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Sat, Sep 17



Smithsonian Museum Day 2022

Museum Day is a one-day event in which participating museums & cultural institutions across the country provide free entry to anyone presenting a Museum Day ticket. Participants are allowed to download one ticket per email address. The ticket provides free general admission on Sat., September 17th.

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Smithsonian Museum Day 2022
Smithsonian Museum Day 2022

Time & Location

Sep 17, 2022, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Tubac, 1 Burruel St, Tubac, AZ 85646, USA

About the Event

The Tubac Presidio Historic Park and Museum is a central site in the history of the Native-American, Spanish, Mexican and American Southwest. It is the quintessential Arizona experience in the town where “art and history meet!”

Our museum showcases award-winning artifacts, art and displays which bring 2,000 years of unbelievable Southwest history to life. See Arizona’s first printing press, our original 1885 Tubac school house, participate in any of our many engaging, hands-on activities and get your photo taken in front of our authentic 1850's wagon ambulance, the only vehicle of its type in the U.S. We have three buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Buildings, as well as a “Stairway to the Past” exhibit that shows actual remains of the Spanish Presidio built in 1752. Stroll our grounds and enjoy our eight gorgeous gardens of flora, herbs, plants and cacti of historic significance to the area. And be sure not to miss the “Cavalcade of History” paintings by Bill Ahrendt in the Shaw D. Kinsley gallery (one of three art exhibitions at the Park). These paintings depict historical events in Arizona’s history and were originally featured in Arizona Highways magazine in the 1980s. We invite you to come and explore Arizona’s first state park and find out why we have been voted Tubac Arizona’s #1 attraction ten years in a row!


Who is Tubac? I AM TUBAC!

Tubac Presidio State Historic Park welcomes you to a new permanent exhibit. Tubac has long been a community made up of people from various walks of life, a true fusion of cultural traditions, values and practices. Tubac is still distinguished by this cultural influence.

Tubac is also a community of regular people with daily struggles and ambitions. I Am Tubac is an exciting new exhibit that highlights ordinary people that carved out a life in the Santa Cruz Valley.

From Chinese born Luis Lim, Tubac’s first known Asian, to Joseph, the O’odham leader of Tubac’s farming community these people left their names in the history of the village. Don't miss this newest exhibit featuring a dozen exciting stories about people of Tubac who helped develop the distinct identity of this colorful town. YOU are Tubac too, and we invite you to "put yourself" in the exhibit. 

Here's how:

1) Take a selfie - include your family, group, dog--anyone! 2) E-mail the photo from your phone or computer to 3) If you use social media, be sure to tag us @tubacpresidio and use our hashtag #IAMTUBAC

Who is Tubac? YOU are TUBAC! #tubacpresidio

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