Provided at 11 am Thursdays, 1 pm Sundays, and daily based on Docent Availability
The Presidio San Agustín del Tucson Museum is a re-creation of the Tucson Presidio built in 1775. Visitors travel back in time to learn about life as early Tucsonans would have lived it. Docent tours discuss life in the Santa Cruz Valley for early Native Americans, Presidio residents and Territorial Period settlers. The fusion of Spanish, Mexican, Native American and American cultures is highlighted in period foods, clothing, and tools. Throughout the week, short demonstrations such as the comparison of Old and New World foods, making dye from Cochineal, and others may be available for visitors, who will also see the archaeological remains of a pit house, walk along the original Presidio wall and experience a 150 year old classic Sonoran Row house.
Monthly Events (From October through April, Included with Admission)
Family Adventure Hour: 4th Saturday of the Month, 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Children ages 4-8 are invited to visit the Museum and enjoy an experience designed just for them including a tour of the Museum, a demonstration of where cochineal comes from, (the red-dye that was an important trade commodity for early settlers), and a "daily life" hands-on activity, which could include pot gardening, laundry the "old fashioned way,” making clay bead bracelets, making wool bracelets, tortilla making, or colonial-period games.
Living History Days: 2nd Saturday of the Month, 10 am to 3 pm
Experience the day-to-day lives of soldiers and their families who lived in the Presidio in the late 1700s. Demonstrations include children’s games, candle making, weaving, and blacksmithing. Enjoy fresh baked bread and handmade tortillas. Soldiers practice their drills and fire a four-pound bronze cannon, a replica of cannons used at the Presidio in the late 1700s. Interactive opportunities allow visitors to pump the bellows of the blacksmith’s forge, spin cotton and learn how the soldiers fire their muskets. Cllick here to see the 2018-19 Living History Days themes for each event.
Blacksmithing Demonstration: 4th Saturday of the Month, 10:30 am - 1:30 pm
See how the blacksmith was a vital part of the Presidio community, making nails for construction projects, as well as tools and weapons that were necessary for survival. Visitors who would like to can assist our blacksmith by pumping the bellows of his fire.
Old and New World Harvests Demonstration: 4th Sunday of the Month, 1-3 pm
Learn about the crops and bounty of the native Sonoran desert and about those plants and foodstuffs brought over from Europe.
Walking Tours (Additional Fee)
Turquoise Trail Walking Tour: Various Dates Throughout the Year, 10 am to 12:30 pm
This docent-led walking tour covers the 2 ½ mile Turquoise Trail through the heart of downtown. Learn about Tucson’s fascinating history and see some architectural gems. Price: $15 for non-members, $10 for members. Click here to register for this tour.
The Presidio District Experience: A Progressive Food Heritage and History Tour: Various Dates Throughout the Year, 12:30 to 4 pm
Endorsed by the Tucson City of Gastronomy, the Presidio District Experience Tour includes stops at several locations in the historic Presidio District of Downtown Tucson. Participants experience Tucson's complex food heritage and the fusion of Old and New World ingredients while hearing great stories of Tucson's history in historic locations. Click here for more information or to register for this tour.
Other Tours Including the Presidio Museum
- For another Downtown Tucson activity, try Urban Adventure Quest's Smart Phone Guided Scavenger Hunt Adventure. Solve clues, complete challenges, and learn Tucson history, all while playing with your friends and family, on your own schedule. Sign up at www.UrbanAdventureQuest.com. Use promo code Presidio for 20 percent off!