Quartzsite Museum

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wireless_in_CA
United States4,569 contributions
May 2022 • Couples
While stopped in Quartzsite, I could only enjoy the outside of the museum as it was closed. Summer hours 10-4 only on Thursday.

Most of the signs posted talk about the stage coach stop and Charles Tyson who erected the buildings or housing the museum.

Looking around was a 47 arm cactus in the back near the parking lot. It did not look like a cactus to me though.

In the front was the town’s mascot ( unofficial?), a camel encased in a wood crate.

Will try to stop by when it’s open the next time I’m driving through Quartzsite.
Written May 27, 2022
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Golde66
14 contributions
Jan 2022
The museum is housed in an origina, traditional adobe structure, the Tyson Stage Stop. Photographs and local history displays and artifacts on display. Interactive displays for family photos. Mining assay office and lots of other interesting historic artifacts.
Written April 20, 2022
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JVSibley
Lake Jackson, TX146 contributions
Feb 2020 • Solo
Donations accepted but it’s free and worth a stop. Tour one of the stage coach stops, a hotel and explore the mining history of the area. Also good military artifacts from the history of this area.
Written February 9, 2020
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Flyfreemark
Las Vegas, NV303 contributions
Jan 2018 • Friends
I am sure there are a number of excellent folks that volunteer their time and knowledge giving visitors the history of Quartzite / Tyson Wells but I can't imagine them outdoing Richard. Fascinating stories and historical details regarding each of the displays.
So much packed into 3 little rooms brought to life by a very dedicated student of this area. I totally enjoyed and highly recommend taking the time to visit this bit of western history
Written January 30, 2018
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Beverly S
San Diego, CA20 contributions
Feb 2017 • Friends
We visited this museum twice during our stay. The docent was well versed in local history. It is a lovely little museum. We had stopped in at the local library to try and find what had become of a former resident of Quartzite and the librarian directed us to this museum. It's a real treasure!
Written February 14, 2017
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blaizessun
507 contributions
Jan 2015 • Solo
I was attracted to this museum because admission is free, and I didn't know much about the history of Quartzsite, Arizona. (There was a sign or two saying that donations are accepted. However, there was no basket, bowl, or jar into which a donation could be placed. I would have gladly turned over a dollar or two, had there been a receptacle.)

Parking is in the back of the museum complex, and there's not much of it. I was the first one in this morning, but when I left, there were several large vehicles parked back there. Getting out was a little tricky. Thankfully, another visitor guided me out.

The outlying buildings include an outhouse, a bunkhouse, and an office. I think the caretaker unlocked them after I arrived, but I didn't peek into any of them.

Also on display were rock covered, to-scale replica buildings made by a past resident of the town. The replicas were...interesting, but I'm not really sure about their historical relevance. Items like these give the museum a catch-all sort of feel, as if any item having any connection whatsoever to Quartzsite might end up here.

I enjoyed looking at old photographs (reproductions, mostly) of the people and places of historic Quartzsite. (Who doesn't get a kick out of seeing at what Main Street of any town looked like before the automobile?) There were plenty of old items displayed, but historical relevance was not often explained.

Were the mannequins wearing actual old clothes or just reproductions? What was the time period of the fashions? Who knows? Not the casual visitor to this museum.

I think kids would probably get bored pretty fast here, especially younger kids who don't read (or read well) yet. Adults might be able to interpret some of the displays for youngsters, but I wouldn't expect little ones to stay interested and well-behaved for very long.

I'm glad this museum exists, and I did enjoy looking around, but the Quartzsite Historical Society should probably step up their game,
Written January 16, 2015
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SpiritsOpinion
Curwensville, PA351 contributions
Jan 2018 • Solo
I wish I had planned more time for this amazing time capsule. You can wander around on your own and can be given an informational tour. Not only is this a mining museum but also has old town and environmental history. I would suggest you plan an hour for this stop. It is free with donations accepted and they do have some trinkets you can purchase.
Written January 27, 2018
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Thomas M
Littleton, NH5,235 contributions
Dec 2017 • Couples
Wow, this is really a neat museum. A lot of local and interesting history. Richard, the docent, was fantastic. Plan on spending a couple of hours here. Richard was a wealth of information and certainly a local colorist! The memorabilia, the story of Quartzsite, learning that the structure built in 1850, was the second oldest in the Arizona territory was fascinating! A couple of other interesting facts electricity didn’t arrive until 1955, they didn’t have a fire department until 1972! And it goes on & on; all interesting. Having visited most of the sites, I really think this museum should be the number 1 site to visit in Quartzsite.
Written January 20, 2018
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Roofers
Vermont44 contributions
Feb 2017 • Solo
This museum has alot to see and learn about Quartzsite...anyone who visits the town should stop and get some history first.
Written November 9, 2017
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Diane M
Selinsgrove, PA42 contributions
Mar 2017
We loved our visit to this museum! It might be little but it is an authentic Quartzsite experience! The building is an original and there are a lot of artifacts and pictures, covering a wide variety of local interest. The outside things are interesting in their own right! The museum docents were very informative, both for the museum nd the rest of the area.
Written April 3, 2017
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