Taliesin West
Taliesin West
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Experience the beauty of the Sonoran Desert through the eyes of Frank Lloyd Wright. Deeply connected to the land from which it was forged, Taliesin West is a celebration of the Arizona desert — a celebration you can step into and explore on a tour, either guided by a Taliesin West expert or at your own pace with an audio tour.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • WinfieldRDH
    Winfield, Illinois906 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A "must do" when in the Phoenix area
    Truly a "must do" when in Phoenix. We were visiting friends and knew nobody who had been here, and not sure why. The architecture is truly fascinating- and the views of the desert are stunning. The tour really helps to capture how to appreciate the uniqueness and beauty of the area. We made the mistake of not buying ahead of time. We just went into Scottsdale and came back - but smarter to online before you go. But do go- you won't regret it
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 16, 2023
  • TFAtravel
    Chicago, Illinois429 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent FLW Site - Good Self Guided Tour
    FLW's west headquarters offers an interesting contrast to his Wisconsin home. But both are the same. They are "of the place." This site offers a self guided tour with headphones. I was skeptical but turns out for no good reason. The taped tour offered plenty of information, and allowed us to proceed at our own pace A definite must for any FLW fan, building buff, or just someone who wants to enjoy some tip top architecture.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 8, 2023
  • craigology
    Amstelveen, The Netherlands117 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An outstanding tour into the mind, philosophy and design of a master architect and his devoted students.
    Do not hesitate to visit Taliesin West. It is an absolute ‘must see’ for young and old, design students, inquiring minds, history buffs and more. A unique view into the mind of Frank Lloyd Wright and his talented students, turning a baron piece of land into an amazing architectural wonder, winter home and design studio. There is so much to take in, visually and emotionally as you walk around. An amazing and insightful audio tour guides you from space to space. Light, texture and flow are the result of this masterpiece created out of literally nothing. Get there early. Better still, arrive before it opens, that way you can enjoy the amazing views and audio tour in peace before the crowds begin to gather and slow down your experience.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 28, 2023
  • Rebecca B
    Canton, Georgia9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing place and inspiration !
    We took the tour of this amazing school and toured this beautiful property Taliesin. I highly recommend this especially with teens considering architecture or any one that loves Frank Lloyd Wright. We were all amazed at the entire place and the stories to go with it . The homes students created in the dessert were also incredible
    Visited November 2022
    Traveled with family
    Written September 27, 2023
  • scott r
    Silver Spring, Maryland693 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Yes, it's one of the must see FLW properties
    Expensive (as all of these are), but worth the price. On the audio tour you see the public spaces - anywhere the students would have gone, but not private living quarters. Audio tour is well paced, and you can hang back to let groups pass for best photo opportunities (there's decent spacing as everyone moves at his/her pace). Recording at times verges on hagiography (FLW was in some ways a petty tyrant), but then this is a sanctioned version, lol. Fascinating man, always fascinating architecture, and they do point his shortcomings - he was not s structural engineer, nor an ergonomist! Stunning in conception and a place of real beauty even at 100 degrees.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written October 6, 2023
  • RV Manifest Destiny
    106 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Another Frank Lloyd Wright masterpiece
    Another of Frank Lloyd Wrights masterpieces! Worth the visit for sure. We took the self guided tour, and they will supply headphones for your phone. It was well done and worth the visit. The gift shop was an adventure as well. Part of the tour is outside and the home sits in the desert so plan accordingly! You must order your tickets in advance for both guided and self guided tours. There is no RV parking here.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 8, 2023
  • gmacman
    Auckland Central, New Zealand29 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent tour of FLLWs iconic home.
    The tour is excellent, nothing needs to be said about the house. It is simply brilliant. Booking in advance is needed, don't expect to just turn up on the day. There is a DIY audio tour available but I recommend the guided tour as I think it includes more and is excellent.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written October 16, 2023
  • Sdel
    Greenville, Maine6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Really worth the visit !
