Visit new Southern Arizona Heritage & Visitor Center in downtown Tucson

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The Southern Arizona Heritage and Visitor Center is now open on the ground floor of the Historic Pima County Courthouse.

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.

The Southern Arizona Heritage and Visitor Center is now open on the ground floor of the Historic Pima County Courthouse. Courtesy of website.

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.

The Southern Arizona Heritage and Visitor Center is now open on the ground floor of the Historic Pima County Courthouse. Courtesy of website.

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.

The Southern Arizona Heritage and Visitor Center is now open on the ground floor of the Historic Pima County Courthouse. Courtesy of website.

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.”

Visitor Center

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  1. Got the notice yesterday that this visitor center/tourist attraction is closing indefinitely, due to coronavirus concerns. Stay tuned for re-opening. We at BFAZ are trying to stay on top of all the cancellations/suspensions/postponements of events. Stay healthy everyone.

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