Sanguinetti House Museum and Gardens

The Sanguinetti House Museum and Gardens hosts a number of history tours at the museum and throughout Yuma’s historic downtown district.  Join us for one or all.  Take a look at this year’s line up of tour offerings.

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All Upcoming Tours

All Upcoming Tours

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View all upcoming tours hosted by the Sanguinetti House Museum and Gardens in historic downtown Yuma.
More information: (928) 782-1841 or [email protected]

3:10 to Yuma - Prison Bus Tour

3:10 to Yuma - Prison Bus Tour

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The verdict is in. This tour is guilty of inflicting a full day of fun and fascinating local history on guests. Riders are charged with crimes from Yuma's cold case files. Will you be found innocent? History comes to life
while traveling through Yuma’s historic downtown. Step off for closer looks at the — Sanguinetti House, Yuma Territorial Prison, and Colorado River State Historic Park. See them like never before! Indulge in lunch at the iconic Lute's Casino. Top off your day with pie ala mode at the Back in Time Pie Shoppe. Tour concludes at...3:10 PM.

Tickets: $59 per person (Ticket does not include lunch. Special tour discount provided at Lute’s Casino.)
Location: Sanguinetti House Museum
Dates: View Tour Dates
Time: 9am-3:10pm
More information: (928) 782-1841 or [email protected]

Ghost Trolley Tours

Ghost Trolley Tours

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Join us, if you dare, for a night trolley tour through the streets of Yuma’s historic downtown district. Hear hair-raising stories of murder and mayhem from Yuma’s days of old. Return to the Sanguinetti House where Ghost Hunter, Dennis Quesenberry, will investigate the oldest room of the museum for paranormal activity.

Tickets: $35 per person
Location: Sanguinetti House Museum
Time: October-December: 6pm-8pm. January-April: 7pm-9pm.
Dates: View Tour Dates
More Information: (928) 782-1841 or [email protected].

Historic Yuma Trolley Tours

Historic Yuma Trolley Tours

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All aboard! Step aboard Yuma’s historic downtown trolley for a whirlwind tour through centuries of history. Hear stories of pioneering families, riverboats, brothels, and booming businesses that once lined Main Street.

Tickets: $25 per person
Location: Sanguinetti House Museum
Time: 10am-Noon
Dates: View Tour Dates
More information: (928) 782-1841 or [email protected].

Ghost Walking Tours

Ghost Walking Tours

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Indulge in an evening of haunted history, where "spirits" are sure to appear. This unique Ghost Walking Tour through Yuma's historic downtown includes a stroll into a local pub for a glass of...spirits. Tales from Yuma's dark side will be shared along the journey by Ghost Hostess, Lorna Brooks. Hear stories of murder and mayhem that once took place...in our sweet little town. Adults 21 and older.

Tickets: $20 per person
(Alcohol not included in ticket price)
Location: Sanguinetti House Museum
Time: 7pm-9pm (start times may vary with time of year)
Dates: View Tour Dates
More information: (928) 782-1841 or [email protected]

Toast-a-Ghost Pub Crawls

Toast-a-Ghost Pub Crawls

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Follow the spirits as you traverse from pub to pub through Yuma’s historic downtown. Ghost Host, Jonathan Close, will share tales from old Yuma's dark side along the way. Come for an evening of haunted history...with a cherry and swizzle stick! Adults 21 and older.

Tickets: $20 per person
(Alcohol not included in ticket price)
Location: Sanguinetti House Museum
Time: 7pm-9pm (start times may vary with time of year)
Dates: View Tour Dates
More information: (928) 782-1841 or [email protected]

Historic Yuma Walking Tours

Historic Yuma Walking Tours

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Lace up your sneakers and enjoy a casual, feet-friendly walking tour of Yuma’s downtown district. Storyteller Steve Cook will highlight historic sites while sharing tales of life in Yuma a century ago. Get a glimpse of the roads that led to today’s Yuma.

Tickets: $15 per person (groups welcome)
Location: Sanguinetti House Museum
Time: 10am-Noon
Dates: 1/8/19, 1/22/19, 2/12/19, 2/26/19, 3/12/19, 3.26/19
href="mailto:[email protected]">[email protected]. Advanced reservations required.

Portraits of Frida Kahlo and Strong Women Making History

Portraits of Frida Kahlo  and Strong Women Making History

Tuesday, March 5
10am-11am
Garden Talk and Book Signing
Presented by Pamela Carvajal Drapala
Tickets: $10 (Free for AHS members)
Reserve Your Seats: 928-782-1841 or [email protected]

Yuma artist and author, Pamela Carvajal Drapala, celebrates women who chronicled the perils and pleasures of life through their works of art. Hear how artists such as Mexican artist, Frida Kahlo and others across the globe, documented historical accounts of personal tragedy, joy, social injustice, heartbreak, faith and family through drawings, paintings, photography, and sculpture. Pamela Drapala will read excerpts from her new book, Strong Women Art Anthology, a piece of art in its own right. Book signing by the author to follow the presentation. Tea, coffee and pastries will be served in the Sanguinetti gardens. Tickets: $10.

