The Museum Association of Arizona awarded its Institutional Award of Excellence for 2020 to the Del Webb Sun Cities Museum, 10801 W. Oakmont Drive, Sun City.
The award is presented annually to a museum that has exhibited leadership qualities by achieving excellence in its work, including in the areas of collection, preservation, research, interpretation and education.
“Over the past few years, the Del Webb Sun Cities Museum has accomplished so much, from its new gallery to increasing membership to its remarkable social media presence and the wealth of information available on its website and in the research center,” said Janice Klein, Museum Association of Arizona executive director. “The museum is truly a model of what dedicated volunteers can do to preserve the important history of their community.”
Founded by the Sun Cities Area Historical Society, the museum occupies one of the community’s original model homes, now restored to its original condition, complete with a new gallery that opened in November 2019.
Directed by a volunteer board of trustees and operated by volunteer docents and guide, the museum is dedicated to the preservation of the history of Sun City, the world’s first active-adult retirement community and its sister community, Sun City West.
In addition to exhibits and extensive public programs, the museum maintains an online presence that includes the research center, a searchable database of thousands of photos, brochures, maps and other information about the Webb Corporation, Sun City and Sun City West.
The award was presented during an Oct. 29 virtual presentation.
“We’re very honored and pleased to accept this award,” said Don Tuffs, museum board of trustees president. “It’s a recognition of the incredible work done by all our volunteers over the years. This museum simply would not exist without their passion and dedication, and it’s that commitment to the community that continues to lead us into the future.”
The Del Webb Sun Cities Museum has been closed to the public since mid-March because of the COVID pandemic. Volunteers have been busy during the summer creating new exhibits and preparing for a major re-opening focusing on Sun City’s historic role in defining the modern active-adult retirement community. “The Community That Changed a Nation” is expected to open in limited capacity to members later this month, and to the general public in December.