Welcome to your Museum!

Welcome to Del Webb Sun Cities Museum! Enjoy exploring our searchable collections of historic photographs, print advertising, personal histories, and memorabilia covering 50 years of development in Sun City and Sun City West, Arizona.


Visit the Museum!

In the heart of the ORIGINAL SUN CITY, many exhibits await you, including historical images, documents and artifacts from the original Sun City builder, Del Webb.


You can visit one of the original model homes in Sun City!

Housing a collection of memorabilia, featuring photo and story exhibits. Guided tours are available!


Research ~ Our collection is online!

Search our digitized collections for information about America's first, active adult communities, Sun City and Sun City West.


RCSC CASINO NIGHT, Saturday Sept. 9th at Sundial Auditorium from 4 to 7:30 PM with proceeds benefiting the Del Webb Sun Cities Museum. Mark your calendar and plan to attend.


A Look Back At Lizard Acres

Edson Allen speaking at Lizard Acres event


A look back at life in Lizard Acres – a ranching community that once existed where Sun City West now exists – was the subject of a special program hosted April 17 by the Del Webb Sun Cities Museum. An overflow crowd packed the R.H. Johnson Lecture Hall to hear Retired Judge John Gemmill share his stories about growing up on the huge cattle feedlot.  Mr. Gemmill and his family lived on the prosperous Circle One cattle ranch during the 1950’s and ‘60’s. The ranch was sold to the Del Webb Corporation in the 1970’s and eventually torn down to make way for Sun City West.






Step back in time as you enter one of the five original model homes opened in 1960. Priced at $8500, LIFE Magazine would describe it as “the least expensive home on a golf course in America.”

The living room, kitchen, and bathroom retain their 1960 ambiance. The two other rooms and later additions house exhibits on:

• The legendary Del Webb and the company he built

• The Marinette cotton plantation that preceded Sun City

• Life in Sun City – golf, baseball, performing arts

• Transition of Lizard Acres to Sun City West, and more

Top off your visit by watching “The Beginning” (see below) in the Sundome Jr. – Arizona’s smallest theater, seating six on seats taken from the Sundome before it was razed.

Best of all, admission is FREE!





“Golfing in the Sun Cities”


Marinette Exhibit

Marinette -- the history of the area before Sun City.

Watch “The Beginning”

Watch "The Beginning", a film shown to prospects in the 1960s featuring the difference in a traditional retirement at home and an active retirement in Sun City.

Watch slide show

Highlights of some of the many historic photos on site in the museum archives!

Our Information

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    Sun Cities Area Historical Society
    Del Webb Sun Cities Museum
    10801 Oakmont Drive
    Sun City, AZ 85351