Welcome to

The River of Time Museum

The rich history of the Lower Verde River valley and the people who settled here is the focus of our interactive, family friendly museum.


Museum Hours

October 1st through May 31st
Tuesday – Saturday
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Closed on Sundays, Mondays
and all scheduled Library closures.

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Admission Prices

Adults $5.00
Seniors (65+) $4.00
Students (with ID) $3.00
Children (age 6-12) $3.00
Veterans, Members,
and Children Under 6 Free
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Our Location

The L. Alan Cruikshank
River of Time Museum

12901 N. La Montana Blvd.,
Fountain Hills, AZ 85268
Phone: 480-837-2612

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River of Time Museum Closure

March 13, 2020

Along with many other valley area institutions we have made the difficult decision to close the L. Alan Cruikshank River of Time Museum beginning March 14th and continuing through May 1st, or until there are indications from the CDC and AZ Public Health that there is no longer a threat of Coronavirus transmission. As the travel season increases over the next few weeks and we experience more visitors from more diverse locations, we feel it’s in the best interest of our volunteers, visitors and staff to not potentially expose anyone to this virus.

Additionally, we have postponed upcoming events and programs through the end of April. The annual Hall of Fame Dinner has been postponed until Wednesday, May 27th and the April 8th Yavapai Tour will be rescheduled to sometime in the Fall.  We will not be participating in the Dark Sky Festival, or Smithsonian Free Day, but we will be happy to be a part of these events if they are rescheduled.

A notice will go out to everyone who has a reservation to one of these events assuring them that their reservation will be honored for the new date. If unable to attend the rescheduled date, we’re encouraging folks to consider making their reservation fee a donation to the museum as postponing these events will have a severe impact on the museum’s annual income.

Museum staff will be monitoring phone and e-mail messages throughout this time. Please don’t hesitate to leave a message on the museum phone at 480.837.2612, or email the Executive Director, Cherie Koss at director@rotmuseum.org.

Thank you so very much for your understanding and patience!

Build the Future by Exploring the Past!

Located in the heart of beautiful Fountain Hills, Arizona, The L. Alan Cruikshank River of Time Museum explores how the history of this region and our present-day lives are connected. As you journey through our museum, our exhibits showcase the ways desert dwellers – from the ancient Hohokam, the Yavapai, to early ranchers, and modern-day settlers – have found ways to create an oasis in the Verdes, and now Fountain Hills, throughout human history.

Grab a Paddle and Visit The River of Time

Whether you are joining us to check out our latest exhibits, attend a program or event, or just peruse our museum shop, we are delighted to welcome you! We also offer docent-led group tours, and provide free school tours to encourage our youth to explore our past, so they can build our future!

Our Mission

To engage, entertain, educate, and inspire people about the Lower Verde River Valley through relevant topics and experiences. Using the natural/social sciences of the region we preserve and interpret the past to understand the present and promote future sustainability.

Upcoming Programs & Events

Support The River of Time Museum

A local museum like The L. Alan Cruikshank River of Time Museum can only survive and thrive with the generous support of the local community.


Consider joining our team of committed volunteers. As a volunteer, you will keep the waters flowing at The River of Time Museum

Become a Member

Consider becoming a member. Affordable individual and family memberships available with great benefits!

Make a Donation

As a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, The ROT Museum could not operate without the support of our local community.

We are fortunate here in Fountain Hills to have many loyal contributors, but we are always looking for as much support as the community is willing to give! Explore the many ways to support The River of Time Museum.

Questions? Contact The River of Time Museum Today

We would love to hear from you – please use our contact form or call us at 480-837-2612.

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The Year The River of Time Museum Opened

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