This week I dropped by the one month old So. Az Heritage & Visitor Center in downtown Tucson, at 115 N. Church (north of Congress St.) in the greenish domed former Pima County Justice Court iconic building. It’s in Suite 221 on the ground floor, where the Pima County Recorder’s office used to be.
There are lots of panel displays/storytelling portals on the history/culture/wildlife of this region, plus 7 “Visit Tucson” videos on Innovation, History, Food, Art & Culture, Recreation, Water (What is a monsoon?), Nature (What is a saguaro?). I recognized several local Tucsonans in the videos, having lived here since July, 1987.
It’s a bit interactive for kids, with animals and plants to manipulate at one display, and hopefully more in the future. Another seated theater area has several Pima County videos about the good work they are doing in construction, community food gardens, sustainability.
Check it out, daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. but closed on holidays. Parking is on the street on in nearby garages. Free to all.
Their description of this new tourist/local attraction:
“Located in downtown Tucson, Arizona inside the Historic Pima County Courthouse, the Visitor Center is the best place to begin your adventure and learn about the region’s stunning landscapes, diverse people, rich culture, and endless recreational activities and attractions.
Here, you will find a friendly, knowledgeable staff seven days a week who can answer questions about the Historic Courthouse and direct you to activities happening across the Tucson region. A gift shop where you can purchase regionally-themed souvenirs and books, and interactive adventure portals to help you plan your next experience.”