Exhibitions / Current

Arizona Military Memories

Opening April 22, 2017

The people of Arizona have supported American efforts in foreign conflicts from the Spanish American War through today’s deployments in Afghanistan and Iraq. Throughout its history, Arizona has provided soldiers, workers, volunteers, training grounds, agricultural, and industrial resources for domestic and allied troops.  The success of many missions was due in part to the heroic efforts of Arizonans who answered […]

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“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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12th Annual Cowgirl Up! Art from the Other Half of the West

March 24 - May 7, 2017

The West’s best women artists, all in one place, all at one time! With more than 200 paintings, drawings, and sculptures, the 12th annual Cowgirl Up! exhibition and sale embraces the full spectrum of Western American art today. Find more information and read more about the 2017 Cowgirl Up! artists here.

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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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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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