This Week at the Museum

This week (6/17 to 6/23) at the Superstition Mountain Museum!

Schedule for the week:

  • Every Day
    • 9:00 to 1:00 small train set running and railroad video showing in the barn
    • Blue Star Free admission for active military and active Reserve, National Guard, and their dependents. From now until labor Day.
  • Sunday
    • Father's Day - Free admission for Dads and their kids
    • 11:00 Stamp Mill Demo
  • Tuesday
    • 1:00 Free Movie in the Chapel - "At The War With Army", starring Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis
  • Saturday
    • Featured Authors - Dane and Ron Kryz - Free
    • 1:00 Free Movie in the Chapel - "At The War With Army", starring Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis
    • 10:00 to 2:00 Jon “the Cowboy Blacksmith” – Blacksmith Shop
    • 10:00 to 2:00 The Amazing Dr. BlackJack Macabre, Magician, Physician, and Mortician, will be performing magic tricks in front of the saloon in the Apacheland Barn
    • 10:00 to 2:00 Wisecracking Digger the Donkey and his human sidekick Ventriloquist Chuckwagon Wanda will be performing at the old Four Posts Trading Center, halfway up the path to the Barn
    • 10:00 to 2:00 Morgan Earp, Maria and Junior stroll the grounds offering great photo ops.

Start your visit to the Museum in our Museum chock full of well-researched displays about the  history and culture of the Superstitions area.

Our Volunteers will gladly tell you stories about the De Grazia and Apacheland exhibits.

Shop for unique gift items in our Museum Store. In addition to jewelry, pottery, and wood carvings by Native American artists, we boast one of the East Valley’ largest selections of books about the Superstitions area and its history and legends. Our pleasant and knowledgeable Museum Store volunteers will be more than happy to help you pick out that perfect gift or souvenir from your visit to the Museum. We are proud to be carrying the East Valley's largest selection of books about the Superstition Mountains and the Lost Dutchman among the almost 800 titles we offer for sale in our gift shop.

Our hospitality greeters are on hand most days to answer your questions about the museum and the Apache Trail.

In the Elvis Chapel you can view posters of many of the movies filmed at the old Apacheland Movie Ranch, or sit in the pews and watch a video presentation about the Superstition Mountains, the Lost Dutchman, or some of the many movies and TV shows filmed at Apacheland. Check out the larger than life statue of Elvis, and the special display of famous Country singer Patsy Montana’s footprints. Our Chapel docents can answer many of your questions about the Chapel and Apacheland.

Elvis Memorial Chapel at sunrise - (Photo by Jack Olson)

Saturday at the Museum - Ruth and Ray, and Elvis - in the Elvis Memorial Chapel (photo by Jack Olson)

Right across from the old town is our replica of a classic Wells Fargo stagecoach, great for photos of the kids you will treasure forever.

Our docents in the barn will regale you with stories about the Apacheland Barn and the movie and TV shows that were filmed at Apacheland.

Keep your eyes open for Frank, our old Frontiersman, on his horse Coyote. They come out to the museum several times a week and just hang around and visit.Occasionally Slim rides his mule onto the grounds for a great photo opp!

Frank with Coyote (the horse) at Jack San Felice LectureOn selected Saturdays, Morgan Earp and his lady can be seen locking the bad guys up in the Old Western town.

 

As you walk up towards the old Apacheland Barn, also known as the Audie Murphy Barn in memory of the famous war hero and actor, veer slightly to right to visit the Blacksmith shop, where Jon the “Cowboy Blacksmith” holds court on Saturdays from 10-2. Jon will show you how to make “prairie wedding rings” and regale you with tales of the Lost Dutchman. Jon also sells products he has created using the working coal forge located in the shop.

Blacksmith Jon Palmer standing in front of the Blacksmith Shop

Off to the right, at the old Four Posts Trading Post, on most Saturdays from 10 to 4, you will find Chuckwagon Wanda and fuzzy friends doing a puppet show. She will not be with us this weekend, and she will be hiking the Grand Canyon, but she will be back next week.

When you start getting thirsty, or feel the need for a snack, check out Charlie’s General store just inside the Barn, where you get a refreshing Sarsaparilla or bag of snacks. While you are there, our knowledgeable volunteers can help you pick out a great souvenir of your visit.

On your way up to the barn, you might encounter Morgan Earp, who is often accompanied by his lady friend Maria and his sidekick Junior. They can often be found hanging around the blacksmith shop visiting with Jon the Cowboy Blacksmith.

Morgan Earp, Mary and Concho

Check out the old Bunkhouse in the barn, where, if you listen closely, you can actually hear the old cowboys snoring in their bunks. Right next to it is the old Saloon, where you can still hear the old player piano entertaining the guests. On most Saturdays, from 10-2, you can find the Amazing Dr. Blackjack McCabre, Magician, Physician, and Mortician, performing his magic tricks in front of the saloon.

In the back of the Barn is the small train set and the awesome railroad video. The small train and video run every day from 10 to 2. The big trains have been put away for the summer, but will be back in November.

The Stamp Mill will be running Sunday, the 17th, at 10:00. Bring Dad out to watch the stamp mill. You can see the entire Stamp Mill schedule HERE.While you are up there, check out the new Assay office building.

20 Stamp Mill Demonstration at Heritage Days & Apacheland Reunion - 2016

If the kids have any energy left they can check out the Arrastre and the Eighth of an Inch Mine Headframe. On the way back to the main museum building, you can take pictures in front of the Remington Bronze Sculpture.

Weekends in in the summer don't need to be boring! Bring the family out to the Superstition Mountain Museum and have some fun. And maybe learn some interesting History facts while you’re here!

NOTE: Chuckwagon Wanda& Digger, Jon the Cowboy Blacksmith, Dr. Blackjack, and Morgan Earp are planning to be here every Saturday in April. However, sometimes things happen and one or more of them may not be able to make it out to the Museum. Call ahead on Saturday morning to verify who will be here. 480-983-4888.

Don’t forget, if you are planning on getting married soon, the Elvis Chapel is a great place to do so. We also have special group rates for tours and school groups. They have fun learning about the history and legends of the Superstition Mountains.