Arizona State Museum is renowned for its excellence in preserving, interpreting, and presenting the material culture of the U.S. Southwest and northern Mexico. The museum’s scholars and extensive collections are among the most significant resources in the world for the study of southwestern cultures. ASM has been located at the University of Arizona since its establishment by the Arizona Territorial Legislature in 1893. Its first home was in Old Main. ASM now occupies two buildings on the historic west side of campus. The north building was constructed in 1925 as the Main Library. Upon completion of the new Main Library, ASM expanded into this building in 1977.
ASM offers many opportunities to experience the vibrant and enduring Native cultures of the region through content-rich exhibits, dynamic docent tours, engaging programs, exciting travel tours, hands-on workshops, a research library, and an educational museum store.
Established in 1893, ASM is:
- The oldest and largest anthropology museum in the Southwest
- One of the original research units established at the University of Arizona
- Curator of more than 3 million catalogued objects
- The largest and busiest state-run archaeological repository in the nation
- Home of the world’s largest and most comprehensive collection of Southwest Indian pottery, designated an American Treasure (24,000 whole vessels spanning 2,000 years)
- Home of the world’s largest and most comprehensive collection of American Indian basketry, designated an American Treasure (35, 000 woven objects spanning 8,000 years)
- Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums
- An affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution