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Visit These Two Art Museums in Tucson and Learn More About Art

Kate Feathers

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Tucson, Arizona, has many amazing museums to offer - no matter where your interests lie, you are bound to find a fascinating museum in Tucson. Transportation, military, science, and more - you get to explore all these topics in the various museums right in Tucson.

But how about art? Well, luckily for all fans of art, there are many places to learn more about it and explore all kinds of artistic works in Tucson. In this article, we're going to have a look at some fascinating art museums and at what they can offer you.

Ignite Sign Art Museum

First on the list is the Ignite Sign Art Museum, which was apparently founded by Jude Cook, who has restored and collected signs throughout his career.

Ignite Sign Art Museum actually only opened in 2018, so the museum is very new, and it aims to preserve and also restore signs - mainly signs that are historically significant in some way. According to the official website:

"Our Mission is to preserve historically significant signs, educate the community on the value signage plays in our everyday lives and to entertain visitors by offering a unique and visually entertaining experience."

And what signs can you expect to find in the Ignite Sign Art Museum? Well, all sorts, for example thermometers, tin signs, neon quack medical devices, and more. You also get to broaden your knowledge when it comes to neon illumination.

If you'd like to learn more about signs and visit this museum in Tucson, don't hesitate to head to 331 S. Olsen in Tucson. The price of the ticket is 12 dollars per adult, 10 dollars per senior or military, 8 dollars per student or child above 6, and children younger than 6 years can enter for free.

DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun Museum

The second art museum on the list of museums in Tucson is the DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun Museum, which was established in 1950 by DeGrazia. The art gallery focuses on the art and life of Ettore "Ted" DeGrazia who lived between 1909 and 1982.

He apparently said:

"I want to be notorious rather than famous. Fame has too much responsibility. People forget you are human.”

He also said:

"My paintings are my life. They are my experience. They are what I have felt and known. Such things are not expressed easily in art.”

When it comes to the art itself, there are six permanent collections that you can find in the Gallery in the Sun Museum. These collections focus on the history and native culture of the Southwest, therefore you can learn more about these topics by looking at the art as well.

The DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun Museum is on the National Register of Historic Places and it's definitely worth visiting if you've just found yourself in Tucson or even if you're a local. According to Tripadvisor, it's rated as number 14 out of 335 things to do in Tucson, therefore it's a very popular attraction in the city. It's also deemed to be a "legendary landmark of Southwestern art and architecture".

The gallery is located north of Tucson at 6300 N. Swan Road. It's open daily from 10 AM until 4 PM and the ticket price is 8 dollars per adult, 5 dollars per anyone between the ages of 12-18, and people under 12 can enter for free. You can also purchase memberships.

Final Thoughts

These two art museums in Tucson are definitely worth visiting if you're interested in this topic. There are many art museums in Tucson and these are just examples, so if you'd like to explore more, don't hesitate to do just that - Tucson truly has many amazing places to offer.

Above all, stay safe.

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