The Presidio San Agustín del Tucson Museum is reopening with limited evening hours starting on Thursday, June 25. It will be open Thursday through Saturday from 4:30 pm to 8:30 pm from June 25th - August 29th with social distancing practices in place. The Museum has been closed since mid-March due to Covid-19. It is reopening on a limited basis. Covid-19 safety procedures that will be utilized by the Presidio Museum can be found at www.TucsonPresidio.com.
During evening hours, visitors can enjoy the summer outdoors while taking a self-guided tour. No admission fees will be charged during these limited visitation hours, but donations will be gratefully accepted. Additional free outdoor evening events at the Presidio Museum are being planned for the summer. Details coming soon.
Unveiling Of “Soledad’s Garden” Saturday, June 27 at 6 p.m.
and Outdoor Lecture by Archaeologist Homer Thiel at 7 p.m.
To launch the re-opening, the Museum is hosting a “Socially Distanced Reception” unveiling “Soledad’s Garden” to the public on Saturday, June 27th at 6 p.m. The garden features new plantings and interpretive signage tied to the story of Soledad Jacome. Mrs. Jacome was the 1860’s owner and resident of the Sonoran row house in which the Presidio Museum Gift Shop and exhibits are now located. Jacome was unique for her time, as she was a single mother who supported four daughters as a seamstress after the death or desertion of her husband.
The garden was designed by heritage gardener Dena Cowan who will answer questions about the plants in the garden and the foodways of Territorial period Hispanic families that focused around interior courtyards.
Following the garden opening a socially distanced outdoor lecture will be presented at 7 p.m. by archaeologist Homer Thiel who will discuss “Recent Archaeological Finds in Downtown Tucson.” Thiel was featured in a June 1 Arizona Daily Star article about Presidio artifacts found during recent downtown excavation.
The events are free to the public, donations are appreciated. No more than 80 people at a time will be allowed inside the Presidio grounds and masks are required. The reception will include a cash bar and aguas frescas made with ingredients from plants like those growing in Soldedad’s Garden.
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. Highlights include an original 150-year-old Sonoran row house and a 2,000-year-old prehistoric pit house. 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.