The River of Time Museum recounts and preserves the captivating past of the Lower Verde River Valley and illustrates the vital role of water in our Sonoran Desert. The exhibits tell the geological and cultural history of the area. This includes the archaeological and cultural history of the inhabitants of the Lower Verde River Valley including that of the Yavapai people.
The museum was named after one of the town’s first residents and owner of the local newspaper, Alan Cruikshank. Originally located in Fountain Park, the museum moved to its current location in 2003 when a $3.7m bond issue funded construction of a joint library/museum building on town property, adjacent to the community center.
The Town of Fountain Hills continues to provide the property along with building services, a relationship that has sustained the Museum since it’s opening in 2003.
Click here to learn about the Geology of the Lower Verde River Valley and the history of the people who lived in this region to the present day.