Guided Museum Tours

ASM offers both regularly scheduled and scheduled docent-guided tours, and, by arrangement, curator tours that take groups behind the scenes to see our collections and meet museum staff.

Docent Tours

Docent Availability for Fall 2018 (October 1 through December 31, 2018) 

  • Monday, 1:00p - 3:00p
  • Tuesday, 1:00 - 3:00p
  • Wednesday, 11:00a - 3:00p
  • Thursday, 1:00p - 3:00p
  • Friday, 11:00a - 3:00p
  • Saturday, 11:00a - 1:00p

Tours are offered on a first-come/first-served basis, with groups limited to less than eight people. Check with the front desk about docent availability. Drop-in docent-guided tours are free with paid museum admission. While aimed toward adults, all ages are welcome. Scheduled docent-guided tours are available for groups of six or more and required for groups of more than eight. Scheduled docent-guided tours are $7.00 per person and includes museum admission.

We also offer Spanish-language tours, available upon request.
For more information or to schedule a tour, contact Heather Ingram or call 520-626-3989. A minimum two-week advance notice is required to process Special Request tours.

Docent-Guided Tour Options

  • "Paths of Life: American Indians of the Southwest": Enjoy highlights from the Seri, Yaqui, Tohono O’odham, Apache, Navajo, and Hopi sections of this ground-breaking exhibition.
  • Pottery Project: Discover the world's largest and most comprehensive collection of Southwest Indian pottery.
  • Museum Orientation Tour: Experience ASM temporary exhibits.  

Curator Tours

Enjoy a special visit to the Arizona State Museum, where you will meet museum professionals who are passionate about curating some of the largest and most significant collections in the world! 

You will be taken behind-the-scenes into climate-controlled storerooms where you will come face to face with stunning examples of the museum’s incomparable collections of Southwest Indian pottery and American Indian basketry. You will meet preservation scientists who set international standards for collections care through ground-breaking research in a state-of-the-art conservation laboratory. You will visit a nationally renowned laboratory of zooarchaeology, where scholars will demonstrate what they learn about human behavior by studying animal bone.**

A two-hour experience offered Tuesdays, Wednesdays, or Thursdays with advanced notice. 10 a.m. to noon or 2-4 p.m. Space is limited to 10. $20 per person. **Based on curator availability. 

Contact Darlene Lizarraga at 520-626-8381 or