Arizona’s Cave Creek Museum is one of the most popular small museums in the state because of its historical exhibits showcasing mining and the area’s vast agricultural past.

One of the museum’s main draws for tourists is its unique Arizona Gold Mining Experience (AZGME). AGME, an expansive outdoor exhibit, begins with a historical overview before guests venture out to see, hear and feel what mining was like for people in the late 1800s and beyond.   The excitement builds with the operation of the amazing Golden Reef Stamp Mill and Tramway, Arizona’s only fully operational ten-stamp ore crushing mill. The 10, 1,000-lb. stamps slam down in synchronized motion to pound ore removed from the mine into fine gravel.

The stamp mill was brought from its former location at the Golden Reef Mine on Continental Mountain to Cave Creek Museum, which is located just five miles from its site on the mountain. It took a group of dedicated professionals, known as the dream team, to put it back together and bring it to life, which was five years in the making.  

The Cave Creek Museum is located at 6140 E. Skyline Drive in Cave Creek, Ariz., 480.488.2764. Open October through May. Find more information here