Desert Caballeros Western Museum
Check out all of the museum activities online at www.westernmuseum.org.
No visit to Wickenburg would be complete without a tour of “Arizona’s Most Western Museum.” Home to more than 400 works of Western art, including sculptures by famous artists Frederick Remington and Charles Russell, this 60-year-old museum is also known as one of Arizona’s finest.
Visitors call it a jewel and invariably say they are amazed to find it so full of unexpected treasures. Stop by and discover a room that tells history in miniature, along with an entire turn-of-the-century Wickenburg Street scene, complete with a saloon and general store. There’s an “Out on the Ranch” exhibit created for children of all ages!
Adjacent to the museum, the Cultural Crossroads Learning Center hosts exhibits, workshops, presentations, and receptions throughout the year. In front of the Learning Center is one of the most recognizable life-size bronze statues in Arizona: “Thanks for the Rain” by the late founder of the Cowboy Artist of America, Joe Beeler.
The Desert Caballeros Western Museum (DCWM) is open Monday through Sunday, 11:00am to 3:00pm during the cooler months, and closed on Mondays from Memorial Day to Labor Day. The museum is also closed on major holidays. The latest exhibition is Cowgirl Up!, which opened on March 28, 2021. Cowgirl Up honors and highlights art from female artists all over the West. These wonderful artists specialize in various mediums from oil painting to bronze sculpture to watercolor. View the art from each artist and learn more about where they’re from and what inspires them. The exhibition will be on display until September 2021.
BLUE STAR MUSEUM PROGRAM
Memorial Day through Labor Day, the Desert Caballeros Western Museum is again a participant in the Blue Star Museums program. Blue Star Museums is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to the nation’s active-duty military personnel and their families, including National Guard and Reserve. The program provides military families an opportunity to enjoy the nation’s cultural heritage. Museums in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and American Samoa are taking part in the initiative. Though the Blue Star Program runs Memorial Day through Labor Day, DCWM offers free admission to active-duty military members and their families every day of the year.
The free admission program is available to any bearer of a Geneva Convention common access card (CAC), a DD Form 1173 ID card (dependent ID), or a DD Form 1173-1 ID card, which includes active-duty U.S. military — Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, as well as members of the National Guard and Reserve, U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, NOAA Commissioned Corps — and up to five family members.
Watch the Museum’s website, westernmuseum.org, for updates on these summer events.