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Cave Creek Museum ends season in May with special programs and events


CAVE CREEK – 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, then 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 much more.

Cave Creek Museum May events include:

Hodge Podge Family Program
Sunday, May 1, 1:30-3 p.m.
Join the Museum for a fun afternoon of creating unique crafts. Cave Creek Museum is grateful to the Kiwanis Club of Carefree for sponsoring the Family Programs.

It’s a Dry Heat: The Era of Cave Creek’s Tuberculosis Camps
Saturday, May 14, 2-3 p.m.
For several decades, Cave Creek played host to hundreds of health-seeking victims of lung ailments, such as TB, pleurisy, and 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.

Historic Stamp Mill Demonstration
Sunday, May 15, 2-2:30 p.m.
See the 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.

Vino & Canvas
Wednesday, May 18, 6-8 p.m.
The painting class for adults includes all materials. Tickets are $35, with $15 being donated to the Museum. Seating is limited. Register at

Final Day of the Season
Sunday, May 29, 1-4:30 p.m.
Enjoy a last look at this season’s exhibits.

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. Museum hours are Wednesday-Sunday, 1-4:30 p.m., and Friday, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

For more information, call (480) 488-2764, or visit