The Desert Caballeros Western Museum, located in the heart of Wickenburg, is known as the “must see” attraction for many visitors. Founded by Wickenburg residents in 1960 in order to collect and preserve the history of Wickenburg and the Arizona Territory, the Museum is now a nationally recognized center for Western art, history, and culture.
The Museum’s renowned collection of Western fine art meanders seamlessly into life-scale recreations of early 1900s Wickenburg. Core to the collection are works by George Catlin, Albert Bierstadt, Thomas Moran, Frederic Remington, Charles Russell and Taos Society of Artists. Works by Deborah Fellows, Maynard Dixon, Alan Houser, Curt Walters and more offer an enriching contemporary presentation. Downstairs, experience what life was like for the early miners and ranchers of Wickenburg by exploring life sized replicas of a general store, optometrist office, saloon, chapel, boarding stable, and houses, recreated from actual historical photographs and maps. While exploring the galleries, be sure to take along a set of headphones and a guidePORT™ audio guide. As you walk from one location to the next, the guide keeps up with you with commentary on the exhibitions, complete with sound effects.
Cultural Crossroads Learning Center
Don’t miss the Museum’s second building, the Cultural Crossroads Learning Center. Located behind the beautiful bronze on the corner of Tegner and Wickenburg Way, this facility features a variety of changing and traveling exhibitions. Be sure to ask for a calendar of events- the Museum holds several talks and demonstrations in the Learning Center every month, on topics covering everything from art to geology to quilting.
With an eye on the horizon, the Museum hosts its annually revered Cowgirl Up! Art from the Other Half of the West Invitational Exhibition and Sale, a gathering of more than 50 of the country’s finest women artists whose artwork captures the spirit and lifestyle of the American West. Over the last decade, the show and sale have become the most important for Western women artists in the country.
Desert Caballeros Western Museum Visitor Information
A visit to the Museum is a great way to spend an afternoon or an entire day. Everyone, from the young to the “young at heart” will find something to love. The Museum is open daily, except for holidays and Mondays Memorial Day through Labor Day. Admission is always free for members, active military and guests 17 and younger. Discounts are available for seniors and AAA members.
Hours of operation
Monday – Saturday from 10am – 5pm;
Sunday from noon – 4pm
Closed: Mondays Memorial Day – Labor Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas and New Year’s Day
For more information visit website or call 928-684-2272.