Exhibitions / Current

Arizona Military Memories

April 22 - October 29, 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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West of Center: Highlights from the Wickenburg Art Club

July 29 - October 29, 2017

Wickenburg’s love affair with the arts goes back over half a century. The Desert Caballeros Western Museum, founded in 1960, has become internationally recognized for its creative exhibitions and programming. The Wickenburg Art Club, founded in 1964, teaches workshops and classes at its own facility and presents numerous art exhibitions and festivals around the Wickenburg community.   Each year, the […]

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How the West Is One: Contemporary Western Art from The Tia Collection

May 27, 2017 - March 4, 2018

Interdependence is a hallmark of the American West. Take a road trip through Arizona and you will see evidence of our multicultural past – street names in Spanish, ghost towns once inhabited by fortune seekers from the American East, and town names with Native American origins. Through times of solidarity and times of strife, the people of the West have […]

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Stormy Weather: Western Atmospheres

May 27 - October 8, 2017

It might be surprising that Arizona, a state that encompasses a large portion of the dry Sonoran desert, should be famous for its rain. Buzzwords like “haboob”, “monsoon”, and “flash flood” have been engrained in the nation’s imagination by national newscasts and viral videos on social media. Those exotic terms echo our idea of the “Wild” West as untamed and […]

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

October 8, 2016 - October 29, 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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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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