Exhibitions / Current

“Having their Picture Took”: Western Portrait Photography Then and Now

October 8, 2016 - October 8, 2017

From photo sessions in 1890s saloons to Scott Baxter’s Top Hand project and the Petersen cousins’ series on working artists, personalities of the West and their stories have long been captured for posterity. Central to the display is Ben Stahl’s large oil painting that gives the exhibition its title, along with historic photographs and cameras from the Museum’s collection. Large historic […]

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Ride Through History: Saddles that Shaped the West

October 15, 2016 - March 5, 2017

Created by master saddlemaker Carson Thomas and sponsored by numerous donors, the 23 half-scale saddles at the core of this exhibition tell the story of the American West.  The detailed saddles are augmented by historic and contemporary American Indian textiles from the collection of Steve Getzwiller, as well as other artifacts and artwork.

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Cultural Crossroads Learning Center Displays

Ongoing

Gem and Mineral Display Arizona is, famously, the land of the “five C’s”: copper, cattle, cotton, climate, and citrus. Copper has been economically important throughout Arizona history, as have other ores – silver, gold, and turquoise foremost among them. Still other minerals have found countless valuable employments, from the hematite used in manufacturing to the chalcedony, jasper, and jade used […]

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Maynard Dixon: Beyond the Clouds

December 9, 2016 - March 5, 2017

Lafayette Maynard Dixon (1875-1946) lived during a period of American history that encompassed monumental changes: from the battle of Little Big Horn to the capture of Geronimo, from Arizona statehood to the opening of Route 66. Dixon embraced his moment in time by dedicating a keen artistic eye to recording a rapidly changing West. Dixon’s story is a journey experienced […]

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Follow the Thread: Quilts from the Museum’s Permanent Collection

January 9, 2016 – Spring 2017

An exploration of the art and history of quilt making, featuring highlights from the Museum’s permanent collection ranging from the 1850s through the 1990s. Recent research by the Arizona Quilt Documentation Project sheds light on the makers and techniques represented in the wide variety of quilts that made their way to Wickenburg.   An accompanying catalog is available for purchase in […]

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Wickenburg’s West: Adaptation / Reinvention / Transformation

Ongoing in the Quayle Family Gallery

This year marks the 150th anniversary of Henry Wickenburg’s discovery of the Vulture Mine, and the quiet beginnings of the city that bears his name. To celebrate this milestone, the Desert Caballe-ros Western Museum will unveil a new exhibition devoted to the extraordinary history of Wickenburg, from its beginnings as a mining camp to its important place on the map […]

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Hall of History Dioramas

Ongoing

When she arrived at the Desert Caballeros Western Museum, inaugural curator Orpha Baker organized volunteers for a variety of projects. One of them, coordinated with the help of Director Harry Needham, was the construction of several dioramas, a favorite of museums everywhere as tools for interpretation. The dioramas proved to be a big hit, so much so that when the […]

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Street Scene

Ongoing

Wickenburg at the turn of the last century, including re-creations of Brayton’s Commercial Store, post office, Hotel Vernetta, gun shop, church, livery stable, saloon, watch shop.

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Western Town

Ongoing

What was life like in the Old West? Not so old, for one thing – for many of the events we think of when we use the term are only a little more than a century old. The rootin’-tootin’ gunslinger-plagued Wild West quieted down in the 1880s in most parts of the country, and in its place came a time […]

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Out on the Ranch

Ongoing

Ranch presents a typical, small-scale family ranch, circa turn-of-the-last-century to 1920, promoting public and scholarly interest in Arizona’s ranching heritage. It showcases the daily work and family dynamics of a small ranch of late territorial and early statehood Arizona, the work and lives of those who made rural Arizona their home in the late territorial and early statehood period. The […]

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