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Heritage & Culture

Native American culture meets Mexican and Spanish colonial history.

Travel Through Tucson's Rich History

Arizona only became a state in 1912, and the region—formerly part of Mexico—wasn't even a U.S. territory until the 1840s. The area is also one of the earliest inhabited areas of the country, with evidence of Hohokam settlements dating back thousands of years.

All of these elements make Tucson one of the most culturally rich cities of the West and a mecca for history buffs looking for a truly distinctive lens into America's past.

Expand your mind and see history in a new light as you observe ancient Native American sites at Murray Springs and Signal Hill, follow the trails of early Spanish explorers, witness a reenactment of the shootout at OK Corral, and travel deep into Arizona's copper mining past.

Historic Anza Trail  

Follow the trail the Spanish took to colonize California.

Western Experience  

Walk in the footsteps of Wyatt Earp, Pancho Villa, and Cochise.

Military History  

From Native American warriors and Spanish conquistadors to the U.S. cavalry and Cold War missiles.

Missions & Churches  

Experience the beauty of sacred places dating back hundreds of years.

Our Rich Past 

Unpack centuries of Native American clashes, Spanish colonization, Arizona's mining boom, and more.


Video: The Anza Campaign


Jun 25

Woven Through Time: American Treasures of Native Basketry & Fiber Art June 25, 2018 - December 5, 2018

Arizona State Museum's new permanent exhibit opens April 8, 2017 and... Read More

Jul 06

First Fridays at Arizona History Museum July 6, 2018 - December 6, 2019

A Blue Star Museum that offers free admission to active-duty military... Read More

Sep 01

103rd Annual Sonoita Labor Day Rodeo September 1, 2018 - September 3, 2018

For the 103rd year, one of the oldest Old West rodeos in the country... Read More

Feb 08

Cochise Cowboy Poetry & Music Gathering February 8, 2019 - February 10, 2019

Southern Arizona's rich Western ranching heritage is celebrated by... Read More

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Go back in time and discover Tucson's rich heritage and culture . Our museums draw you into the interactive displays and artifacts that curate our... Read More