Exciting Exhibits and Dynamic Displaysby John Scott on May. 31, 2012, under Uncategorized
As the heat of summer approaches, southern Arizona sees a significant drop in outdoor events. OK, we’ll leave our homes on one condition…the destination has to have air conditioning. This is the perfect time of year to visit some of our state’s museums. I’ve mentioned plenty of them in past entries, and here a few more.
Arizona Historical Society in Tucson has wonderful exhibits pertaining to ranching, mining, medicine, military, and much more. There is an impressive display of historical firearms that includes Geronimo’s rifle and John Slaughter’s pistol. You’ll walk through a couple of fully furnished Victorian rooms and see actual clothing of the 1880’s. If you are a bookworm, the main branch houses an impressive research library.
Trail Dust Town has a recently upgraded museum dedicated to the Horse Soldier. In it one can find everything from 1850’s saddles to WW1 horse gas masks. Recently riding behind a horse with gas, I thought this would be for me. Apparently, it’s for the horse.
They also claim to have a large collection of Rough Rider memorabilia. Oddly, the Rough Riders were trained in cavalry tactics, but didn’t end up on horses during the Cuba campaign. Maybe they should have been called the Rough Walkers, but it doesn’t quite roll off the tongue.
Tombstone’s Western Heritage Museum offers a large collection of territorial era artifacts, including the largest collection of Earp memorabilia in the state. While you’re there, jump over to the Bird Cage Theater and get a feel for its bawdy past. If you are an amateur ghost hunter, this place seems to have some inhabitants that show up from time to time.
Down in the Dragoons lies the Amerind Foundation. Dedicated to Native American cultures, it sports a nice collection of Indian art and artifacts.
Sure, you could just beat the heat by going up north to cooler climates. But if you want to stay close to home, I encourage you to check some of these museums out. If you’ve been before, go again! With folks donating items, you almost always see something new. You’ll walk away with better understanding of Arizona’s history, and the knowledge that you stayed cool doing it.