This month’s museum is the Cave Creek Museum in Cave Creek, AZ. I hadn’t heard of this museum until I came across a free pass at my library as part of the culture pass program at Phoenix Library.
I am glad that I came across this little museum because it is charming! Admission is $5 and it only take between 45 minutes and 1 hour to see everything. Museum is closed on Monday and Tuesday.
If you have seen all the major Phoenix museums and are looking for something new, this is perfect for you! It is located minutes from Cave Creek’s Pioneer Town which has many western shops and restaurants. It’s makes a great outing for out of town visitors. I took my parents there yesterday and we had a great time!
When you get to the museum you will pass through a well maintained desert garden. As you enter the museum, you will be greeted by one of the museum’s volunteer docents and he or she will orient you with the museum.
The museum is divided into 4 main sections: ‘Trails Thru Time,’ Pioneer Wing, Archaeology Wing, and the outdoor exhibits.
Trails Thru Time
The Trails Thru Time portion of the museum includes exhibits about desert foothills medical history, vintage photography, Bolo ties, and desert ecology.
This section of the museum also includes an area with turn of the century office equipment including this dictation Ediphone.
The Pioneer Wing
This section of the museum includes exhibits about mining and ranching in the Cave Creek area.
The Archaeology Wing
The Archaeology wing displays prehistoric pottery, jewelry, tools, and much more! It also covers the American Indian communities currently living in the area and demonstrates how their ancestors lived off the land.
There are lots of other interesting things to look at outside the museum including an old gazebo and tons of old mill and farm equipment.
You can tour the Cave Creek Museum Historic Church.
Peer into Arizona’s last original Tubercular Cabin.
The Cave Creek Museum has a gift shop with books, gifts, and locally made jewelry.