Arizona State Museum

Where you can experience the ancient indigenous and enduring Native cultures of our region 

Arizona State Museum (ASM) cares for the world’s largest and most comprehensive collections documenting the 13,000-year human history of the U.S. Southwest and northern Mexico. Established in 1893, we are the region’s oldest and largest anthropological research museum and the largest state-run archaeological curation facility in the nation.

Donor support greatly enhances ASM’s ability to continue to care for its collections, create new knowledge, and share all its resources with the world in many and varied ways.

In addition to engaging university students through classroom, laboratory, and field instruction, ASM offers a full calendar of public programs sharing its expertise and collections with visitors of all ages through exhibits, school programs, lectures, hands-on activities, workshops, and travel tours.

“Thank you for your support. You help us meet our mission to create, share, and preserve knowledge about the peoples and cultures of our region.”   

– Director Patrick D. Lyons

Our collections contain more than 3 million catalogued objects, curated for the education, inspiration, and enjoyment of current and future generations. ASM is the only institution in the country to have three separate collections honored as American Treasures, a fact that emphasizes the importance of ASM’s holdings to our nation’s shared cultural history.

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Director’s Fund for Excellence

The Director's Fund for Excellence is used at the discretion of leadership at the Arizona State Museum to advance strategic goals. 

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Friends of the ASM Collections

Friends of the ASM Collections is a group dedicated to strengthening and promoting the world-class collections at the Arizona State Museum.

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ASM Memberships

Among the many benefits of an ASM membership, folks enjoy free admission, discounts in the museum store, a monthly newsletter, and discounts on workshops and travel tours, and all fee-based programs.

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