not permitted inside the gallery.
Because Tucson has mild weather almost all year-round, any month would be well-suited for a visit.
Crowds are typically equally dispersed between the days. If, however, you are interested in scheduling a formal tour...note that tours are only given on weekdays and have to be scheduled with Lance Laber at 520-299-9191, Ext 110 as far in advance as possible.
Food and drinks are not allowed in the gallery. The tables on the grounds can be used to picnic, but please be sure you pick up your trash afterward.
There are quite a few excellent picks in the area.
Our top picks within a 4-mile radius include:
All ages! We spent about 30 minutes on the property with our 7-year-old, 4-year-old, and 1-year-old. All three enjoyed meandering the grounds and perusing the artwork. That said, older children are probably best able to grasp the history and appreciate the paintings.
The main gallery is stroller-accessible and wheelchair-accessible.
No. That said, there are benches and tables in several areas of the property.
Yes. Ceremonies are allowed in the chapel. A nonrefundable $100 down payment is required to reserve an hour time slot. Since it is a small chapel, the maximum amount of people is 25.
Receptions are not permitted.
That just about covers it. Have a great time!