Superstition Mountain Museum

Superstition Mountain Museum Features History and Mystery


Each year, thousands of tourists, horseback riders, hikers and photographers visit the Superstition Mountains located in Central Arizona. The rugged beauty, as well as the history and mystery surrounding this locale, combine to create an irresistible pull on the hearts and minds of visitors.

The Superstition Mountain Lost Dutchman Museum, lying on a 15-acre parcel in the foothills at the west end of the Superstition Mountains, is the keeper and purveyor of the colorful tales of bygone days, both true and mythical, regarding the area.

Besides the facts, legend and lore associated with the Dutchman and his infamous mine, the museum exhibits also address the flora, fauna and the geology of the area, the history and culture of those who lived within the mountains in centuries past…the Salado, the Hohokam, the Apaches, and all who have come since…the Spanish, the trappers, the miners, the cattlemen. A free walking tour of the grounds includes the chapel and barn from Apacheland Movie Ranch, Boot Hill cemetery, Old West storefronts, a “Big Train” model railroad exhibit, a working 20-stamp ore mill, and a labeled nature walk.

The museum, located at 4087 N. Apache Trail (Highway 88) just east of Apache Junction, Arizona, is a hub of activity, hosting throngs of visitors each season. The schedule is packed with lectures, classes, arts and cultural events, and historical reenactments. See the museum’s website for the complete 2014-15 schedule of events.

Currently on exhibit in the museum gallery is famed Southwest artist Ted DeGrazia’s “Superstition Collection,” comprised of 28 original paintings and drawings depicting the landmarks and legends of the Superstition Mountains. The collection is on loan through the generosity of the DeGrazia Foundation in Tucson, Arizona, and will be available for viewing with admission fee until April 9, 2015.

The museum, its grounds and an impressive gift shop and bookstore are open daily 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. except for Christmas, New Year’s Day and Thanksgiving. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors 55+, $2 for students with ID, and children are free when accompanied by an adult. For more information, call 480-983-4888.

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