There are a variety of ways to experience Tucson’s history in March at the Presidio Museum.


Our Living History Day: Tucson’s Irish Connection will be held on Saturday, March 9, from 10 am-2 pm.  In 1775, Irishman Hugo O’Conór, a captain of the Spanish army, signed the proclamation to build the Presidio San Agustín. Celebrate Hugo’s Irish ancestry and Tucson’s Irish roots with an early St. Patrick’s Day celebration. Enjoy the sounds of The Out of Kilters traditional Celtic Band. Irish soda bread and green horchata will be served, and other Irish cultural demonstrations and experiences will be included in the event.

Schedule: 10:45 am.      Lecture on Hugo O’Conór 11:45 am       Repeat of Lecture on Hugo O’Conór  1:00 pm.        The Out of Kilters, a traditional Celtic band

In addition, a variety of demonstrations may include blacksmithing, soldier drills and cannon fire, weaving, handmade tortilla tasting and more. This event is included in admission.


March’s Salon & Saloon Lecture this month is “Women Spies in the Civile War – Elizabeth Van Lew and Mary Bowser” held on Saturday, March 16, at 2 pm in the Monsoon Room at JoJo’s restaurant, 201 N. Court Ave., across the street from the Presidio Museum. Elise Moore, a member of the Tucson Civil War Roundtable, tells the story of these two amazing women who played major roles in the Civil War. Hear about Elizabeth Van Lew, an abolitionist, who ran a sophisticated spy ring for the Union from Richmond, Virginia. Mary Bowser, a former slave, was able to infiltrate the home of Confederate President Jefferson Davis by posing as an enslaved servant. Lectures are $5/person and can be paid at the door or online at


The museum’s popular Native Nations Craft Market & Demonstrations will take place on Saturday, March 30, from 10 am-2 pm. Celebrate the history and culture of the indigenous people of Arizona with cultural demonstrations, a craft market, and the sale of popovers and fry bread, both sweet and savory. This event is included in admission.


Our popular walking tours will continue this month.  The cost is $30 for non-members and $20 for Presidio Museum members unless otherwise noted.  Pre-registration is required at


Mainly Murals – March 2, 9-11 am

Mainly Murals + Wine Tasting – March 2, 1-4 pm ($50/member, $60/non-member)

Turquoise Trail – March 9, 10 am-12:30 pm

Turquoise Trail, A Slightly Shorter Tour – March 17, 9-11 am

Shorter Turquoise Trail + Wine Tasting – March 17, 1-4 pm ($50/member, $60/non-member)

University of Arizona – March 19, 9-11:30 am

Santa Cruz River History – March 22, 10 am-12 pm

Presidio District Tour – March 22, 10 am-12:30 pm

Public Art & Murals – March 23, 9-11 am

Public Art & Murals + Wine Tasting – March 23, 1-4 pm ($55/member, $65/non-member)

NEW TOUR:  Murals & More + Margaritas in the 4th Avenue District – March 24, 11:30 am-2 pm ($36/member, $46/non-member) 

NEW TOUR:  Murals & More in the 4th Avenue District – March 24, 3-4:30 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 $9 for adults, $6 for children ages 6-13 and free for children five and under and Presidio Museum members. Pima County residents, seniors 65+ and members of the military receive a $3 discount with ID. 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.