4087 N Apache Trail, Apache Junction, AZ 85119, USA
I really enjoyed it here. While the it is small, it is packed with information and visual stimulation if you enjoy history. The museum itself is clean and well organized for the small space it is currently occupying and boasts loads in local history. The staff is extremely friendly and knowledgeable and I am looking forward to returning with my kids. A must see if you are by the Superstition Mountains. There are a few walking trails that are great for beginners and still enjoyable for more experienced walkers as well. The scenery is stunningly beautiful and never gets old. In certain seasons, they also have gun fighters and mule/donkey rides for the kids as well.
This is a new and growing museum but you should definitely come here and throw money at them to support their work. They are trying to raise money so they can do a lot more interesting demonstrations. It's worth the long drive out here. The stamp machine demo was super cool, you will definitely want to see that if you can, it's a very unique opportunity. The museum itself is very small, about 30-60 min to see, tops, but it has a little on a lot of different areas. The gift shop is pretty cool, lots of interesting books. The volunteers have a lot of enthusiasm and can answer questions.
I really enjoyed this museum. Keep in mind you can get a free pass if you visit your public library. Anyhow, the museum has 2 parts- the paid part is their indoor exhibit, and then they have some historical artifacts on the outside. The indoor exhibit took me a little over an hour to see. It was small, but if you take your time reading each sign, it can take a bit longer. I saw exhibits on animals in the deserts, Indian artifacts, geology of the area, and then also displays on the history of the area as well as stories of people that tried to look for the lost treasures. It was interesting to read, albeit it was a bit text heavy and sometimes the font was a bit small and tiring on the eyes. The older man walking around the exhibits was very kind and knowledgeable and really strived to add that personal touch!- kudos to him. The outdoors part was very fun as well. It took about an hour and half to walk around and carefully look at each exhibit. There was a chapel dedicated to Elvis, old mining and stamp mill displays, historic houses, and even a mini railroad. So much to see! It was still a bit hot though, so make sure to bring you water.
Rustic piece of history that my adult daughter and I found to be packed with local mining (and movie making) history. The little railroad was not operating due to non-peak season maintenance. There is also a several picnic tables and shaded areas to rest
A good place to visit if you enjoy the Cowboy movies of the past. A great tourist spot to go to for an hour or two with the family. Also a really nice gift shop.