June 1st through August 31st
This summer, Tucson Botanical Gardens members can show your membership card and receive free admission at Tohono Chul Park, Tucson Museum of Art, and The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures! Please note, this reciprocity agreement does not include other member benefits, such as discounts or admission to special events.
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Tucson Botanical Gardens’s special summer programming offers members and guests a lush and shady oasis during the hot summer months of June, July, and August. Back by popular demand, our Dog Days of Summer has been expanded to allow leashed canine visitors every day of the week during regular Gardens hours! Admission is $3 per visit, or human Gardens members may purchase a dog membership for only $20 to allow your furry family member unlimited summer admission. The Gardens and Café Botanica will open at 6:30am every Saturday and Sunday throughout the summer as we offer our Early Bird Weekends for guests who wish to enjoy an early morning stroll followed by a delicious breakfast. Join us every Thursday for Twilight Thursdays and the 4th Saturday of each month for Sunset Saturdays as the Gardens remains open late so guests can enjoy the lovely setting in the cooler evening hours. Dinner may be purchased in the Café from 5-8:00pm, and you are always welcome to bring your own dinner and picnic in the Gardens. Please visit www.tucsonbotanical.org for a full list of summer events.
At Tohono Chul this summer it’s the Sky Above (May 1-August 16), featuring multimedia and conceptual interpretations of our desert skies — from menacing storm clouds to starry nights — and Season of the Saguaro (June 12-October 4), an exhibit matching pieces from the Park’s permanent collection with contemporary works by local artists, all in homage to the iconic saguaro cactus. The Garden Bistro will feature monthly specials all summer. Our annual Monsoon Madness Plant Sale is July 24 and 25. And our signature Bloom Night with the much anticipated return of the Queen of the Night. To find out when, sign up for email notifications at www.bloomwatch.org.
Visit historic downtown Tucson, and enjoy reciprocal membership benefits and free parking at the Tucson Museum of Art. See six new exhibits throughout the summer: Livin’ Large: Works from the 1980s; Horses of the West: Power, Freedom, and Friendship; Surfaces: Photographs by Fritz Kaeser; Of Earth and Sand: Ceramics and Glass Works; Arizona Biennial 2015 (opening July 25); and Museum as Sanctuary: Perspectives of Resilience (with The Hopi Foundation’s Owl & Panther Project opening July 17). Every Thursday the Museum is open until 8 PM! Bring the kids to Picture This! Art for Families, a free family program held the 1st Sunday of every month, including gallery activities, special performances, and hands-on art making projects. Café a la C’Art, the award-winning Museum café, serves breakfast and lunch all week long, happy hour and dinner Wednesday-Sunday, and weekend brunch. Visit www.tucsonmuseumofart.org for more information.
It’s always cool at The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures. This summer, get inside the head of local artist Ric Maledon in the temporary exhibit Miniatures from the Mind’s Eye of Ric Maledon, open from June 2 – August 2. The 2nd Saturday of every month, kids can make their own miniature to take home during our Kids Create Family Fun program. During Tiny Tales for Tots, little ones can meet Fairy Caitlin and friends from More to the Story Entertainment for a story and sing-a-long. You can even drop the kids off for a few hours of crafts and games during clubHOUSE at our member price of $15/afternoon with advance registration when you use booking code SWAP15. Details about all of these programs can be found at www.theminitimemachine.org.