Desert Caballeros Western Museum

Written by on January 18, 2010 in AZ Attractions - Comments Off on Desert Caballeros Western Museum

The Desert Caballeros Western Museum in Wickenburg, Arizona calls itself “Arizona’s Most Western Museum” and after a visit to the museum you’ll agree.

Located on historic Frontier Street in downtown Wickenburg the Desert Caballeros Western Museum features two levels of authentic western art, Native American arts, crafts and artifacts along with rocks and minerals, dioramas, street scenes, period rooms and several collections on loan to the museum.

Desert Caballeros Western Museum Upper Level

  • Aiken W. Fisher Gallery – Showcases important pieces of western art from bronze sculptures to monumental landscapes on canvas. Artists such as Frederic Remington, Thomas Moran, Oscar Berninghaus and Joe Beeler are represented in the museum’s stunning collection.
  • Hall of History – Covers thousands of years on the desert frontier all captured in dioramas and artifacts.
  • Hays’ Spirit of the Cowboy Collection – One of the largest collections of early working cowboy, rodeo, prison-made, parade and movie gear ever placed on public display. The collection is that of one man who lent it to the museum, as a docent told me on my visit, 12 years ago for 5 years.
  • American Indian – Featuring a sampler of southwestern Native American art, crafts and artifacts from the Anasazi, Pueblo, Hopi and Navajo all indigenous people of Arizona.
  • Mineral Room – An amazing collection of rocks and minerals from the southwest, be sure to see the blacklight exhibit. Who knew Petrified Wood would glow!

The upper level also features a gallery where art from the museums collection is rotated. Unfortunately on my visit the exhibit was closed as the museum was changing the exhibit.

Desert Caballeros Western Museum Lower Level

  • Early Wickenburg Street Scene – Facades and displays show what life was like in Wickenburg ca. 1905. This is a fun exhibit and puts you in the place and time.
  • Period Rooms – This exhibit features different rooms that may have been found in an early 1900’s home. Lot’s of period pieces bring this exhibit alive.
  • Out on the Ranch – Created with kids in mind, the exhibit has an adobe home, stable and corral.
  • Changing History Gallery – Show exhibits that chronicle the story of the west and the settling of the Southwest desert. The current exhibition is entitled “Snapshots of Early Twentieth Century Arizona: A Postcard Legacy” which runs through September 12, 2010.

With so much to see and do around Wickenburg you may want to make a weekend out of it and there are number of options for motels and lodging in Wickenburg.icon

Desert Caballeros Western Museum
21 N. Frontier Street
Wickenburg, AZ 85390
Tel: 928-684-2272

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