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.
Walk in the footsteps of Wyatt Earp, Pancho Villa, and Cochise.
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
Featured Heritage & Culture Events
The Resiliency of Hopi Agriculture: 2000 Years of Planting July 16, 2018 - June 29, 2019
Arizona State Museum presents this photographic exhibit--guest... Read More
Woven Through Time: American Treasures of Native Basketry & Fiber Art July 16, 2018 - March 2, 2020
Arizona State Museum's new permanent exhibit features a sampling of... Read More
Tucson Presidio's Birthday Event at Historic Train Depot August 19, 2018
Celebrate the 243rd anniversary of the founding of the Tucson... Read More