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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.

Western Experience  

Walk in the footsteps of Wyatt Earp, Pancho Villa, and Cochise.

Military History  

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


Jul 16

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

Jul 16

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

Aug 03

First Fridays at Arizona History Museum August 3, 2018 - December 6, 2019

A Blue Star Museum that offers free admission to active-duty military... Read More

Jul 28

Empire Ranch: National Day of the Cowboy July 28, 2018

National Day of the Cowboy celebrates preserving our nation's pioneer... Read More

Aug 19

Tucson Presidio's Birthday Event at Historic Train Depot August 19, 2018

Celebrate the 243rd anniversary of the founding of the Tucson... Read More

Sep 01

103rd Annual Sonoita Labor Day Rodeo September 1, 2018 - September 3, 2018

For the 103rd year, one of the oldest Old West rodeos in the country... Read More

Oct 05

Rex Allen Days October 5, 2018 - October 7, 2018

The Town of Willcox celebrates the music and life of hometown hero,... Read More

Oct 13

Tucson Presidio: Living History Days October 13, 2018

The Tucson Presidio museum/gift shop, re-enacts 1775-1856 Tucson life... Read More

Oct 20

Anza Day at Historic Canoa Ranch October 20, 2018

The Historic Canoa Ranch hosts its annual Anza Day festivities,... Read More

Heritage & Culture - Itin…

These dynamic one-day adventures can be combined to create multi-day itineraries... Read More


Go back in time and discover Tucson's rich heritage and culture . Our museums draw you into the interactive displays and artifacts that curate our... Read More