Desert Caballeros Western Museum

21 N Frontier St, Wickenburg, AZ 85390 - United States




Smithsonian Affiliate Museum

The Desert Caballeros Western Museum welcomes and enriches diverse audiences by inspiring an appreciation of the art and history of the American West through creative exhibitions and educational programs that preserve the West’s cultural legacy.


What was life like in the Old West? Experience Wickenburg just after the turn of the last century, as Arizona approached statehood. Encounter the spaces, places, and people of Wickenburg as you wander the streets of the town and visit a Victorian-era home and a Western-style ranch. The touchable exhibits explore how the people of Wickenburg learned to work with the land, coexist among the peoples of Arizona, and survive the challenges of the Sonoran Desert.

The exhibition, carefully researched and constructed by Museum volunteers, has been a favorite of visitors, both young, and old, for over 40 years. Later this fall, renovations will bring the experience to life with an enhanced sensory experience featuring the sights, smells, and sounds of the West. Stop by the new listening station to hear entertaining stories by residents of Wickenburg past and present.

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