Tucson, AZ-- The Fort Lowell Museum continues to offer fun and history-related activities throughout the month of April. Don’t forget our NEW OPERATING HOURS OF 10 AM TO 3 PM Thursday through Saturday!


History in the Park: Entertainment and Leisure in the 1800s will take place on Saturday, April 6, from 10 am-1 pm. Learn how people in 1800s Tucson entertained themselves, from gambling and drinking to the more wholesome activities of the city parks that the whole family could enjoy. The 4th Cavalry Regimental Band will perform at 11 am. In addition, re-enactors will set up various displays along Cottonwood Lane on the history of Fort Lowell. Displays can include 1800s frontier Army, residents of Fort Lowell, faro dealer and a blacksmith demonstration. This event is included in admission.


Family Funday: Nature is Life will be held on Saturday, April 27, from 10 am-1 pm. In honor of Earth Day, we will have a series of hands-on activities that will focus on our environment and wildlife. Visitors will receive wildflower seeds (while supplies last). Special guests: Tucson Succulent Society and Cooper Center for Environment Education.

This event is included in admission.

Fort Lowell Neighborhood walking tours will be held on Monday, April 8 and Monday, April 22, from 9:30 am-12 pm. The Fort Lowell area is much more than the territorial fort. If you understand the history of the area, you understand the history of Arizona. Historian and preservationist Ken Scoville leads this tour delving into the cultural layers of Tucson. The oasis of water and trees at the confluence of the Pantano Wash and the Tanque Verde Creek, was a draw for many. As early as the first century AD, the Hohokam farmed the area. In the 19th century, water attracted settlers from Mexico as well as the United States military in 1873. Later, a new wave of farmers came, creating the community of El Fuerte. Artists and dreamers would join in the teens and twenties to restore adobe ruins from the fort. By the 1950s, the automobile and air conditioning would bring huge population growth and pressures for change. Fort Lowell would become a historic district to help preserve this unique area. The cost of the tour is $20/member, and $30/non-member. Pre-registration is required at www.TucsonPresidio.com/walking-tours/


Fort Lowell was a military supply post active from 1873 to 1891. The museum is located in Fort Lowell Park at 2900 N. Craycroft Rd. in an 1880s reproduction adobe officers’ quarters. Visitors see displays about the purpose and history of the fort, its soldiers and their families, In addition, displays are included about the Apache of the region and the pre-history of the area seen at the nearby Hardy site. The museum is open from 10 am to 3 pm Thursdays through Saturdays. Admission to the museum is $3/person and free for those five and younger and Fort Lowell and Presidio Museum members are free.