Members' Calendar of Events

Plan now to attend one or all of the upcoming Members' events!

January 2018
25 Tales from the Vault

Tour behind the scenes in the ASDM Mineral Vault! Hear the stories behind some of our 16,000 specimens: some that first saw light of day over 100 years ago, some that traveled to World’s Fairs with famous collectors, and some that are best appreciated through a microscope due to their rarity or perfection of small crystals.

Details:
Maximum 10 people per tour
Minimum age: 10
$25/adult, $20/youth ages 10-18, in addition to Museum admission
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Coati Pups Preschool Program

Coati Pups Preschool and Toddler Programs are for children ages 2-5 who are wild about the desert. All programs include on grounds exploration, live animal encounters, a snack, and craft your child can make and take home. Today's theme is Desert Animal Storytime: “Desert Night Shift” with Penny Packrat
Packrats are the desert’s collectors. Discover these curious creatures and some of their favorite collectibles as we read a story about a packrat and collect some items for her backpack.

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27 Tales from the Vault

Tour behind the scenes in the ASDM Mineral Vault! Hear the stories behind some of our 16,000 specimens: some that first saw light of day over 100 years ago, some that traveled to World’s Fairs with famous collectors, and some that are best appreciated through a microscope due to their rarity or perfection of small crystals. Details: Maximum 10 people per tour Minimum age: 10 $25/adult, $20/youth ages 10-18, in addition to Museum admission
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29 Tales from the Vault

Tour behind the scenes in the ASDM Mineral Vault! Hear the stories behind some of our 16,000 specimens: some that first saw light of day over 100 years ago, some that traveled to World’s Fairs with famous collectors, and some that are best appreciated through a microscope due to their rarity or perfection of small crystals.

Details:
Maximum 10 people per tour
Minimum age: 10
$25/adult, $20/youth ages 10-18, in addition to Museum admission
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February
3 Tales from the Vault

Tour behind the scenes in the ASDM Mineral Vault! Hear the stories behind some of our 16,000 specimens: some that first saw light of day over 100 years ago, some that traveled to World’s Fairs with famous collectors, and some that are best appreciated through a microscope due to their rarity or perfection of small crystals.

Details:
Maximum 10 people per tour
Minimum age: 10
$25/adult, $20/youth ages 10-18, in addition to Museum admission
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8 The Other Animal: 2018

Become part of the Desert Museum's collection! The Art Institute is excited to welcome back photographer Tom Styrkowicz for "The Other Animal: 2018". Museum members, volunteers, staff and guests are invited to have their photos taken and added to our permanent collection. Each portrait is displayed in the Baldwin Gallery for the duration of the show. Experience free with museum admission.
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9 The Other Animal: 2018

Become part of the Desert Museum's collection! The Art Institute is excited to welcome back photographer Tom Styrkowicz for "The Other Animal: 2018". Museum members, volunteers, staff and guests are invited to have their photos taken and added to our permanent collection. Each portrait is displayed in the Baldwin Gallery for the duration of the show. Experience free with museum admission.
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10 Coati Kids Club Event

What’s Up, Coati? Saturday, February 10, 9:30 a.m.—12 p.m. in the Education Annex Classrooms 1 & 2 and on grounds. Coatis, with their energetic curiosity and social nature, are a perfect mascot for our kids club family programs. Explore their secrets as we meet a keeper at the coati exhibit, make enrichment toys, and craft our own coatis.

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The Other Animal: 2018

Become part of the Desert Museum's collection! The Art Institute is excited to welcome back photographer Tom Styrkowicz for "The Other Animal: 2018". Museum members, volunteers, staff and guests are invited to have their photos taken and added to our permanent collection. Each portrait is displayed in the Baldwin Gallery for the duration of the show. Experience free with museum admission.
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15 Coati Pups Preschool Program

Coati Pups Preschool and Toddler Programs are for children ages 2-5 who are wild about the desert. All programs include on grounds exploration, live animal encounters, a snack, and craft your child can make and take home. Today's theme is "Speedy Strollers: Animal Movement Tour."
It’s a beautiful time to be active in the desert! Hop on board your stroller or use your own strong legs on this active tour to different museum exhibits. At each stop, we will match our movements to the animals’ we meet.

