Spotlight: Buckeye Valley Museum
Since opening in 1954, the Buckeye Valley Museum has been a resource for the history of Buckeye, Arizona. After the City of Buckeye took over ownership and management in 2007, the museum underwent renovation in 2014 and has reopened as a bigger space that highlights the local history of Buckeye. Here’s a closer look at the beloved museum from your local Buckeye dentist.
The museum, itself, is part of the Heritage Park project. Once known as Eastman Gin, the 13-acre park is home to the museum, native agricultural fields, a farmer’s market, farm displays and an outdoor amphitheater. The building’s facade was made to resemble the front of the Kell mercantile, a general mercantile store opened by Herbert Edward Kell in 1892, in what was then known as Sydney, Arizona.
Collections inside the museum include historic photographs, the family histories of early settlers in the area, Hohokam pottery, jewelry and stone tools, as well as artifacts from Old West days.
On top of that, the museum houses the biographies and photographs from the Buckeye Valley Old Settlers Union, which includes more than 16,000 names in the museum’s family history program.
The museum has been a beloved center for the residents of Buckeye, and it has endured and grown over the years thanks to community volunteers. The Buckeye Museum offers great information on the local history of the city and is free to the public. The museum does accept donations, the proceeds of which are forwarded to the Buckeye Valley Historical Society, a nonprofit organization designed to preserve the history of Buckeye. For hours and more information on exhibits and events that take place at the museum, visit buckeyeaz.gov/buckeye-valley-museum/.