Presidio San Agustin del Tucson

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Presidio San Agustin del Tucson

Presidio San Agustin del Tucson
4.5
Points of Interest & Landmarks • Historic Walking Areas
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
The Presidio San Agustin 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. See the archaeological remains of a pit house, walk along the original Presidio wall and experience a 150 year old classic Sonoran Row house. $5 adults, $1 children 6-14 and Free for children 5 and under and Presidio Museum members
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Jim L
Orillia, Canada684 contributions
Mar 2022
Tucson has a fascinating history that is more closely tied to first, the Hohokam and other first nations, then followed by Mexico with Spanish influence before it became part of the USA. This little museum sits in the location of the most important places in the history of Tucson, and arguably a large portion of the southwest. Although small, it is well done with lots of information and history of all phases of development. The real value comes from the docents/guides who really animated the history. Mauto was our guide and was very knowledgeable on both the history of the area and how its history shaped what is Tuscon and Arizona today. The museum is part of a delightfully walkable (at least in cooler weather) historic downtown.
Written April 1, 2022
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Jeff K
Pittsburgh, PA1,399 contributions
Apr 2022 • Couples
My wife and I stopped here recently. You can tour on your own or a volunteer tour guide will give you a short tour or long tour. The short tour worked well for us. It lasted about 30 minutes and was a good use of time. It was a little disappointing to learn that the Presidio is not original but we learned a lot from the tour. Definitely worth a stop if you’re downtown.
Written May 2, 2022
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flowerlady64
Durham, UK508 contributions
Jan 2020
Being surrounded by high rise buildings it is good to see this reconstruction of part of Tucson's past.

We were lucky to find on a Sunday docent led tours. We had the history of the building from Kathe then went around ourselves to read the boards. It was interesting to see examples of plants and trees which were found here or imported for food and other uses particularly the uses of cochineal and it's derivation.

There is also a small museum and a nice gift shop selling items we haven't come across in other museums.

Friendly staff and docents and an interesting way to spend an hour or so. Easily accessed from the Sun Tran.
Written January 5, 2020
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I'm glad you enjoyed your visit to the Presidio Museum! Please return again and tell others! The Presidio Museum will come alive this Saturday, January 11, during our Living History Day. The theme is Garrisons of the Frontier. Learn about the different garrisons that have been stationed in Tucson since the arrival of the Spanish in 1775 to statehood in 1914. Spanish, Mexican, and American garrisons have all been a part of Tucson’s military history. In addition to these themed activities, other opportunities for visitors include: ** Tastings of hand-made tortillas and fresh-made bread ** Interactive demonstrations of children’s games and weaving ** Soldier drills with muskets ** Pumping the bellows of the blacksmith’s forge ** Wayfaring demonstrations ** Roping "cattle" Included in admission.
Written January 7, 2020
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Trysta B
Burbank, CA42 contributions
Jan 2012 • Friends
My family and I decided to do The Presidio Trail, a historical walking tour of Downtown Tucson. We've been going to Tucson for years, but had never actually been downtown. We found a brochure at the airport for the self-guided tour, which starts at the Presidio.

First of all, even though there is a map and street signs pointing this way to Presidio, we had a heck of a time even finding it. There is a painted blue line on the sidewalk that is supposed to guide you to each of the 23 sites around town. We watched for these sites and even though we followed the path, we completely missed about half of them. Then there are other sites that are not on the path, but are listed on the map, with no markers to indicate how to get to them. At several points the blue line left us completely baffled as it seemed to go in divergent directions.

Part of the tour takes you through a somewhat sketchy neighborhood and it also takes you right up to the elementary school. The information plaque there is right up at the front door. I don't recommend going up to read it unless you want some dirty looks from the parents.

All the museums and the Presidio are closed on Mondays, FYI. The one cool thing we found was the colorful flowered amphitheater outside St. Augustine Cathedral. But the cathedral is one of those sites not directly on the blue line. We just saw a big building and decided to check it out. The courthouse is also quite striking and there are some really nice fountains near the Visitors Center.

