The Presidio Museum has several new offerings in February, including new walking tours focusing on public art and murals downtown and the return of the Presidio District Gastronomy Tour.
Two new public art and mural tours will be held each month beginning at the Presidio Museum. Beginning Feb. 12, from 9-11 am, the Mainly Murals Tour will discuss many of the murals found in the downtown area, including the artist, history of the mural, and many of the artists’ inspirations behind the pieces. The tour includes murals north of Congress St. on a 2-mile loop. The February tour is already sold out, but the tour be held on the second Saturday of each month through at least April, coinciding with the museum’s Living History Day. After the tour, attendees are invited to enjoy Living History Day, which includes a variety of historic re-enactments and demonstrations, after they finish their tour. The cost for these art tours is $15 for Presidio Museum members and $20 for non-members and includes admission to the Presidio Museum after the tour concludes. Pre-registration is highly recommended. For more information and to register, go to https://tucsonpresidio.com/walking-tours/
The Public Art Walking Tour will showcase both public art sculptures and murals – approximately half of the stops are murals and half are public art pieces. The tour takes approximately two hours and covers a 2-mile loop. This tour will be held on Feb. 19 at 10 am and 1 pm, and then again on Feb. 27 beginning at 9 am and will continue to be held on the fourth Sunday of each month after the Feb. 27 tour, at least through April. Except for the Feb. 19 tours, most of the murals on this tour will be located south of Congress St. The cost for these tours is $15 for Presidio Museum members and $20 for non-members and includes admission to the Presidio Museum after the tour concludes. Pre-registration is highly recommended. For more information and to register, go to https://tucsonpresidio.com/walking-tours/.
Also on Feb.12, from 10 am-2 pm, our Living History Day will celebrate Arizona’s statehood. The Presidio Museum comes alive allowing visitors to get a feel for what it would have been like to be in the Presidio at its height of occupation in the late 18th century. Traditional demonstrations available throughout the event include blacksmithing, tastings of handmade tortillas, children’s games, soldier drills and firing of muskets and cannon and much more. This month, in addition to our traditional demonstrations, Arizona Statehood Day highlights how Arizona became a state from New Spain to the Mexican era to the Territorial period and finally to Arizona Statehood Day on February 14th. Re-enactors from every period will be on hand to show what life was like in the last several centuries. As part of the celebration, Danzacultura Mexicana will perform Folklorico dancing at 11 am. This event is included in admission.
The History in the Field Youth Workshops will focus on Early People this month. Being held on Feb. 14 from 10 am-12 pm and Feb. 21 from 4-6 pm, these workshops will focus on the people who inhabited the Tucson area before the Spanish arrived. Lessons will include information about the Hohokam, Tohono O’odham, and Apache. The cost of the workshop is $5/attendee. Pre-registration is required at https://tucsonpresidio.com/history-in-the-field-youth-programs/ and adult chaperones are required to participate.
The popular Presidio District Gastronomy Tours return on Feb. 17 and continue on March 10 and Apr. 14 from 12:30-4 pm. Coordinated by the Presidio Museum and celebrating Tucson’s UNESCO City of Gastronomy designation, the tour includes stops at four locations in the historic Presidio District of Downtown Tucson:
- Presidio San Agustín del Tucson Museum
- El Charro Café
- LaCo Restaurant
- Cafe a la C’art
Participants learn from knowledgeable tour guides and experience Tucson’s complex food heritage and the fusion of Old and New World ingredients. They’ll also hear great stories of Tucson’s history in these historic locations. The cost of the tour is $90/person or $75/Presidio Museum Member. Pre-registration is required at https://tucsonpresidio.com/presidio-district-gastronomy-tours/ The Presidio District Gastronomy Tours are sponsored by the Downtown Tucson Partnership and Visit Tucson.
The Presidio Museum will celebrate Rodeo Days by offering themed activities at the Rodeo Funday at the Presidio Museum on Feb. 25, from 10 am-2 pm. The event may include cow-roping and a horse-shoe-making demo by the Presidio’s blacksmiths. Attendees will also learn about the role of the Rodeo in Tucson’s history and culture. This event is included with admission, and all activities will occur from 10 am to 2 pm.
The Presidio San Agustín del Tucson Museum is located on the northeast corner of the original Presidio at 196 N. Court Ave. The Presidio Museum is a reconstruction of the original Tucson Presidio built in 1775. Docent tours give visitors a glimpse of what life in the Presidio was like for soldiers and other residents. Additional highlights include an original 150-year-old Sonoran row house and a 2,000-year-old prehistoric pit house. Admission is $5 for adults, $1 for children ages 6-13 and free for children five and under and Presidio Museum members. The Presidio Museum is managed by the Tucson Presidio Trust for Historic Preservation, a not-for-profit entity whose mission is to guide and aid in the interpretation of history at the Presidio San Agustín through research, education and living history experiences.