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Arizona State Museum is the oldest as well as the largest anthropology museum within the Southwest, established in 1893 by the Arizona Territorial Legislature. Located in Tucson, Arizona, it is the state?s recognized permitting organization with regard to archaeological and paleontological projects as well as the primary archaeological archive in the country. Additionally, the museum serves researchers from around the globe who make use of the collections to grow the boundaries of information on the study of ethnology, archaeology and ethnohistory.

The museum keeps an extensive collection of ancient Southwest Indian basketry with over 25,000 weaved items of rare as well as exceptional baskets, cradle boards, mats, sandals, and preserved fibers. Additionally, the museum also holds the world?s largest whole-vessel collection of Southwest Indian pottery and houses enormous amount of listed archaeological and ethnographic artifacts, as well as over 300,000 photographic artifacts and memorabilia.

Furthermore, large volumes of rare and hard-to-find artifacts used by previous archaeologists and anthropologists to determine the Mogollon and Hohokam cultures along with the Salado phenomenon are also showcased in the museum. Other collections such as the nation?s top Navajo textile collections that include some of the oldest and most unique weaving examples are also displayed as well as the largest Navajo rug ever created. Enormous amount of pots from the Casas Grandes collection is also showcased plus the largest collection of Seri materials in the U.S. and with over 500 outstanding displays of Mexican folk mask and more than 3,500 comparative vertebrate skeletons in its zooarchaeology museum.

Various public programs are also offered by the museum such as the annual Southwest Indian Art fair and lots of engaging events and programs for learners of all ages are offered all year round. The museum also has a volunteer program for every individual interests as well as internship programs for university students.

The museum is open on Mondays through Saturdays, 10AM to 5PM and closed on Sundays and public holidays.
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