Huhugam Heritage Center Open for Private Tours

August 5, 2022


Emma Hughes

Community Newsperson 



The Huhugam Heritage Center (HHC) is now offering private tours by appointment only while it remains closed to the general public. The goal is to provide a safe way to introduce visitors to the museum’s innovative two-story exhibition space that shares the rich history of the Gila River Indian Community.


“Right now, during this time, we’re still under COVID restrictions,” said HHC Director Shirley Jackson.


The center was closed pre-pandemic during a five-year expansion project that was completed and showcased during a soft opening for the Community in January of 2020. It has remained closed since the onset of the pandemic until now. 


 “We ask that there be no more than 10 people in a group,” Jackson said. “If it’s a larger group, like a different entity or department, then if we can, we can break those groups up into 10 and have multiple tours going at the same time.”


Tours are available Monday–Friday at the available time slots, 9 a.m.,11a.m. and 1 p.m. Tours generally run an hour-and-a-half, and allow time for visitor questions. All individuals are required to wear face masks during their visit.


GRIC member Donald Sabori serves as the HHC tour guide, providing a wealth of knowledge about the items on display and offering personal narratives about life and traditions growing up in the Community. 


For more information and to schedule a tour, contact Donald Sabori at (520) 796-3500, ext. 4238, or email