Movie History

Visit our Old Tucson Story Museum to learn the amazing history of Old Tucson and see original costumes worn by the stars of legendary television series including Little House on the Prairie and Bonanza. Let our set historians help you explore the streets that many of your favorite television and movie stars have traveled in over 70 years of film and television history. You’ll also learn about Old Tucson’s very own “silent” movie star, The Reno locomotive! Proudly stationed at the north end of town, The Reno has more than 100 film and television credits.

For information on Mescal set tours, visit and scroll down to the bottom of the page.

Old West Shows

Whether it’s drama, comedy or music you’re hankering for, our cast will fill the bill. Enjoy gunfights and stunt shows based on traditional western themes as well as can-can musicals in the saloon featuring Lady Vivian and her girls.  And how could you be in the old west without a visit from a snake oil salesman?

Click here for a sample show schedule.  Schedule and availability of shows and attractions at Old Tucson is subject to change or cancellation due to filming that may be taking place in the park.


Can Can up close




Daring stunts!


Historically-based gunfights!

Living History Presentations

Old Tucson Historians, in conjunction with the Arizona Sonora Western  Heritage Foundation, bring a dose of reality to Hollywood portrayals of life in the Old West. Our historians discuss a number of topics. A selection of recent presentations include:
  • The American Cowboy – The Cookie of this outfit can tell you all about bein’ boss around the cookfire and second in command of the trail drives.
  • Sheriffs of the Old West – Keepin’ the peace in the wild west was no easy task! Visit with the Sheriff for a spell and learn all about it.
  • The General Mercantile – If he ain’t got it, you don’t need it. Just ask Storekeep, Solomon Warner.
  • The Raucous Saloons – Saloons were among the first establishments to spring up in new towns. Learn about how they operated and the clientele that frequented them.
  • Life of a Miner – Mining was an important economic driver in the old west.

The General Mercantile


Sheriffs of the Old West


Miner + Mule-small

Life of A Miner