AAA Editor Notes
Arizona State Museum is at 1013 E. University Blvd. on the University of Arizona campus. Founded in 1893, this Smithsonian affiliate reputedly has the world's oldest and largest collections of Southwest Indian pottery and Native American basketry. The region's indigenous cultures are featured in exhibits, tours and hands-on workshops.
The Paths of Life: American Indians of the Southwest exhibit highlights the origin, history and contemporary life of Apache, Hopi, Navajo, Tohono O'odham, Southern Paiute and other indigenous groups. There's a mix of prehistoric artifacts, historical objects, commissioned artwork, video interviews and dioramas.
Southwest Native American pottery spanning 2,000 years is showcased. The library and archives contain more than 90,000 volumes as well as photographs and archeological excavation reports.
Guided tours are available. Time: Allow 1 hour minimum.