Cave Creek Museum ends season with special programs, events

Vino & Canvas at the Cave Creek Museum (Special to the Independent/Evelyn Johnson)

Vino & Canvas at the Cave Creek Museum (Special to the Independent/Evelyn Johnson)

Cave Creek Museum’s season comes to the end in May, but not without several special programs and events throughout the month.

Start the month making crafts during a family program sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Carefree, learn about Cave Creek’s Tuberculosis camps during a “History Highlights” program, see how the massive Stamp Mill crushes rocks in search for gold, and more.

Located at 6140 Skyline Dr., Cave Creek Museum features an extensive collection of prehistoric and historic artifacts that describe the lives of Native Americans, miners, ranchers and pioneers, according to a press release.

The museum hours are 1-4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, and 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. on Friday’s through Sunday, May 29.

The May event schedule follows:

  • Sunday, May 1: Hodge Podge Family Program — 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Create unique crafts. Cave Creek Museum is grateful to the Kiwanis Club of Carefree for sponsoring the Family Programs.
  • Saturday, May 14: It’s a Dry Heat: The Era of Cave Creek’s Tuberculosis Camps — 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. For several decades, Cave Creek played host to hundreds of health-seeking victims of lung ailments, such as TB, pleurisy, as well as mustard gas damage from the trenches of WWI. Where were the camps? What was life like in them? How did the citizens of Cave Creek react to the “lungers?” How many died and how many lived? Join Museum executive director Evelyn Johnson and docent Stephanie Bradley for this History Highlights program. Reservations are requested.
  • Sunday, May 15: Historic Stamp Mill Demonstration — 2 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Free outside demonstration. See this historic 1880 “Golden Reef Mine Stamp Mill” in action as volunteers crush hard rock ore in search of gold that can be separated and saved. The museum is particularly pleased to showcase this 10-Stamp Mill that came from its own mining district and was originally located on Continental Mountain.
  • Wednesday, May 18: Vino & Canvas — 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The painting class for adults includes all materials and libations. Tickets are $35, with $15 being donated to the museum. Seating is limited. Register at
  • Sunday, May 29: Final Day of the Season — 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Enjoy a last look at this season’s exhibits.

For information, call 480-488-2764, or visit

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