Museums

Hilltop Art GalleryHilltop Art Gallery
hilltopgallery.org
730 North Hilltop Dr
Nogales, AZ 85621
520-287-5515

This quaint art gallery has 3 display rooms and highlights the work of local and regional artists. Local curators regularly rotate art displays at the museum, so there is always something new and exciting to see. The Hilltop Gallery is also host to summer youth art classes, and the children’s art is on display each August. The view from the “Hill Top” is amazing as it looks upon downtown Ambos Nogales and is a terrific place to take pictures of the binational border region.

 

Pimeria Alta Historical Society MuseumPimeria Alta Historical Society Museum
pimeriaaltamuseum.com
136 North Grand Avenue
Nogales, AZ 85621
520-287-4621

Located in the Historic 1914 City Hall, this museum allows visitors to explore the history of the “Pimeria Alta,” the name used to describe the Santa Cruz Valley area historically. Peruse historic pictures of Ambos Nogales when the railroad first met at the border, marvel at the old fire truck that once kept Nogales safe, and get locked up in the old holding cells. This museum tells the whole story of the American Mexican border development in Arizona. Open Tuesday through Saturday 11 am to 4 pm.

 

Arizona Rangers Museum
azrangers.us/museum
21 East Court Street
Nogales, AZ 85621

The museum has on display some unique items of Arizona Ranger history relating to both the Territorial Arizona Rangers as well as the modern day Arizona Rangers. The museum is located in the Historic 1904 Courthouse in downtown Nogales. The museum is open each Saturday from 10 am to 3 pm, and admission is free.

 

1904 Courthouse

Cowbelles Museum
21 East Court Street
Nogales, AZ 85621

This museum highlights the many contributions women made to the area during the early cowboy ranching and mining days of nearly 100 years ago. An active group of Cowbelles still meet monthly. The museum is open one Saturday a month and located in the Historic 1904 Courthouse.

 

Tubac Center of the Arts
tubacarts.org
9 Plaza Road
Tubac, AZ 85646
520-398-2371

Come explore the core of art in Tubac. Here you’ll see and learn about the roots of Tubac’s artistic community. Visit the  Master Artist Gallery for works by those artists that made this area known as where “Art & History Meet.” Spend time viewing art exhibitions and shop at the Gift Shop Gallery filled with jewelry, pottery, a great selection of books, cards, prints and more.  Admission is free. Check out local events at tubaccalendar.com.

 

Tubac Presidio State Historic Park
azstateparks.com/Parks/TUPR
1 Burruel Street
Tubac, AZ 85646
520-398-2252

The church and the military were the vanguards of Spanish frontier expansion throughout New Spain. The Jesuit, Eusebio Francisco Kino, established missions from 1687 to 1711 to Christianize and control Native Americans in the area. He established nearby Tumacacori in 1691. Tubac, then a small Piman village, became a mission farm and ranch. Spanish Colonists began to settle here during the 1730s, irrigating and farming the lands along the river and raising cattle, sheep and goats on the northern frontier of Spain's New World empire. Today the park is open for tours. Open 9:00 am to 5:00 pm daily.

 

TumacacoriTumacacori National Historic Park
nps.gov/tuma
1891 East Frontage Road
Tumacacori, AZ 85640
520-377-5060

More than just adobe, plaster, and wood, these ruins evoke tales of life and land transformed by cultures meeting and mixing. Father Kino’s 1691 landmark visit to an O’odham village when he established Mission Tumacacori was just one event among many waves of change at this site. A quick trip through the mission ruins makes a 30-minute visit possible. Joining a guided tour, walking a bit of the Anza Trail, or exploring the depths of information in the museum can keep a visitor busy for a few hours. Explore the grounds, hike, take a tour, discover the museum, or chat with a cultural demonstrator at this unique park. Open 9:00 am to 5:00 pm daily.

 

Museo de Arte de NogalesMuseo de Arte

The Nogales, Sonora Art Museum is located across the street from the original Catholic Parish and just two blocks south of the border. Its unique architecture contrasts boldly against the traditional architecture of the historic downtown Nogales district and calls tourists to visit its halls of local and regional artwork on display. The Art Museum is oftentimes the site of large outdoor civic celebrations where fireworks, food vendors, and other local flare can be enjoyed by all.