Cigars, Whiskey & History Night

Cigars, Whiskey & History Night

Wednesday, March 6
6pm-7pm
An Evening Garden Talk
Presented by Mark Flint
Tickets: $10 (Free for AHS members)
Reserve Your Seats: 928-782-1841 or [email protected]

Local cigar connoisseur and former proprietor of Sentinel Tobacco in historic Yuma, Mark Flint will light-up a selection of cigars along with thought-provoking discourse surrounding the history and social graces of cigar smoking. What makes a cigar distinct? How do you best choose the appropriate cigar for a special occasion, or time of day? Are you short or tall? There is a suitable cigar for every situation. Come for an evening of friends, history, and good spirits at the Sanguinetti House Museum and Gardens. Admission: $10. To reserve your seats, call 928-782-1841 or email [email protected]

Californio Lancers

Californio Lancers

Friday, March 1
10am-11am
Presented by Tom Prezelski
Tickets: $10 (Free for AHS members)
Reserve Your Seats: 928-782-1841 or [email protected]

During the darkest days of the Civil War, some 400 Spanish-speaking Californians (Californios) answered the call to defend the Union by forming the 1st Battalion of Native Cavalry. Legendary for their horsemanship and armed with lances that evoked their Spanish heritage, they pursued bandits, campaigned against Indians, secured desert roads, and patrolled the border against Maximilian’s partisans while posted at Fort Yuma and other places in California and Arizona. Largely forgotten by history, theirs is one of the strangest stories of the army in the Far West. Guest speaker, Tom Prezelski is a Tucson native and former member of the Arizona House of Representatives. Tom Prezelski worked in economic development for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and Tohono O’odham Nation. Californio Lancers is his first book.

Featured Exhibits

CLUES: History Mysteries of Yuma

CLUES: History Mysteries of Yuma

Opens October 13, 2018
The Sanguinetti House Museum and Gardens proudly announces the opening of its best-yet exhibit, CLUES: History Mysteries of Yuma. Room by room, mysteries surrounding life in early Yuma will be revealed. Stories laced with intrigue will unfold throughout this playful, interactive exhibit. CLUES is a fascinating tribute to the spirit, ingenuity, and iron resilience of Yuma's founding citizens.

Uncover the clues. Find out for yourself...How, Why and Who done it!

Education

Sanguinetti House Museum tours are offered throughout the day. The tour of your choice is included with admission.

  • Guided Museum Tours
    Listen for the steamboat whistle to sound — a guided tour of the Sanguinetti House is about to begin! Entertaining tours led by storytellers are offered hourly for your pleasure. Guided Tour Times: 10:15 a.m., 11:15 a.m., 12:15 p.m., 1:15 p.m., and 2:15 p.m.
    (Tuesday-Saturday)
  • Self-Guided Museum Tours
    Prefer to stroll through the Sanguinetti House at a leisurely pace? Take-in all the sights with a self-guided tour — and treat yourself to a cup of tea along the way.

Group and School Tours:

  • School Tours of Museum
    Children of all ages are welcome at the Sanguinetti House. School tours include hands-on activities such as adobe brick making or candle dipping — and a sweet treat for the trip back to class! Please contact Yanna Kruse at (928) 782-1841 or [email protected] to plan your school tour. Students are $3, chaperones and teachers are free.
  • School Tours of Historic Downtown Yuma
    Students walk from the Sanguinetti House Museum through the streets of downtown Yuma. Our teller will gear stories of Yuma’s 19th century downtown district to students’ grade level to ensure they are interesting and engaging for kids. Tours last one hour. Students will enjoy an ice cream treat at the door of Lutes Casino! Students are $5, chaperones and teachers are free.
  • Group Tours for Adults
    Bring your group to the Sanguinetti House for a tour and travel through time with us. Group tours are pleasantly priced at just $5 per person.

Add an entertainment option to your group tour:

  • Ice Cream in Tea Cups
    Top off your group tour of the museum with a delightful scoop of ice cream served, of course, in vintage tea cups! $10 per person, includes guided tour.
  • Candle Dipping
    Make memories by dipping candles the old fashioned way following your group tour. $10 per person, includes guided tour.

Searching for an enchanted setting to host your wedding ceremony and reception, dinner party, shower, or family gathering? Follow the magic to the Sanguinetti House Museum and Gardens in historic downtown Yuma. Come, find out why the Sanguinetti House Museum is the jewel of historic Yuma.

Visit our Garden Rentals Guide for more information and photographs.

Please contact Yanna Kruse at [email protected] or 928-782-1841 to discuss your special event.


Jack Mellon Mercantile
248 S. Madison Avenue
Yuma, Arizona 85364
(928) 919-8190

Enter the Sanguinetti House Museum though the ever-so-charming Jack Mellon Mercantile!

Wander through three rooms filled to the brim with antiques, one-of-a-kind treasures, a wide array of jewelry and items reminiscent of a bygone era, and one of the finest collections of books on Yuma history.

Named after riverboat captain Jack Mellon, who built the then adobe house in 1873, the Jack Mellon Mercantile, like the Sanguinetti House Museum, is a historical landmark in downtown Yuma.

Proceeds from the Jack Mellon Mercantile help fund Yuma County Historical Society efforts to improve the Sanguinetti House Museum and surrounding gardens.

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