If you want to explore Downtown Tucson, just wander around. You'll probably find more than we did with a map.
Written February 3, 2012
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AZterritory1912
Chandler, AZ56 contributions
Feb 2016 • Couples
What a hidden gem, virtually stumbled across this while having lunch at La Cocina across the street (which is also good ;-) Apparently The Presidio Trust took over from city of Tucson in May 2015, and it's now run by volunteers and supporters , they're doing an amazing job recreating the past history of the Spanish colonial era in Tucson. The docents can tell you all about it, but we found the informational plaques helpful as well and there is a guide booklet, too. We visited a couple of their 'Living History" events-Dec. and Feb., they're held on the 2nd Saturdays (homemade tortillas, a blacksmith, live cannon and soldiers with muskets and people in authentic costumes!, very busy and fun, lots of kid friendly activities too) and were surprised to see this site also has a native American pit house (think 2000+- years old) that was excavated during archaeological work on the site. Although the fort part is a recreation, it is done very well and really gives a taste of what life was like in the fort after 1775. There's a great little museum that showcases some of the items found during the excavation, and the gift shop has some really unique items I hadn't seen in other places. The docents are knowledgeable and friendly and you can also pick up a copy of the Turquoise Trail map (free), with the Presidio as the #1 stop and start to the walk, which is also worthwhile if you have the time. It's worth way more than the $3 they charge, especially on the living history days, and kids are free, so it's a real deal to see the real history of how Tucson started as a town after the Europeans arrived. It looks like they offer other activities like talks and field trips, so we plan to look into that as well.
Written March 8, 2016
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Victoria K
San Diego, CA255 contributions
Nov 2015 • Couples
Amazingly this presidio from the late 1700s was a parking lot and only recently unearthed and reconstructed. It is the start of the Turquoise Trail in Tucson. This trail is similar to the Freedom Trail in Boston. It is marked by a turquoise stripe on the city sidewalks. It goes for about 3 miles throughout downtown Tucson marking over 20 points of historical interest. There is a Sonoran Rowhouse which is also a museum and quite interesting. Overall it is a nice walk through which you can learn about the establishment of Tucson by Spaniards, as well as earlier Indian history, see old adobe structures and efforts by the city to revitalize old neighborhoods. The Presidio is the highlight and well worth the $3 entry fee to learn about the life of early settlers. I have been coming to Tucson for years to visit relatives and only just discovered this gem in 2015. The map for the trail is available at the Presidio, the visitor center or you can find it online. Take the walk, get some exercise and learn some history! You can stop at he classic El Minuto restaurant near the convention center for lunch. There is also a lovely artisans shop behind the presidio with very nice southwestern crafts for sale and a nice courtyard restaurant.
Written November 28, 2015
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World_Traveler_Food
Little Rock, AR190 contributions
Jan 2020
Checking out the couple of informative exhibits inside doesn't take long, and time spent exploring the re-creation of the Presidio depends on how many questions you ask the very knowledgeable and helpful docents. The original 10-acre fort has been collapsed into a one-block area, with multiple exhibits. A valuable starting place if doing the self-guided walking tour or just if you're wanting to understand an important aspect of Tucson's history.
Written January 25, 2020
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Thank you for your positive review! We're so glad you enjoyed your visit to the Presidio Museum. This Saturday, Feb. 8, is our Living History Day, and we will be celebrating Arizona Statehood. Join us for this birthday celebrating the different eras in Arizona's history from New Spain to statehood. Activities include demonstrations at the Native American pit house, mounted rifle displays and Mexican soldier re-enactors. In honor of Valentine’s day, the museum will also offer samples of Champurrado (Mexican hot chocolate). Several lectures will also occur during the event, including Diet at the Tucson Presidio, Downtown Archaeology, and the Court Street Cemetery. This event is included with the price of admission.
Written February 3, 2020
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culturevulture94
Clinton, WA696 contributions
Nov 2016 • Friends
If you plan your visit (check the website) to arrive on a Living History Saturday, it's quite a spectacle. Volunteers dress as Mexican soldiers, local Native Americans, and pioneers. They demo shooting the canon, making tortillas, casting bullets, spinning, etc. Getting a feel for how the old buildings from the 1700s looked and how life unfolded is a special treat.
Written November 20, 2016
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brewsterstravels
Los Angeles, CA103 contributions
Feb 2013 • Family
this is a great place to go to meet docents who love their job and will give you a history lesson and idea of what life was really like in 1700's arizona. indians, conquistadors and all! i really love this place because it's FREE! other things within walking distance are the "old town artisan's shop & restaurant" and el charro historic restaurant. not much else, so it will just take 1/4 of your day in tucson. "artisan's" is a great place to window shop....but too expensive to buy, in my opinion.
Written March 2, 2013
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Joyfullyanointed
Rancho Cordova, CA173 contributions
Mar 2020
Our group went on a wonderful food tour and learned of its rich food heritage and comples mingling of cultural influences. What an awesome visit and wonderful people.
Written April 9, 2020
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I'm so glad you enjoyed the Gastronomy Tour! Thank you for sharing your positive experience. Please continue to tell others and bring them with you the next time you attend a tour (once they resume) or visit the Presidio Museum! Take care, and we wish you good health!
Written April 10, 2020
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