April, 2018 Edition

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Superstition Mountain Museum welcomes families

Active duty military families invited to enjoy free gallery admission all summer, beginning May 28

Photos by Jack Olson
Low cost or free family-oriented activities take center stage this spring and summer at the Superstition Mountain Museum, located just east of Apache Junction among the many attractions on the Apache Trail (SR 88), one of Arizona’s most scenic highways.
The museum is offering free admission to the museum exhibit gallery to all moms on Mother’s Day, May 13. Children under 17 get in free with an adult, so practically the whole family can view the gallery exhibits for free. Admission for others is $2 for students over the age of 17, $4 for seniors and $5 for adults.
Even though the Lost Dutchman may not have been a father, he certainly had a dad, and in honor of all fathers, the same deal will be available to fathers and kids on Father’s Day, Sunday, June 17.
Bring the grandparents, too, because as fathers and mothers they also will get in free to view the exhibits and artifacts in the gallery, along with the original Ted DeGrazia paintings currently on display.
The Superstition Mountain Museum is a destination that family members of all ages will enjoy.
The museum is situated on a scenic 15-acre site just beneath the west end of Superstition Mountain, and is loaded with historic buildings and artifacts pertaining to the history of the area, including numerous maps to the Lost Dutchman Mine. Strolling the grounds and nature trails, peeking into the Old West streetfront buildings, and visiting the barn and the chapel from historic Apacheland Movie Ranch that burned down in 2004, is free for all and offers wonderful photo opportunities.
The restored 20-stamp ore mill is a piece of living history. The General Store in the barn offers icy cold sarsaparilla, and the museum gift shop/bookstore offers unique items and a full range of southwest book titles for all ages. Bring your cameras.
Families are even invited to bring a picnic and enjoy it at one of the picnic tables under the shady trees on the grounds. Spread the word to friends and relatives and help them plan special holiday celebrations this spring.
Through its participation as a Blue Star Museum, active duty military families are invited to visit and enjoy free exhibit gallery admission all summer, beginning on Memorial Day, May 28, through Labor Day, Sept. 3. The gesture is a “thank you” to U.S. military personnel and their families for their service and sacrifice.
It also affords military families a way to spend quality time together without worrying about the budget.
Watch for the announcement of which Old-Tyme Western movies will be shown free in the air-conditioned chapel on Saturday afternoons during June and July.
The museum address is 4087 N. Apache Tr. (SR 88). Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day. For more information, go to www.superstitionmountainmuseum.org or call 480-983-4888.