The Lake Havasu Museum of History showcases the city’s unique history and culture. The permanent exhibits include:The history of the Native American Chemehuevi and Mohave tribes that previously inhabited the area. Learn how these resourceful people were able to thrive in the often harsh desert climate.The role of the lower Colorado River and the steamboat era in bringing traders, miners and entrepreneurs to the area, The building of Parker Dam in 1938 and formation of Lake Havasu. Lake Havasu is a reservoir that supplies water for much of Southern California, as well as the Phoenix area.How the vision of city founder Robert McCulloch created Lake Havasu City as it is today. From empty desert, Mr. McCulloch built a vibrant city that attracts visitors and residents alike.
The relocation of the London Bridge from the chill and fog of its former home to sunny Arizona. Learn how the bridge was dismantled and rebuilt in Lake Havasu City, becoming the city’s showpiece.An overview of the native wildlife that can be spotted in and around Lake Havasu City. From Desert Bighorn Sheep to coyote and several reptile species, there is an abundance of wildlife.Rotating displays and programs include photography and art showings, guest speakers, and kids’ activities.The museum store offers gifts and books for all ages, photos, artwork prints, jewelry made from the bridge and others made by artisans from many cultures.
The Lake Havasu Museum of History is created so that present and future generations will not only know the significance of the creation and development of the Lake Havasu City area, but will learn from the past and recognize the need to preserve the historical heritage which has been bestowed upon them. Ours is a human heritage stretching from Archaic people to Hispanic settlers, miners, dam builders, dreamers and developers, to winter and summer visitors.