Clemenceau Heritage Museum

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Clemenceau Heritage Museum
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NYU62
Tucson, AZ15,589 contributions
Aug 2014 • Couples
We are real museum addicts, and will visit any museum we encounter. This one is easy to miss, as it is not very readily identifiable. We passed it without knowing, and had to turn around and search again.

The museum is in a wing of an old school building. A small group of very nice and knowledgeable volunteers run it. They can tell you just about everything about this area. The exhibits (many, many old photos plus items collected from long ago) all pertain to this region. There are even old yearbooks to look through. When we were there (8/22), there was someone with a magnifying glass searching through the yearbook photos for, perhaps, a "long lost" friend.

There is also a model train layout, which takes up an entire room. It is so detailed with so many charming touches, that we spent about half an hour there. The diorama has been constructed to be authentic to this area. Five trains were running.

We were so happy we made a point of visiting this attraction. Entrance is by donation, and hours are short and they are not open daily. Best to check before making the trip.
Written August 22, 2014
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Gleason L
Cottonwood, AZ218 contributions
Mar 2014 • Friends
This museum is well done. It has some very interesting exhibits and plenty of folks /volunteers to explain what each exhibit is all about and why it was and is important. Check out the model train setup. it is awesome. Children young and old will love this place. Enjoy!
Written November 3, 2014
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Kathleen J
Sunnyvale, CA580 contributions
French Premier Georges Clemenceau was a good friend of James Douglas, founder of the town where the museum was located. So this little spot in the middle of the desert has a touch of France and a cookbook with a French recipe for sale. If you're looking for big-city excitement and quality, this is not the place, but I give it five stars for friendliness, value (donation only), and because the miniature train exhibit is remarkable. One room of the museum seems to be more of an education center which could be of interest to children. This could be a nice place for families, too, and it shares a building with the school administration. It's nice to have a place like this as a break from either the sun or snow as you're out exploring the area.
Written February 27, 2010
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LucieB1824
Cottonwood, AZ17 contributions
Feb 2014 • Friends
We learned quite a bit about Cottonwood and I particularly enjoyed the "train" room. The docents are friendly and knowledgable. You can walk the museum on your own or have a docent accompany you.
Written November 12, 2014
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Boulderpeople
Boulder, CO53 contributions
May 2013 • Couples
Could have come back just to visit with the two guys who run the train diorama. It's amazing and the short visit was super-friendly!
Written May 29, 2013
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556dianne
Pitt Meadows, Canada65 contributions
Nov 2019
A really interesting little museum with lots of unusual items. Got a chuckle out of the tin of mouse bait called I think "last lunch". Staffed with cheerful volunteers and a nice gift shop with some unusual items. Enjoy the train diorama too for all the train buffs.
Written November 10, 2019
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Michele B
50 contributions
Feb 2018 • Friends
This is a small local museum that shares the unusual mining history of the area. The displays are well thought out and interesting and the people working there were very knowledgeable and helpful.
Written March 3, 2018
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tijuanade
Vista, CA193 contributions
May 2016 • Couples
The Heritage Museum surpassed our expectations. We went primarily to see the model rail road exhibit, but stayed to view all the other displays. Everyone was friendly, chatty, and helpful. The experience was like a walk down Memory Lane for us senior citizens. The model grammar school classroom was a strong piece of nostalgia. I imagine that anyone 55 or older would enjoy this place immensely.
Written June 3, 2016
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JanetLJ
Scottsdale, AZ122 contributions
Jun 2015 • Couples
This is a large historic building, half of which is still local school administration and the other half of which is this interesting and eclectic collection of local history. It's a good way to orient yourself to the Verde Valley in general, since it covers mining, agriculture, and daily life in general, including a restored classroom.

The very best is the train room, which depicts each of the local communities to scale, including the various industries. The attention to detail is really terrific, with lots of little touches, like two characters playing checkers. Be sure to get the "tour" from one of the docents, which gives you a really wonderful review of the local history, since they can point out in the diorama where things occurred. We had a much greater appreciation for both Cottonwood and Clarkdale as a result of our "train trip" at this museum.
Written June 15, 2015
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YonderMountain
Arizona49 contributions
Oct 2014 • Solo
The HO model train exhibit in this museum is well worth a visit. The detail is amazing. There is no charge, but donations are appreciated.
Written November 3, 2014
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