This Week at the Museum

This week (12/17 to 12/23) at the Superstition Mountain Museum!

It’s an Old-Fashioned Christmas at the Museum!

The Barn, Chapel, and grounds have been decorated by our volunteers for your enjoyment. Check out the antique sleigh in the back of the barn.

Schedule for the week:

  • Monday through Sunday
    • The Museum is open 7 days a week from 9 to 4
  • Monday, Wednesday, Thursday
    • 10:00 to 2:00 – Small Trains and train video running – Barn
  • Friday, Saturday, Sunday
    • Big Trains running
  • Saturday
    • From 10 – 2, Teton Ken, Jon the Cowboy Blacksmith, and Wanda and Digger the Donkey will be here.
  • Sunday
    • Roger the Blacksmith will be working the old coal forge from 10-2

Start your visit to the Museum in our air-conditioned Museum that is 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.

On your way out to the Elvis Memorial Chapel,on most Saturdays and Sundays you can find Teton Ken, aka the “Dutchman” with his Mule Mary, Clementiny the miniature burro, and Henny Penny the Piano Playing Chicken. Teton looks like the Dutchman and is also a magician. In between magic tricks he tells stories about the Dutchman and tales of lost gold.

Teton Ken and (Daisy the Donkey) Friend

Teton Ken and Friend

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.

Ventriloquist Chuckwagon Wanda and Digger the Donkey 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. When you leave the Chapel, you will walk by the “Old West Town”, where on most Saturdays from 10-2 you can find Chuckwagon Wanda, our Resident ventriloquist and her fuzzy buddy Digger the Donkey, hanging around by the Old Town. They are hilarious. Wanda can tell you about some of the artifacts you can see there, while Digger will crack you up with his witty observations and sayings.

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! On selected Saturdays, Morgan Earp and his lady can be seen locking the bad guys up in the Old Western town.

Frank with Coyote (the horse) at Jack San Felice Lecture

Blacksmith Jon Palmer standing in front of the Blacksmith Shop

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 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.

On Sundays from 10-4 Roger the Blacksmith can be found working the old coal forge, making some really cool items for sale.

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.

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.

In the back of the Barn is the small train set and the awesome railroad video. Out behind the barn is the Big Train set, which runs every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, from 10:00 to 2:00..

The Stamp Mill will not be running this week, but you can  and see what an original twenty-stamp mill looks like. While you are up there, check out the progress of the new Assay office building; it is almost finished. The next Stamp Mill Demo is scheduled for Saturday, January 4th at 11:00.

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 December 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, Morgan Earp, Jon the Cowboy Blacksmith, and Teton Ken are planning to be here every Saturday in December. 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.