The Tucson Desert Art Museum, a non-profit museum, opened its doors November 1, 2013. The mission is to display art and artifacts of the Desert Southwest, and educate guests about the history, cultures, and art of the region. The Museum includes 25,000 square feet of exhibit space, classrooms, meeting and auditorium space and a library.
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 maintains rotating special exhibits, which change out each year and an eclectic array of southwestern art and artifacts. The museum's motto is “visualize history through art.”
Located at 7000 East Tanque Verde Road, just west of Udall Park, surrounded by the magnificent panoramic views of the Catalina and Rincon mountains. The Museum is becoming a center for art, culture and education on Tucson's east side.