Temperatures are on the rise in Tucson, and here are some choice ways to keep cool this summer at the University of Arizona.
Flandrau Science Center & Planetarium, 1601 E. University Blvd., 621-4516, flandrau.org. Flandrau is open all summer with planetarium shows, family-friendly science exhibits and the dazzling specimens of the Mineral Museum. The laser music show “Laser Stranger Things” will play in the planetarium theater, featuring songs from the soundtrack of the hit Netflix series “Stranger Things.” Check the website for hours and showtimes.
UA Museum of Art, 1031 N. Olive Road, 621-7567, artmuseum.arizona.edu. See the world through the eyes of renowned visual artists. The museum has more than 5,000 paintings, sculptures, prints and drawings.
UA School of Art Galleries, 1031 N. Olive Road, 626-4215, art.arizona.edu/facilities/galleries. Exhibits by student, faculty and professional artists in a broad range of media and concepts.
Judith Chafee and “Congressional & Political Archives” exhibit, UA Library Special Collections, 1510 E. University Blvd., 621-6423, speccoll.library.arizona.edu. Judith Chafee was a trailblazer, both as an architect and as a woman in a male-dominated profession. She is celebrated as a visionary modernist whose structures harmoniously blend with their host environments. The “Congressional & Political Archives” exhibit highlights key events and projects from her life and work. These collections document Arizona politics, from its territorial days up through the present, and the historical relationship between the federal government and the people of Arizona. The permanent exhibit highlights materials from the political collections of Ralph Cameron, Marcus A. Smith, Henry F. Ashurst, Lewis W. Douglas, John R Murdock, Stewart Udall, Morris Udall, Dennis DeConcini, James Kolbe and Gabrielle Giffords.
Arizona State Museum, 1013 E. University Blvd., 621-4695, statemuseum.arizona.edu. Established in 1893, the museum is the oldest and largest anthropology museum in the Southwest. As an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, it has a collection of more than 25,000 woven pieces of rare baskets, sandals, cradle boards, mats, cordage and preserved fibers representing every indigenous basket-making culture in North America.
Jim Click Hall of Champions, McKale Center, 1 National Championship Drive, arizonawildcats.com. The Hall of Champions display on the McKale mezzanine features 18 UA intercollegiate sports. The displays are centered on outstanding student-athletes, performances, events and traditions from more than 100 years of UA athletics.
“Longer Ways to Go” exhibit and Heritage Gallery, Center for Creative Photography, 1030 N. Olive Road, 621-7968, creativephotography.org. “Longer Ways to Go: Photography of the American Road” delves into the complex dialogue that photography can enter into with a subject. This exhibition explores the symbiotic relationship between photography and the folklore of the American highway, including the emblematic Route 66. Inspired by the center’s legacy, the Heritage Gallery features iconic treasures from the collection alongside more recent acquisitions.
History of Pharmacy Museum, 1295 N. Martin Ave., 626-1427, pharmacy.arizona.edu/centers/history-pharmacy-museum. Housed in two College of Pharmacy buildings, the museum is a collection of hundreds of thousands of items, including bottles, original drug containers, books, store fixtures, and artifacts from Arizona (circa 1880 to 1950) and elsewhere.
Richard F. Caris Mirror Lab, 527 National Championship Drive (underneath the east side of Arizona Stadium), 626-8792, mirrorlab.as.arizona.edu/tours. Watch how mirrors are created for Earth-based telescopes such as the Giant Magellan Telescope.
Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research, 1215 E. Lowell St., 621-0984, ltrr.arizona.edu. The tree-ring lab offers free one-hour, docent-led tours, presenting information about its rich history.
Mount Lemmon Science Tour, 9800 E. Ski Run Road, skycenter.arizona.edu. Discover the science and wonders of Arizona’s “Sky Islands” region on a drive up the Santa Catalina Mountains, where one of the most dramatic drives in the U.S. meets some of the most fascinating natural science in the world. The temperature is 20 degrees cooler at the top. This free, family-friendly tour features music by the band Calexico. The Mount Lemmon Science Tour app is available as a free download on your Apple or Android smartphone. Then visit the SkyCenter at the 9,157-foot summit for the SkyNights stargazing program. For more: visittucson.org/things-to-do/space/geotour-tucson/mt-lemmon-science-tour-app/