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Five must-visit museums across Tucson

Posted at 7:00 AM, May 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-01 10:00:11-04

TUCSON, Ariz. — The knowledge one can gain from going to a museum is invaluable. In addition, they're a ton of fun to visit!

Tucson has all sorts of museums worthy of checking out, especially during the summer time.

Here are five must-visit museums to get you started:

The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures:

This unique museum transports visitors to different eras in an intricate, bit-sized fashion. Over 400 houses, room boxes, enchanting collectibles and artifacts are on display, providing for a one-of-a-kind experience. The museum is located at 4455 E. Camp lowell Drive and is open Tuesday-Sunday.

Children's Museum Tucson

If you grew up in the Old Pueblo, odds are you've taken a trip to the Children's Museum. This non-profit provides a fun, hands-on learning for kids and families to experience together. It's main location is located in the historic Carnegie Library, but there is also one in Oro Valley located at 11015 N. Oracle Road. The museum is open Tuesday-Sunday.

International Wildlife Museum

The International WIldlife Museum features over 400 species of mammals, insects and birds from around the world. Dioramas depict animals in their natural setting, allowing visitors to get up close and observe each one. This museum is located at 4800 W. Gates Pass Road and is open seven days a week.

Ignite Sign Art Museum

The Ignite Sign Museum takes visitors on a nostalgia trip through use of classic signs. Owner Jude Cook's collection of restored signs fills the walls for all to see, creating for a visually entertaining experience. This museum is open Wednesday-Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

There's no better place to learn about the Sonoran Desert than at this museum. This Tucson staple features 98 acres of exhibits, gardens and aquariums with 85 percent of the museum being outdoors. In 2018, it was ranked 18th on the list of top museums in the world by Tavelers' Choice. This museum is located at 2021 N Kinney Road. Hours vary depending on the time of the year.