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


As this global pandemic progresses, the River of Time Museum continues to lose much-needed revenue. Uncertainty over when this crisis will end means the future of our organization is at stake. Although our doors are closed, we are doing everything to uphold our mission to engage, entertain, educate, and inspire people about the Lower Verde River Valley but we can’t do it without your help!

 L. Alan Cruikshank River of Time Museum is pleased to launch a virtual visit to our museum.

You can now “visit” seven of the museums main exhibits and learn a bit about the
great Lower Verde River Valley region.

 Vote for Women: A Portrait of Persistence Exhibit

Poster exhibition in recognition of the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote.

Treasure Trove Boxes

We are excited to introduce these fun River of Time “Treasure Trove Boxes” containing treasures and treats to engage and entertain the younger crowd. Each box comes with a variety of books, activities, and sweet surprises suitable for young minds aged 3 and above.

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.

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.

Years of Lower Verde River Valley History

The Year Fort McDowell Was Established

The Year The River of Time Museum Opened

Celebrating 50 Years of Fountain Hills