The Desert Caballeros Western Museum joins more than 190 museums, educational and cultural organizations in more than 40 states, panama, and Puerto Rico as a Smithsonian Affiliate. Affiliate status allows DCWM to develop long-term, collaborative partnerships with the Smithsonian Institution and other museums and educational and cultural organizations around the nation. The partnership fosters sharing of resources, cooperative educational initiatives, scholarly exchange, and join research efforts.

Smithsonian Affiliate organizations are selected for their record of scholarship, professionalism, high quality exhibitions an effective museum education programs. DCWM became a Smithsonian Affiliate organization in 2016.

When you join the Desert Caballeros Western Museum, you can gain access to Smithsonian Affiliate benefits as well. See the exclusive membership benefits.