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March
8 Coati Pups Preschool Program

Coati Pups Preschool and Toddler Programs are for children ages 2-5 who are wild about the desert. All programs include on grounds exploration, live animal encounters, a snack, and craft your child can make and take home. Today's theme is "Mess in the Nest." Many desert animals build nests. Sometimes they look quite a mess! Meet some animal nest builders and make a mess of your own with slime, finger paint, and more.

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Coati Pups Preschool Program

Coati Pups Preschool and Toddler Programs are for children ages 2-5 who are wild about the desert. All programs include on grounds exploration, live animal encounters, a snack, and craft your child can make and take home. Today's theme is "Mess in the Nest." Many desert animals build nests. Sometimes they look quite a mess! Meet some animal nest builders and make a mess of your own with slime, finger paint, and more.

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10 Art Institute Annual Opening and Graduation

See what the Art Institute participants of the past year have been up to in their classes and workshops! Each year the Art Institute celebrates and showcases artworks by our wonderful participants. Current students of the Art Institute are invited to submit one work of art to this collective show.
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April
14 Art and The Animal Opening

The Ironwood Gallery is proud to welcome back the Society of Animal Artist’s Art and the Animal. This juried competition is only open to members of the Society of Animal Artists. Art and The Animal features work by a variety of artists from around the world.
A David J. Wagner Traveling Exhibition
http://www.societyofanimalartists.com/exhibits.html

Fiesta Sonora: Southern Arizona Watercolor Opening Reception

Celebrate our natural environment with the Southern Arizona Watercolor Guild’s exhibit Fiesta Sonora. This juried exhibition features work, from SAWG members, that is inspired by the natural environment of the Southwest.
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22 Coati Kids Club Event

Earth Day Celebration: Sunday, April 22, 10 a.m. to noon in the Education Annex Classrooms 1 & 2 and on grounds.* Happy Earth Day! Discover ways that you can take care of our one and only Earth, starting with how to be smart Sonoran Desert dwellers. With the opening of our new Packrat Playhouse, we will offer an hour of special Earth Day programming and exclusive free play in this space before it opens to the general public at 10 a.m. Coati Kids Club members can register for the discounted member rate. Then join us for more Earth Day fun. Stay tuned for details!

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29 25th Annual Desert Museum Gala

Mark your calendar for a memorable evening of fine dining, amazing auctions, animal ambassadors, live music, and all things uniquely Desert Museum. This year, In honor of Tucson’s designation as the first American City of Gastronomy, among our beautiful blossoming succulents, ancestral crops dating back 4,000 years will be featured — as well as interpreted with a delicious contemporary twist on the menu!
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July
21 Coati Kids Club Event

Meet the Beetles! Saturday, July 21, 4:30 to 6 p.m. in the Education Annex Classrooms 1 & 2 and on grounds. Beetles are the most common insects on Earth, and we have many kinds here in the Sonoran Desert. We will uncover basic beetle biology, learn to identify common species, and explore fascinating facts about these incredible creatures. Not buggy enough for you? Stay for the Insect Insanity! events planned throughout this Cool Summer Night.

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September
8 Coati Kids Club Event

Back to School: Saturday, September 8, 10 a.m. to noon in the Education Annex Classrooms 1-2.*
Back-to-school means it’s time to gather knowledge and carry important items in our backpacks. Some desert dwellers also carry or contain the things they need to thrive here. We’ll explore how living things use their adaptations for life in the desert. We’ll also discover how animals learn and highlight some of the Museum’s great learning opportunities.

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October
20 Coati Kids Club Event

Tools of Defense: Saturday, October 20, 9:30 a.m.—12 p.m. in the Education Annex Classrooms 1 & 2 and on grounds. It’s a creature eat creature world. We will discover some of the many strategies animals employ to avoid becoming a meal, as well as those they use to defend territory, nests, and more.

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View a calendar of Museum-wide events here