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When temperatures rise in June, indoor attractions at the University of Arizona offer welcome relief from the heat. With a forecast of 110-plus degrees for Tucson later this week, the UA has no shortage of interesting diversions, such as these:
UA Museum of Art, 1031 N. Olive Road, 621-7567, artmuseum.arizona.edu. See the world through the eyes of renowned visual artists. The museum has more than 5,000 paintings, sculptures, prints and drawings.
UA School of Art Galleries, 1031 N. Olive Road, art.arizona.edu/facilities/galleries. Exhibits by student, faculty and professional artists in a broad range of media and concepts.
Flandrau Science Center & Planetarium and UA Mineral Museum, 1601 E. University Blvd., 621-4516 or 621-4227, flandrau.org. Flandrau is open all summer with family-friendly exhibits and the dazzling specimens of the Mineral Museum. The Planetarium Theater is under renovation, with shows resuming in late August.
- Shakespeare's Contemporaries and Elizabethan Culture, UA Library Special Collections, 1510 E. University Blvd., 621-6423, speccoll.library.arizona.edu. In addition to examining specific playwrights and relevant literary works, the exhibit includes historical snapshots such as anti-theatrical polemics, scientific discoveries and political activities.
- Arizona State Museum, 1013 E. University Blvd., 621-4695, statemuseum.arizona.edu. Established in 1893, the museum is the oldest and largest anthropology museum in the Southwest. As an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, it has a collection of more than 25,000 woven pieces of rare baskets, sandals, cradle boards, mats, cordage and preserved fibers representing every indigenous basket-making culture in North America.
- Jim Click Hall of Champions, McKale Center, 1 National Championship Drive, arizonawildcats.com. The Jim Click Hall of Champions is a hall of fame display on the McKale mezzanine featuring 18 UA intercollegiate sports. The displays are centered on outstanding student-athletes, performances, events and traditions from more than 100 years of UA Athletics.
- Center for Creative Photography, 1030 N. Olive Road, 621-7968, creativephotography.org. An archive, museum and research center dedicated to photography as an art form and cultural record, the center's changing exhibits share key archives from Ansel Adams, Edward Weston, Garry Winogrand, Harry Callahan and others.
- History of Pharmacy Museum, 1703 E. Mabel St., 626-1427, pharmacy.arizona.edu/visitors/pharmacy-museum. Housed in two College of Pharmacy buildings, the museum is a collection of hundreds of thousands of items, including bottles, original drug containers, books, store fixtures and artifacts from Arizona (circa 1880 to 1950) and elsewhere.
- Richard F. Caris Mirror Lab, 527 National Championship Drive (underneath the east side of Arizona Stadium), 626-8792, mirrorlab.as.arizona.edu/tours. Watch how mirrors are created for Earth-based telescopes such as the Giant Magellan Telescope. Scientists at the lab build some of the world's largest telescopic mirrors.
- Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research, 1215 E. Lowell St., 621-0984, ltrr.arizona.edu. The tree-ring lab offers free one-hour, docent-led tours, presenting information about its rich history.
- Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter, 9800 E. Ski Run Road, skycenter.arizona.edu. Use the Mount Lemmon Sky Island app to learn the stories of discovery and interesting facts about the mountain on the way up. For more information: http://www.visittucson.org/things-to-do/space/geotour-tucson/mt-lemmon-science-tour-app/. Then visit the SkyCenter at the 9,157-foot summit for the SkyNights StarGazing program at night.