The Tucson Desert Art Museum, a non- profit museum currently seeking its 501 c. 3 status, opened its doors to the public November 1, 2013. Our mission is to preserve, display and educate our guests about the arts and history of the Desert Southwest. The Museum includes 25,000 square feet of exhibit space, classrooms, painting studio, meeting and auditorium space and a library.
At the heart of the Museum
At the core of the Museum is one of the Southwest’s premier collections of Navajo and Hopi pre-1940s textiles, including displays of chief’s blankets, Navajo saddle blankets, optical art textiles and Yei weavings. The Museum also has a diverse range of historical artifacts, classic and contemporary Southwestern paintings, including works by Maynard Dixon, Thomas Moran, Albert Bierstadt, Gerald Cassidy, Ed Mell, Ray Roberts, Peter Nisbet, Howard Post and other great artists of the Southwest. Special highlights of the museum include exhibits on Navajo sand painting, and early armaments of the Southwest and artifacts from the Mesoamerican period
The Museum also maintains rotating special exhibits, which change out each year. These exhibits routinely tell the story of the region through their visual connection.
Located at 7000 East Tanque Verde Road, just next to Udall Park and surrounded by the magnificent panoramic views of the Catalina and Rincon mountains, the Museum has established itself as the center of art, culture, and education on Tucson’s east side.