********LA PILITA MUSEUM IS CLOSED*******
420 S. Main, Tucson, Az 85705
This website contains the history of the site, the adjacent El Tiradito site, and Perez Park and a downloadable version of the El Hoyo walking guide.
Nestled in Barrio Viejo, the oldest Mexican-American Barrio in Arizona, La Pilita Museum is dedicated to the story of early Tucson. It is located on South Main Avenue. formerly named "Camino Real" (King's Highway, Royal Road) which reached far down into Mexico. It is also the site of the earliest water source for Tucson's Spanish Presidio. Today the water is no longer at the surface and "El Ojito" or Little Eye Spring has disappeared.
Tourists and locals alike come here for the story of early Tucson. It is told through exhibits and oral histories.
Adjacent to the building is El Tiradito Shrine. It is the only shrine in the US dedicated to a sinner. The shrine was to be demolished in the Tucson urban renewal process to make way for the giant "Butterfield Express". Neighbors sat in front of bulldozers, and with the help of the U of A got the site on the Register of Historic Places... thus stopping its demolition.
Open September 4 - May 31
Thursday - Sunday
11:00am - 3:00pm
420 S. Main Avenue, Tucson AZ
Located south of the Tucson Community Center between El Tiradito and Carrillo School.
Admission free, $2.00 donation suggested.
We appreciate our October sponsors: Tucson Federal Credit Union, The Zapata Law Firm , HealthSouth, Inc
- and the ongoing support of: Southwestern Foundation, Walnut Foundation, KruseArizona, and City of Tucson Parks & Recreation
WHO WE ARE
La Pilita began as a partnership between Barrio Viejo residents, teachers and parents of Carrillo School, and local businesses. A non-profit was formed to rescue the disintegrating piece of city property as a source for the history of the area. Grants, fundraisers, volunteers, and memberships brought the museum to today's role as a stand-alone museum recognized by the state of Arizona Museum Accreditation Committee.
It is the mission of La Pilita Association to restore and maintain the historical integrity of La Pilita site and to develop it as a center for research and learning of regional history. It will serve as an extended classroom for students, the neighborhood, and the Tucson Community providing a deeper understanding of early Tucson.