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Phoenix, Scottsdale, and Tempe Sights

Arizona State University

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Updated 03/26/2014

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What began as the Tempe Normal School for Teachers—in 1886 a four-room redbrick building and 20-acre cow pasture—is now the 750-acre Tempe campus of ASU, the largest university in the Southwest. The university now has four campuses located across the Valley. As you walk around campus, you'll wind past public art and innovative architecture—including a music building that bears a strong resemblance to a wedding cake, designed by Taliesin students to echo Frank Lloyd Wright's Gammage Auditorium, and a law library shaped like an open book—and end up at the impressive 71,706-seat Sun Devil Stadium.

Arizona State University Art Museum. This museum is in the gray-purple stucco Nelson Fine Arts Center, just north of Gammage Auditorium on the Arizona State campus. For a relatively small museum, it has an extensive collection, including 19th- and 20th-century painting and sculpture by masters such as Winslow Homer, Edward Hopper, Georgia O'Keeffe, and Rockwell Kent. Works

by faculty and student artists are also on display, and there's a gift shop. Mill Ave. and 10th St., 85287. 480/965–2787. Free. No credit cards. Tues. 11–8, Wed.–Sat. 11–5. Summer hrs vary.

ASU Memorial Union. Stop here for maps of a self-guided walking tour of the Tempe campus. 1290 S. Normal Ave., 85287. 480/965-5728.

Sun Devil Stadium. Home to the Arizona State University's Sun Devils, this stadium is carved out of a mountain and cradled between the Tempe buttes. ASU Campus, 5th St., 85281. 480/965–2100.

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Tempe, Arizona, 85281, United States




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Updated 03/26/2014


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