Cave Creek Museum
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1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
10:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
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A small museum located in Arizona's most western town, the Cave Creek Museum is unique in that it houses both archaeological and historic collections as well as an amazing collection of art donated over the past 50 years. It is also proud to possess the only known remaining Tubercular Cabin in Arizona as well as the only fully functioning 10 stamp ore-crushing mill. Visit our website to learn more about our Special Event that occurs every 2nd Saturday, The AZ GOLD MINING EXPERIENCE.
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HDGreenHornet
Sheboygan, WI13 contributions
Mar 2022
On the 2nd Sat of every month , Oct-May they run a 90 minute program called the Arizona Gold Mining Experience. Guided tour with operating Stamp Mill, Ore Tram, exploding mine simulation, gold panning and a blacksmith demo. Great fun and a learning experience. Well worth a special trip on those 2nd Saturdays, but good any time.
Written April 16, 2022
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Thank you so much for the 5 Star review, HDGreenHornet. We are so proud of our The AZ Gold Mining Experience program, which has been so well-received from its inaugural date in October, 2021. I hope you'll be able to come see us again during our 2022-2023 Season---I am told the AZGME will be even bigger and better!
Written August 11, 2022
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CindyLou2262
Denver, CO5,216 contributions
Nov 2022 • Couples
Cave creek
So much history here. I had no idea what stamping. Gordon Lightfoot’s song, Carefree Highway, it is also on the cover album. From miners, ranching, dude ranching, American legion’s, rodeos there is a lot to do in this area. Don’t forget to check out the original historic, first church, the gold panning exhibit, and the tubercular cabin. Craft day, I got to make a turkey and a beaded ear of corn, lol. Loved it.
Diane, Caroline, Debbie, Buck Debbie Carolyn, Carolyn, Mia Mia, Audra & Evelyn, thank you for making our visits so informative and fun. Craft day, I got to make a turkey and a beaded ear of corn, lol. Loved it.
I WOULD RECOMMEND
Written November 14, 2022
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pinkladygypsy
Jensen Beach, FL124 contributions
May 2011 • Family
My nephew found this museum and we had a great time. The early days of life in Cave Creek was great to explore. There are two rooms filled with artifacts and displays. Outside there is a path to walk and learn about plants that are native to the Arizona landscape. There is also a great kids program and the ladies who run the museum are more than happy to share the materials.
Written December 17, 2011
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AZHikerJan
28 contributions
Nov 2014 • Family
The. Cave. Creek Museum is just a sweet glimpse into the past. From the Hohokams to the ranchers to miners, you will walk away with a better idea of this areas rich past. It is small, but filled with wonderful artifacts that amazed us!
Written December 2, 2014
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davenliane
Moscow, ID89 contributions
Oct 2014 • Family
We had made previous attempts to visit this small museum, but finally got there the right time of year. On our first visit we determined it would be good for the grandkids (ages 6-12), and made it a point to return a couple days later. We toured the outside first, including the tuberculosis house and the labeled cactus garden. When the girls were given little booklets they could recognize the stuff we had just seen. Both times we found friendly docents who were helpful but not overbearing. It's nice to be able to support these more local endeavours, and it's a good sized dose of history for the kids.
Written October 29, 2014
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Dorenda C
Phoenix, Arizona, United States58 contributions
Oct 2013 • Family
I have to admit to not being too excited about visiting this museum, but was pleasantly surprised and cool this museum is. The archaeological wing of the museum is awesome. The pottery collection incredible. There is some really nice ancient pottery here from the local area. The folks volunteering at the museum as very knowledgeable and willing to answer any questions you may have. This is a great little place to spend an hour or two.
Written October 10, 2013
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Twogreynomads
419 contributions
Oct 2012 • Friends
Museum docents are quite knowledgeable from first hand experience. There are three cozy rooms in the museum filled with historical tidbits including native artifacts, machinery, photos, art and documents. Wear closed shoes for a short stroll through history on the outer sandy grounds, which include a historical gazebo, small church, tiny cottage, vast junk yard and an impressive, prized "stamper." A minimal fee for touring the museum in about an hour's time. An worthy adventure for children and adults. Limited accessibility. Seats available here and there with an inside public restroom available.
Written October 9, 2012
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Elaine C
Warminster, PA295 contributions
Jan 2012 • Couples
The museum has 2 sides - Pioneer and Archeology - so one can learn about early Arizona inhabitants that were native Americans and those who moved out west and developed the land. Lots of good artifacts. Outside is the last remaining TB cabin used by tuberculosis patients who came to Arizona for the beneficial dry air.
The ladies who staffed the museum on the day we visited were knowledgeable and entertaining.
Good for all ages.
Written January 12, 2012
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geomoffat
Lake Forest, CA84 contributions
May 2019 • Friends
Spent a very pleasant couple of hours here enjoying the displays and the stories from the docents. Outside there's a restored ore-crushing machine, a frontier church--and a cabin that was one of many housing isolated tuberculosis patients.
Written May 29, 2019
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We appreciate your review, geomoffat! We love sharing the history of our Desert Foothills region, from the pre-history Hohokum Indians who occupied this region over 500 years ago to what we refer to as the "Pioneer Period", when Cave Creek evolved through many personas---mining, ranching, a "cure" for those with lung ailments, dude ranches... We hope you will come back to visit---the 2019-2020 Season, the Cave Creek Museum will be featuring one of our largest and most challenging exhibits yet!
Written May 30, 2019
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Mary Ann B
Jacksonville, FL68 contributions
Oct 2018 • Friends
Check time for opening hours. Very actually display of cacti on entrance to museum. Very interesting Museum if you want an inside of the history of Cave Creek.
Written October 14, 2018
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Hi Mary Ann! Thanks for dropping by the Cave Creek Museum during your visit to our town. We are proud that we offer such a breadth of Cave Creek's history from the Hohokum people who first settled here about 750, right up until "just the other day"! I hope you got to visit when our Golden Reef Stamp Mill ran. It's the only fully operations 10-stamp mill in Arizona, and it's something to see in action! Hope you'll stop again sometime!
Written November 7, 2018
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Cave Creek Museum is open:
  • Sun - Sun 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
  • Wed - Thu 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
  • Fri - Fri 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Sat - Sat 10:30 AM - 4:30 PM