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Things to do in Tucson

September 20th, 2018 by samhughesinn

Things to Do, plus Places to See, Food to Enjoy

Tucson, AZ

Downtown Tucson
by John Burcham for The New York Times

Things to Do in Tucson

Travelers search for Things to Do in Tucson and the The New York Times posted a wonderful article in today’s paper. Subtitled 36 Hours in Tucson, it includes recommendations for sightseeing, most importantly, architecture & historical treasures.

Besides the usually available tourist information the article also touches on great food, the proliferation of new restaurants & local food. Also featured are biking & hiking plus some of the treasures of the University of Arizona including the Mirror Lab, and two small museums, (The Center for Creative Photography and the University of Arizona Art Museum). It describes two of our observatories (Flandrau Planetarium & Kitt Peak National Observatory). Shopping areas (like 4th Avenue) and the lesser known Mercado San Agustin on the west side of town are profiled as well.

Many lovely photographs of the places featured, accompany the article. There are too many wonders to be enjoyed in just 36 hours but if visitors reach even half of these great recommendations, they will have a terrific first taste of Tucson, AZ.

The full article (including links to all their recommended sites) is available at https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/20/travel/what-to-do-in-tucson.

Some of the “must do” adventures in Tucson are not mentioned in the New York Times article, but there are only so many things a person can see in 36 hours. A more textured visit would have to include the Sonora Desert Museum on the West side of town, Pima Air & Space Museum, and DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun to cite only a few. The Mission of San Xavier del Bac (the White Dove of the Desert) is only twelve miles south of Tucson and is one of the most historically significant remaining pieces of early Tucson. Begun in the 17th Century, the complex stands in the middle of the Tohono O’odham Indian Reservation. (Constant renovation has kept this beautiful building looking exactly as it did upon completion in 1797.) And with ample time it’s possible to combine your lodging in Tucson (hopefully at Sam Hughes Inn Bed & Breakfast) with a trip to the old mining towns of Bisbee and the cowboy historic Tombstone, AZ.

Thanks to the New York Times for this great advertisement for our sweet little city in the desert Southwest.

 

Mini Time Museum of Miniatures

January 27th, 2015 by samhughesinn

Catherine wearing diamond

Catherine the Great
with Orlov

The Mini Time Museum of Miniatures in Tucson, presents a special exhibit of replica diamonds displayed on miniature historical figures representing their original owners. The exhibit (beginning January 27, 2015 through April 19, 2015) features the work of two famous artists. The replica diamonds were created by Scott Sucher of Tijeras, New Mexico and the historic figures were designed by artist, George S. Stuart of Ojai, CA.

The exhibit, called Diamonds Are Forever (The Incredible Journeys of World-Famous Diamonds & the People Who Owned Them), comes to the Tucson Mini Time Museum of Miniatures courtesy of the Museum of Ventura County California, which developed and produced it. This exhibit tells the story of famous diamonds and their famous owners. Their stories are told with 18 quarter-life-size historical figures and 10 replica diamonds.

George Stuart has created more than 400 historic figures, famous and infamous, in incredible life like miniature sculptures. He also describes them in regular monologues presented near his home in Ventura, CA.

Scott Sucher, through exhaustive research, creates world famous, historically accurate diamond replicas for museums and educational purposes.

Louis XIV with diamond

Louis XIV – French Blue diamond tie tack

According to the Mini Time Museum of Miniatures website, the exhibit includes figures of Catherine the Great, Louis XIV, Napoleon and the Shah Jahan. The historic diamond replicas feature the Hope, the French Blue, Regent, Beau Sancy, the Koh-i-Noor, the Orlov and the Mirror of Portugal. Many of these jewels were incorporated into crowns, scepters, pendants & hair ornaments and were usually in the hands of royalty. However, over time, some have been lost, stolen or broken up and re-cut. Diamond connoisseurs will be familiar with all or most of these stones and will find the exhibit fascinating. Gem Show visitors will want to add this exhibit to their schedules during February for a great change of pace from shopping or selling.

The Mini Time Museum of Miniatures regular collection features over 275 miniature houses and box rooms in three main areas: the Enchanted Realm, History Gallery and Exploring the World. This is not just a destination for children; in fact many exhibits are better understood and appreciated by adults. You will never be too old to enjoy this wonderful museum. Many fine artists are represented and their work is perfection in every tiny detail, from real silverware & china in table settings to fine furniture, carpeting and paintings hanging on the small dollhouse walls. Many periods of history are replicated in the various houses and boxes, along with fantasy representations of fairy tales. You’ll find old and contemporary houses, houses from other countries, an airplane café, stores, western scenes, castles and re-creations of existing or formerly existing buildings. You’ll wish you could touch these tiny treasures but they are protected from harm yet beautifully displayed and lighted so that every small marvel can be easily observed.There are docent led and self guided tours to the Mini Time Museum of Miniatures and you will want to come back many times to revisit the permanent collection as well as to take advantage of the special temporary exhibits like Diamonds Are Forever.

The museum, although now in its sixth year of operation, still remains a hidden treasure, a Tucson Special Attraction. You’ll find the museum at 4455 E. Camp Lowell Drive in Tucson, about 20 minutes drive from downtown. Hours are Tuesday – Saturday, 9 AM – 4 PM. Sunday, Noon – 4 PM. Closed on Mondays and major holidays.

Historic figure photos and artist photos courtesy of Museum of Ventura County.

Scott Sucher

Scott Sucher

George Stuart

George Stuart

 

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