SOLD OUT: Desert Adventure Tour: Wickenburg Area Guest Ranches I

Get nostalgic with a tour of Wickenburg’s famous guest ranches. The tour is led by master docent Joe Stevens and will stop at historic ranches, which may include the Hassayampa River Preserve, Simpson Ranch, Remuda Ranch, Monte Vista Ranch, Kay El Bar Ranch, Flying E Ranch, and Rancho de los Caballeros. Lunch at Rancho de […]

Family Friday

March 4 @ 10:00 am - 1:30 pm Family Friday celebrates a new theme each week. Join us for family fun in the Cultural Crossroads Learning Center on the museum grounds. Several stations with hands-on activities will be available. Free with paid museum admission. Free for DCWM members. Free for kids 17 and under.

Apache Film Panel

Don’t miss the Apache film panel discussion in the Museum’s Cultural Crossroads Learning Center on Thursday, March 10, 10:30 am – 12 noon. Join Dr. Eduardo Pagán with special guests Marshall Shore, Arizona’s Hip Historian, and film expert Jim Swift. The panel will show clips from different Western films and talk about representations of the […]

Desert Adventure Tour: Constellation Road

Cost: $75 members/$100 non-members Join master docent Joe Stevens as we make visits to Sayer Station, Town of Constellation, Gold Bar, and Monte Cristo. Lunch provided. Very rough terrain requires sturdy shoes and physical ability. Be prepared for moderate walking. Transportation can be provided. If attendees prefer to drive themselves, they can follow in their […]

Sustaining Circles’ Botanical Tour with Dick Fredrickson

An Exclusive Tour for DCWM Sustaining Circles Members! Join us with Dick Fredrickson for a botanical tour* near Poquette Tank and Vulture Peak. Meet at Los Caballeros Corrals at 8:30am for self-drive to the Vulture Peak area, an approximate 10-minute drive. Refreshments included! *we will walk through desert terrain, please wear closed-toe comfortable shoes and clothing. RSVP […]

Cowgirl Up! Opening Weekend

Get ready for a full weekend of exciting and engaging events! Weekend Schedule: Opening Weekend Package Ticket to attend ALL opening weekend events, including: Exhibition Previews, Patrons Party, Lecture, Awards Dinner, Live Auctions, Chuck Wagon Breakfast, and more. $275.00 per person. Main Exhibition Preview and Miniatures Sale Preview Friday, March 25 – 2:00 – 3:00 […]

Family Fridays

Family Friday this Friday, April 1 celebrates the opening of the 17th Annual "Cowgirl Up!" Exhibition and Sale. Bring the family to join us in a visual scavenger hunt through the exhibition and get creative by designing your own "Cowgirl Up!" boot. The fun starts in the main museum on 21 N Frontier St. Activities […]

Bruce Meier, Saddlemaking

Bruce of Ben's Saddlery in Wickenburg, AZ has built 400 saddles in 39 years, and he estimates with Ben’s saddles, they turned out about 570. The number of repairs to saddles, bridles, and other tack over the years is immeasurable. In the ‘70s and ‘80s, the store produced truckloads of buck-stitched belts with names stamped […]

America’s Longest War: The Apache Wars, 1849-1924

Wednesday April 13, 11 a.m.  Lecture with Dr. Eduardo Pagán, America’s Longest War: The Apache Wars, 1849-1924 America’s involvement in Afghanistan is often referred to as America’s longest war, but the Apache Wars between Americans and Apaches lasted from 1849 and 1886, with some hostilities continuing until 1924. This presentation will cover how one Apache […]

Members’ Appreciation Night

Join us for a progressive wine and hors d’oeuvres shopping experience! Thursday, April 14 | 5:30-7 p.m. exclusively for all DCWM members!  Start at the Main Museum for wine and savory appetizers while you shop and view the Cowgirl Up! exhibition in the galleries, then enjoy delicious desserts in the Museum’s Ranch Dressing store. Members […]

Simplifying the Painting Process from Photos with Linda Glover Gooch

This event is presented by the Scottsdale Artists' School. Please register here. Join Linda at the Desert Caballeros Museum as she teaches a two-day workshop where students will paint a landscape in the museum learning center using photographs supplied by the instructor. The goal will be to create simple designs that have a strong foundation. […]

