The Sun Cities Area Historical Society has announced plans to expand the Del Webb Sun Cities Museum
in early 2019 to provide additional space for exhibits and enlarged meeting facilities.
In conjunction with the expansion project, the society will launch its first capital improvement campaign
in January to raise additional funds to pay for facility improvements, exhibit upgrades and other
enhancements to the original building.
The expansion, which involves construction of an entirely new building behind the current museum, is
made possible by an $80,000 grant generously donated by the Del E. Webb Foundation.
The Del Webb Sun Cities Museum is located at 10801 W. Oakmont Drive in Sun City. The building
was one of five model homes originally built in Sun City and unveiled when the community first opened
on Jan. 1, 1960.
The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The current museum consists of 1,675 square feet, not counting a carport and back porch. The approximately
700-square-foot new building will replace the back porch and encompass much of the current
back yard. A walkway will connect the new building to the existing facility.
Construction is expected to begin early in 2019. Building construction is expected to cost $115,000.
The museum is launching a fund-raising campaign to cover added costs of interior design, as well as new
exhibits, supplies and physical upgrades to the existing building.
The museum’s Board of Trustees is hoping to generate $100,000 during the 2019 fund campaign.
“The museum plays an important role in promoting the history of the Sun Cities, and we’re confident
our community will step up to generously support our efforts,” said Gail Warmath, president of the
SCAHS Board of Trustees.
The Sun Cities Area Historical Society was organized in 1986 as part of the 25th anniversary of Sun
City. Its mission is to preserve, protect and promote the history of Sun City and Sun City West.
The organization purchased the building in 1990. The home, now the Del Webb Sun Cities Museum
and Research Center, has been restored to its original condition and features exhibits and artifacts showcasing
the history of the Sun Cities.
The nonprofit organization is directed by a volunteer Board of Trustees and operated by volunteer
docents and guides. Operating funds are derived primarily by membership dues, donations and fundraising
activities.
The museum is open to the public 1-4 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Admission is free.
Visit www.delwebbsuncitiesmuseum.org. Call 623-974-2568 to contribute to the museum or to learn
more about becoming a museum sponsor.
About the Del E. Webb Foundation: Based in Prescott, Ariz., the Del E. Webb Foundation honors the
memory of Del E. Webb, the creator and developer of the Sun Cities. The nonprofit organization supports
“results-based programs” that impact society and focuses primarily on child and health initiatives.
About the Sun Cities Area Historical Society/Del Webb Sun Cities Museum: The SCAHS is the parent
organization of the Del Webb Sun Cities Museum and Research Center. Founded in 1986, the museum
seeks to promote public awareness and appreciation of the history of the nation’s first active adult community,
Sun City, and its sister city, Sun City West. The museum’s headquarters, located in one of the first
of five model homes built in Sun City, was renamed the Del Webb Sun Cities Museum in 2010 as part of
Sun City’s 50th anniversary.