The Cave Creek Museum

The Cave Creek Museum will reopen for the 2021-2022 season on Oct. 1, featuring new collections including the Meal of Rock artifact collection and the Desert Defender.

The Cave Creek Museum will open for the 2021-2022 season on Oct. 1.

The new season will feature exhibits, newly acquired collections and educational special events.

The artifact collection Meal of Rock showcasing the Cave Creek area’s prehistoric history debuts in the Archeology Wing. Novel projections in the museum’s History Wing bring the town’s history to life. 

In addition, the museum will debut the area’s Desert Defender, who brought environmental activism to the foothills area.

Programming includes an evening with the ghost hunters of Cave Creek; literary evenings with popular local authors; entertainment by the Desert Foothills Theater; children’s interactive programming; and the arrival of Southwest Santa.

The museum’s fine art collection, which depicts the legacy of Cave Creek’s Southwest Fine Arts heritage, will make an appearance, for the first time in years, in the main atrium of the Cave Creek Museum.

Other one-of-a-kind exhibits include a discovery trip through the newly remodeled museum store, where inspirational and educational gifts can be found. Some of the museum’s most popular exhibits will again open, including the Tubercular Cabin; the first Cave Creek church; and Arizona’s only fully operational 10-stamp ore crushing mill. Guests can watch the 10 1,000-pound stamps slam down in synchronized precision, and hear the pounding echo against the desert foothills, just as it did 100 years ago.

The facility’s new website, cavecreekmuseum.org, features events, programs, special tours and stories from the characters and objects that led to the Cave Creek Mining District. 

The 2021-2022 season runs from Oct. 1 to May 31. 

The 51-year-old museum’s mission is to preserve the artifacts of the prehistory, history, culture and legacy of the Cave Creek Mining District and the Cave Creek/Carefree foothills area through education, research and interpretive exhibits. The Cave Creek Museum is located at 6140 E. Skyline Drive in Cave Creek. For more information, call 480-488-2764 or visit cavecreekmuseum.org