Cave Creek Museum, Phoenix, Arizona

Worth the Trip: Cave Creek Museum exhibits area’s past |

Marija Potkonjak, Tribune

The Cave Creek Museum may be small, but it packs an afternoon.

“If people really get into it, they could be here two hours,” says Evenly Johnson, the museum’s executive director.

Hidden away on Skyline Drive in view of Black Mountain, the
volunteer-run, member-supported museum will open Oct. 3 for the fall
and winter season.

“This museum almost draws you back in time,” says Johnson.

The collection is split into two galleries covering the history of the people who have lived in the Cave Creek area.

A tour of the museum starts with the archaeology wing, which features
pots recovered from local digs such as the Livingston and Ocotillo

“This area is very rich in archaeology,” says Johnson. “If you know
what you are looking for, you will see it out in the desert.”

An entire wall is dedicated to the Hohokam, Anasazi and Mogollon
peoples. Their lives are dissected in a way that’s easy for children to
understand. The newly refurbished exhibit also features a replica of a
Hohokam house and an activity center where children and adults can
learn to grind corn for flour. …

Cave Creek Museum

6140 E. Skyline Drive. $3 adults, $2 seniors and students. Open 1 p.m.
to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday, but opens at 10 a.m. Fridays. (480) 488-2764.