Congressional Arts Competition for Arizona’s 4th Congressional District

The Desert Caballeros Western Museum is pleased to again host the Congressional Arts Competition for Arizona’s 4th Congressional District. An exhibition of artworks from the Competition will be on view in the Cultural Crossroads Learning Center from the afternoon of Monday, April 25 through the awards ceremony on the morning of Saturday, April 30. Since 1982, […]

May Family Friday

Cultural Crossroads Learning Center Engage your mind and your hands during our card-making activity for the whole family. Express your creativity and share your feelings for the people you love. Family Friday celebrates a new theme each first Friday of the month. Join us for family fun in the Cultural Crossroads Learning Center on the […]

Marking International Museum Day 2022: The Power of Museums

May 18 we will be marking International Museum Day, 2022. The theme this year is “The Power of Museums”. According to a statement published on the International Council of Museums website, “Museums have the power to transform the world around us. As incomparable places of discovery, they teach us about our past and open our […]

Armed Forces Day, Start of Annual Blue Star Museum Program

The Museum will roll out the welcome mat to active-duty military and their families by offering free admission to the nation’s active-duty military personnel, including the National Guard and Reserves, and their families as part of the Blue Star Museums program. The Blue Star Museums is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, […]

“Grasp a Glance” Artist Demonstration by V…. Vaughan

Award-winning "Cowgirl Up!" artist, V.... Vaughan will demonstrate her way to “Grasp a Glance”. V.... says, "It is how I begin ALL MY ART. Then I decide whether to continue in color to turn my glance into a painting, or to leave it." Don’t miss this exclusive demonstration in the Museum's Learning Center on Thursday, […]

Memorial Day: Closed

The museum and museum stores will be closed to observe Memorial Day. We will re-open on Tuesday at 10 A.M. Summer hours will be in effect from Memorial Day through Labor Day, Sept. 5. Tuesday – Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.   Closed Mondays and major holidays: New […]

June Family Friday: Plant a Sunflower!

In June we will have a sunflower planting activity. Plant the seeds and take them home in a personal bio-friendly planter. Family Friday celebrates a new theme each first Friday of the month from October through June. Held in the Cultural Crossroads Learning Center on the museum grounds. Free with paid museum admission. Free for […]

The National Day of the Cowboy

National Day of the Cowboy, on the fourth Saturday in July — falling on July 23, this year — is here to prove to us that cowboy culture, despite the misconception that it has faded away over the years and been beaten down by the Information Age, is alive and well. The museum will have […]

West of Center Exhibition Reception

West of Center: Highlights from the Wickenburg Art Club Opening Reception on July 29 from 5 P.M. to 7 P.M. Free to the public.  On view from July 30, 2022 - September 25, 2022 West of Center will be on exhibit this summer at the Desert Caballeros Western Museum. The exhibition and art sale will […]

AZ Herpetological Society Presentation: Arizona Wildlife

Learn about some of our native Arizona wildlife in this hands-on demonstration with actual desert wildlife (animals used for interactions are non-venomous and are proven education animals). Starts at 11 A.M. at the Desert Caballeros Western Museum's Learning Center. Free with Museum admission. Free for kids 17 and under and free for members. This program gives guests […]

Bearcat Family Friday

Every first Friday of the month we host arts and crafts activities in the "make and take" tradition.  Great for kids 3-83 , home-school children, Wickenburg residents and the surrounding community. Usually held in the Cultural Crossroads Learning Center on the museum grounds and is planned by our Education staff. Free with paid museum admission. […]

Free Movie Screening: “Mr. Conservative”

In conjunction with our Barry M. Goldwater Photography exhibition, we are pleased to invite you to a FREE documentary movie screening of “Mr. Conservative: Goldwater on Goldwater” (2006). Join us and scheduled guest, C.C. Goldwater, at the historic Saguaro Theater on 176 East Wickenburg Way. Doors open at 10:30 a.m. Movie starts at 11 a.m. Friday, […]

