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University of Arizona Museum of Art - Attraction Guide

UA Museum of Art Tucson

The University of Arizona Museum of Art is a small art museum with a "world-class collection" on the University of Arizona campus.

The UAMA offers a year-round schedule of exhibitions, programming, and events designed to incite conversations related to the history and meaning of the visual arts. The permanent collection includes masterpieces that span eight centuries and innumerable artistic styles. Highlights include the Altarpiece from Ciudad Rodrigo, The Visitation by the Master of the Catholic Kings, Jackson Pollock’s Number 20, Mark Rothko’s Green on Blue (Earth-Green and White), and Red Canna by Georgia O’Keeffe. The Museum invites all community members to be a part of the dialogue and contribute their voices to the rich story of art in the Tucson community and beyond.

GENERAL INFORMATION

Where is the University of Arizona Museum of Art located?

The Museum of Art is located on the University of Arizona campus at 1031 N. Olive Road in Tucson.

What are the hours?

  • Tuesday-Friday 9:00am-4:00pm
  • Saturday 9:00am-5:00pm
  • Sunday 12:00pm-5:00pm
  • Closed on Mondays and University holidays

Why would I visit the University of Arizona Museum of Art?

  • To browse and enjoy artwork
  • To sketch your favorite pieces
  • To participate in or attend a special event

How much does it cost?

General admission is $8. For seniors 65+ and groups of 10+, admission is $6.50. Admission is free for Museum members, students with ID, faculty and staff, military personnel, AAM members, visitors with a SNAP card or Tribal ID, and children.

What is the parking situation?

Visitor parking is available in the Park Avenue Garage on the north side of Speedway Boulevard. There is a fee for parking in the garage on weekdays ($2/hour or $8/day). Parking is usually free on weekends (except on football game days). Use the pedestrian walkway to cross below Speedway; upon exiting, take the first stairway on right and walk directly to the Museum entrance.

What should I wear?

The University of Arizona Museum of Art is indoors with heating in the winter and air-conditioning in the summer.

What should I bring with me?

Perhaps a sketchpad or journal? Note that only pencils are permitted. No crayons, markers, paints, etc.

Are bathrooms available?

Yes.

Which days are most and least crowded at the UA Museum of Art?

Crowds ebb and flow due to visiting groups and classes.

EXHIBITS

Do the exhibits rotate/change?

Yes. The UA Museum of Art offers rotating exhibitions! Anyone who wants to keep up-to-date on upcoming exhibitions and events should consider joining the mailing list.

Which the galleries/exhibits are permanent?

Most of the gallery spaces can/do change with exhibitions. The altarpiece of the Cathedral of Ciudad Rodrigo by Fernando Gallego and Maestro Bartolome, part of the Kress collection, has a permanent place on exhibit. Rotating exhibitions are on the first floor; the permanent collection is on the second floor.

DINING

Is outside food allowed at the University of Arizona Museum of Art? If so, are there picnic tables?

Food and drinks are permitted in the lobby, but not in the gallery spaces in order to protect the artwork. If you bring anything with you, there is a designated space at the front desk where you can leave water bottles and/or food while you walk the galleries. For events, food is served in the lobby and outdoor courtyard space.

Does the University of Arizona Museum of Art have a restaurant?

No.

What restaurants are located NEAR the University of Arizona Museum of Art?

You're in luck! There are gads of terrific restaurants in the UA/downtown area and in Main Gate Square near campus. Our top picks within a 3-mile radius are:

  • The Fix Mac n Chz, 943 E. University Blvd (0.7 miles away) - macaroni & cheese, sandwiches, salad
  • Panera Bread, 845 N. Park Ave (0.8 miles away) - soup, salad, sandwiches, kids menu, breakfast, pastries
  • Cafe Poca Cosa, 110 E. Pennington St (2.0 miles away) – upscale urban bistro, “imaginative Mexican cuisine,” menu changes twice daily, reservations required
  • Reilly Craft Pizza & Drink, 101 E. Pennington St (2.1 miles away) – lunch, dinner, spirits, wine, beer garden
  • Maynards Market & Kitchen, 400 N. Toole Ave (2.1 miles away) – indoor + outdoor seating, sandwiches, salads, beer + wine
  • Hub Restaurant & Ice Creamery, 266 E. Congress St (2.1 miles away) – fun atmosphere, burgers, salads, sandwiches, pasta, beer + wine, ice cream
  • 47 Scott, 47 N. Scott Ave (2.3 miles away) – neighborhood bistro, dinner daily (4-10pm), happy hour (4-6pm), weekend brunch
  • La Cocina, 201 N. Court Ave (2.3 miles away) – brunch, lunch, dinner, sandwiches, salads, southwestern fare, indoor + outdoor seating, live music
  • Downtown Kitchen + Cocktails, 135 S. 6th Ave (2.3 miles away) – dinner, desserts, happy hour, gourmet American cuisine prepared by a renowned chef
  • Cafe a La C’Art (inside Tucson Museum of Art), 150 N. Main Ave (2.4 miles away) – Monet inspired garden patio, pastries, breakfast, lunch, dinner

The UA Student Union is also within a block of the museum and the UA Library hosts a Starbucks.

BABIES & KIDS

What ages would be best suited for a visit to the University of Arizona Museum of Art?

Elementary age students (and older) will probably get the most enjoyment out of the artwork. That said, babies and toddlers are certainly welcome. Rest assured that there is plenty of space to roam around outside the museum if your little one becomes restless.

Should I bring a stroller?

Sure. The museum itself isn't very big, but you may walk a bit on-campus and a stroller is a good idea.

Are changing tables available in the restrooms?

Yes, changing tables are available in the women’s restroom on the 2nd floor.

What about my other "baby" (dog, cat, etc)?

No pets are allowed in the facility or in any building on campus, except for service animals.

EVENTS

Can I have my wedding or rehearsal dinner at the University of Arizona Museum of Art?

The University of Arizona Museum of Art (UAMA) boasts a beautiful two-story gallery space to host events of all sizes. The space can accommodate parties of up to 300 or smaller meetings in the conference room (up to 14). The UAMA is an elegant and upscale location for receptions, lectures, and meetings. With revolving exhibitions and a world-class permanent collection, there is always something at the museum for your guests and visitors.

Can I have my child's birthday party at the University of Arizona Museum of Art?

Yes! Any food or drink could be served in the lobby or outdoors before/after your guests explore the gallery. You can even book a tour.

MISCELLANY

Is the University of Arizona Museum of Art active on social media?

Yes! Yes! Find UA Museum of Art on Facebook and Instagram.

What else do I need to know before I go to the University of Arizona Museum of Art?

The museum is small, but offers a beautiful collection nonetheless. Stop in for an hour or two to sketch, journal, or examine the pieces.

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