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Presidio San Agustin del Tucson

Address: Court Avenue, Tucson, AZ 85702-1334
Phone Number: 520-837-8119
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Ranked #58 of 290 things to do in Tucson
Type: Historic walking areas, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: Live History at the Presidio San Agustin! Tucson's original Spanish Presidio was founded in 1775...
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Type: Historic walking areas, Sights & Landmarks
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Sun 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wed - Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Owner description: Live History at the Presidio San Agustin! Tucson's original Spanish Presidio was founded in 1775 and is located in the heart of Tucson's Old Town. This reconstruction on the original site shows what life was like in early Tucson in the 1700's and 1800's and is FREE. Museum exhibits tell about the activities of early settlers and show how they would have lived. Docents are available to answer questions. On given days Living History interpreters in period clothing bring life inside the walls of the fort as they churn butter, weave, forge iron and perform soldier drills. An original Sonoran row house from Arizona's Territorial period house the gift shop and Museum. Donations are appreciated.

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Osage Beach, United States
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49 reviews 49 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015 NEW

Excellent restoration of what is left of the Presidio. A must stop. Go on the weekend. Plenty of parking at no cost. Very Historic

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Cochrane, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

Walked around the Presidio San Agustin del Tucson on my own. Lots to read but didn't really get an appreciation for the history until I went on a Living History Saturday which are held monthly during the winter. The place came alive with people as well as volunteers. A much better way to learn about things.

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springfield
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

We just happened on this museum and is worth seeking out if you are interested in the history of Tucson. It is where it all started! The staff was very helpful and informative. Well worth your time.

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Surprise, Arizona
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394 reviews 394 reviews
111 attraction reviews
172 helpful votes 172 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

We had to search for the building but all the sudden found it while walking around.You sure can't beat the free price and sure do learn about this Spanish Fort. We got in just in time to get a tour. So much history here. Glad to see some of the fort was saved and it is so interesting to see... More 

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Chicago, Illinois, United States
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31 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

This was another accidental find on this trip. We were walking around the historic district and nearly stumbled over some informational placards. They were telling the history of the artifacts on display, seemingly on the street. We turned the corner and spotted an open gate, and before we knew it we were greeted by a guide. Rachel was so pleasant... More 

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Saint Cloud, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

shows old spanish living and a bit of the native before that. Great for people who have to touch everything. Be sure to bring water though there is some for sale in the gift shop. There is also sunscreen in the bathrooms. The gift shop has AC and so many interesting items. There are a couple rooms off the shop... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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65 reviews 65 reviews
8 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

I have lived in Tucson for 30 years and am sorry to say this was my first visit here...but it won't be my last! In the heart of downtown Tucaon, (133 Washington St.), the Presidio was founded in 1775 by the Spaniards to protect native peoples and colonists. Some of the original walls still exist. If you call ahead, you... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2014

Enjoyable visit to the presidio highlighting everything from conquistadors to the natives. While your here check out the museum of art as well. It is free to active and retired veterans and seniors get a discount.

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Dallas, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2014

While the reconstructed area is quite interesting, one of the things I found most fascinating was the imprint/remains of the actual walls of the original presidio on the ground. This small reconstruction depicts very accurately and interestingly the life in the original presidio in Tucson. The timeline and wall signs give an interesting history of the indigenous peoples of the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2013 via mobile

Living history re creates life at the Spanish Presidio of San Agustin del Tucson, circa 1780. A real look into the past with a reconstructed section of the fort. Not to be missed

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