Next to the Museum is an equipment yard where machinery and devices used in the 1800's mining operations are displayed. Over the years most of this equipment, abandoned in the mining district when the silver ore ran out, has been taken by collectors. We are very lucky to still have these old tools and devices left over from the mines and mills that put Silver Reef on the map. Please do not climb on or into these artifacts.
The Museum is located in the original Wells Fargo Building built in 1877. It is the oldest Wells Fargo Express Station still in existence, and features the original vault used to store the silver bullion waiting to be shipped. Now the Museum is packed with artifacts from Silver Reef's rich history. Back in the 1800's the south side of the building housed a mercantile store, and today it is where out gift shop resides. The north side of the basement is used for our Mine Exhibit, while the south side stores many of the artifacts found in Silver Reef not on display.
The Cassidy Powder House was rebuilt to look like, and in the approximate location of, the original. The windows were added for better lighting though, since they were never used in powder houses, which were designed to direct any accidental blast upwards to mitigate collateral damage. Our replica holds a diorama of what Main Street and the mills looked like in the 1800's. An informative audio presentation can be activated to enhance your visit.
The Old Jail was the original one used in Silver Reef, but was returned in 2017 after serving several other purposes in nearby towns for more than 100 years. Since its original location in Silver Reef did not have an archaeological survey done on it, the current nearby location in the middle of Centre Street was picked. Due to its fragile condition, the inside of the Old Jail is only opened during special events when volunteers can ensure everyone's safety.
This new trail system is still under development, but currently gives good access to many of the less apparent ruins and historical areas on the grounds. Please, do not enter into or onto any ruins. Stay within the rock lined trails provided, and please, no collecting or gathering of artifacts found on the grounds. We know they are there, but until a proper scientific survey can be conducted some day in the future, they are best left where they are.
Thursday 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Friday 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Saturday 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Sunday Buildings Closed
Monday 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Tuesday Buildings Closed
Wednesday Buildings Closed
Trails are still open when buildings are closed. You are free to explore on your own with the provided guide.
ADULT (Per Person) $3
FAMILY RATE $10
One immediate family with up to
2 adults and 3 children under 18.
GROUP (Per Person) $2
Affiliated group of 10 individuals or
more admitted at the same time.
The Cosmopolitan building was rebuilt on the location of the original Cosmopolitan Restaurant opened by Margaret Grambs in 1876. Mrs. Grambs stayed well after Silver Reef's heyday, running her restaurant until the mid 1890's. Old photographs were used to replicate the original restaurant as much as possible. Then the new building was used as a modern restaurant for several years. Now the Cosmopolitan Event Center is used primarily for Museum lectures, special exhibits, and other Museum functions. It is also rented to the public for private affairs. It can seat up to 100 people in its main 1,000 sq. ft. area of open space. This is complemented by a large serving island backed by support counters tops, a refrigerator, and rest rooms. Out back there is a newly built deck with expansive views of the White Reef, red cliffs, and Pine Valley Mountains. Out front is a lovely desert garden and plenty of nearby parking.
West & Centre Streets Interpretive Trail
The current Rice Bank building was rebuilt on its original foundations. It houses the business offices of the local water district. The original building, however, was home to the notorious Ann Bassett from 1950 until her death in 1956. Ann was dubbed by the press as the Queen of the Rustlers, and was one of the few women allowed into the Hole in the Wall Gang's hideout. In later years she refused to talk openly about her known association with Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, and anything else illegal.
The buildings and ruins along and around old Main Street have been numbered and described in an interpretive trail map which is available on this website and inside a metal box outside the Museum entrance (while supplies last). Even when the Museum is closed, feel free to walk the trails and enjoy the history and scenery that abounds. Please, however, do not enter into or onto the ruins. Please stay within the rock lined trails provided.
While it is not a real mine, it is as real as you are going to get around here without bats, scorpions, hidden floor shafts, and whatever else lurks in the now-abandoned mines. Our safe mine exhibit gives you the real feel of being in an old mine without the risk. Mine exhibit tours are given every hour from 10:30am to 4:30pm, and are included in the Museum admission fee. They are limited to 10 people due to the tight spaces, and are not recommended for small children or those with claustrophobia; the Mine Exhibit is not handicapped accessible. This special tour takes 20 to 30 minutes depending on questions.