Members’ Appreciation Reception

Members' Appreciation Weekend Starts Friday! October 14-16 is Members Appreciation weekend at the Museum, with a special members’ reception Friday October 14, 5:30-7:00 p.m. including a raffle drawing for a basket of Museum gifts! Receive extra discounts in the Museum store and Ranch Dressing all weekend long! Sign-up online, or call (928) 684-2272, or you can always stop by the museum […]

Recurring

Sketching in the Gallery with Artist Rick McGill

Sketching in the Gallery with Artist Rick McGill For all levels. A great way to dip your toes into the world of art. More advanced artists can get great tips on technique from a professional artist with decades of experience. Basic supplies available. Feel free to bring your own. Free with paid museum admission. Free […]

“Arizona Mythical Creatures” with Dr. Eduardo Pagán

Arizona Mythical Creatures Are they for real? In the spring of 1890, the Tombstone Epitaph published a very unusual report. Two ranchers in the Huachuca Mountains shot and killed a “winged monster, resembling a huge alligator with an extremely elongated tail and an immense pair of wings.” Did they kill one of the last surviving […]

Mexican Folk Art Exhibition Members’ Preview

Time and details for the reception to be confirmed. “Mexican Folk Art: Artesanía del Pueblo”, open to the public October 29, 2022 – October 1, 2023. Artesanía del Pueblo: Mexican Folk Art is a journey into diverse, colorful art from various regions of Mexico. Items are made for utilitarian or decorative purposes or created for […]

Mexican Folk Art Opening Day Celebration

Free performance Saturday, October 29 featuring Wickenburg's own Danza Azteca (pictured). Come help us celebrate the opening of "Mexican Folk Art". 11 to 11:15 Welcome and opening remarks, Museum front porch (21 N Frontier St), Executive Director, Dan Finley 11:15 to 11:45 Danza Azteca of Wickenburg, on Frontier Street in front of the museum. **Free […]

Giddy Up Go Gala

A Party to Support Outdoor Youth Education at Boyd Ranch on October 30, 2022 at 4 p.m. Enjoy a catered dinner under the Arizona stars, and a live auction with the infamous dessert auction. Proceeds support educational programming at Boyd Ranch, an outdoor educational center owned and operated by the Desert Caballeros Western Museum. Boyd Ranch […]

Spanish speaking tour of “Mexican Folk Art”

Tuesday Nov 1  |  11 a.m.  Spanish speaking tour of “Mexican Folk Art” led by Jackie Pacheco Hancock. Free with paid admission. See our newest exhibition featuring stunning examples of Mexican folk and gain insights on the origins of some of the imagery and styles. To be held in the Cultural Crossroads Learning Center.   […]

Bearcat Family Friday presented by The Etnyre Foundation

Every first Friday of the month we host arts and crafts activities in the "make and take" tradition.  Great for kids 3-83 , home-school children, Wickenburg residents and the surrounding community. This week the activities will be inspired by our newest exhibition, "Mexican Folk Art". Usually held in the Cultural Crossroads Learning Center on the […]

Wickenburg Home and Garden Tour

Las Senoras de Socorro, Auxiliary of the Desert Caballeros Western Museum is hosting a Cactus Garden Tour of residential gardens in the Wickenburg area. The open air tour will showcase cactus gardens of homes located in Rancho de los Caballeros, Wickenburg Country Club Acres and Wickenburg Ranch. Date: Saturday, November 5, 2022 Time: 9 a.m. […]

Wickenburg Home and Garden Tour

Tickets Available The Day Of Tour! if you would like to purchase tickets in person, they will be available the day of the event at the Wickenburg Community Center during the Holiday Market. 160 N Valentine Street. Look for the flags on the stage for ticket desk. If you would like to go directly to […]

50th Anniversary of the Desert Caballeros Western Museum Fire Discussion, Led by Dr. Eduardo Pagán

December 21, 2022 marks the 50th Anniversary of the Desert Caballeros Western Museum Fire. Founded in 1960 as a private non-profit institution by Morton Bodfish, Roy Coxwell, H. K. “Mac” MacLennan, Katherine McCrady, and William Weeks, the Desert Caballeros Western Museum took its name from the famous men's trail ride that originated in Wickenburg, Arizona […]