    We loved visiting this beautiful compound ! The architecture is amazing and it is so well maintained with gorgeous landscaping and artwork. Our tour guide , Frank, gave one of the best tours we’ve had anywhere. He is passionate about the site and Frank Lloyd Wright. He is enthusiastic, funny and articulate and brought everything to life. This is really worth going to even for people who aren’t FLW fans.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 24, 2023
  • Bonnie O
    Louisville, Kentucky9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We recommend this tour!
    Through the expertise of Justine, our tour guide, we learned a great deal about Frank Lloyd Wright, and his fascinating winter home, Taliesin West. This also became his architectural school where his apprentices not only learned under Wright, but also helped build and maintain the buildings. This is a walking tour with many opportunities to stop and sit while hearing interesting details. It is definitely worth the time to visit!
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written October 29, 2023
  • rosietomato
    155 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Awesome visit
    We did the sunset tour. It was amazing and so worth the visit. We learned about Wrights 4 pronged philosophy in architecture, and the guide let us see his property through his eyes. The sunset was spectacular. The tour was an hour long. It was very memorable. Do not miss visiting this site. The sculptures in the garden area at the entrance were beautiful and stirred the soul.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written October 30, 2023
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Jay W
Beaver Dam, WI358 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021
We thought that the audio tour was very informative, and it was just the right amount of information. It allowed for people to spread out for good social distancing and COVID-19 protection. Masks were also required and enforced. They have iPads with the audio tour so if you don't have a mobile device they can lend you one. The tour went to the outdoor courtyard, FLW's office, the living room, the reflecting pool, the studio, the theater, and many more rooms. The staff was helpful and friendly. They have a nice gift shop with unique Frank Lloyd Wrighty items for sale. Make sure to reserve a tour for the time you'd like because you can't just drive over and walk right in without a reservation.
Written April 9, 2021
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FL Adventures
Jupiter, FL41 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
We visited the museum and took the 90 minute guided tour. We were very impressed by the detail provided by the guide and the ability to truly experience the house and grounds. This is not the typical off-limits museum — you can really get into the living areas and get a feel for what Wright was trying to accomplish/build and how he did it. We were positively surprised by the tour and recommend it to anyone visiting the area — you don’t need to be a Wright fan to enjoy the experience.
Written February 23, 2020
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Penelope E
100 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
We've taken our out of town guests to all of the tours offered at Taliesin West. But the winter tour is our very favorite tour. It's $50 which includes a 2-hour tour with the outside all light up, the beautiful Dragon is afire, and the atmosphere is very dramatic. With that price you get a ticket for a glass of wine either before or after your tour, the wine is actually quite delicious. The views of Phoenix and Scottsdale from Taliesin are picture worthy especialy since you're there around sunset.

I'd suggest going a little early to visit the Gift shop which is filled with wonderful items and ladies if love jewelry you'll be in heaven. If you leave in the area the membership is a good deal and can be obtained immediately.
Written February 2, 2020
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ashie b
Richmond, VA388 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021
Good tour. We were the last group (4pm) so our guide was a bit more relaxed and let us lag behind a bit to take pictures, which I really appreciated. It's always hard to get good pictures when there's people moving all around. I'm not really into architecture and don't know much about FLW but the information was simple and easy to understand. A bit bummed we can't see into more of the rooms. They kept the gift shop open late just so our group could get a chance to get some souvenirs :) nice gift shop too, much more than what's available on the website. Overall good tour but $40 per ticket is steep (we got student $30 but still steep for a 1 hr tour), glad we could do the guided tour since the self-guided tour isn't any cheaper.
Written March 8, 2021
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Tom S
Ypsilanti, MI185 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
We took the 90-minute guided tour (the only way to see inside or even much of the outside) in a group of 26. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and gracious in moving the group along and keeping it interesting. The tour requires walking, some steps, and ducking through small entrances. Portions of the tour are inside buildings, but about half the time we were outside, so dress for the weather. Admission for our tour was $40 per person- expensive, but worth it for a unique experience.
Written February 11, 2020
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thegirlstravel
Tucson, AZ16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
I took a wonderful, guided Insights Tour of Taliesin West on Tuesday, February 25 as I was up from Tucson for a work conference. The structures and grounds were extremely interesting, and an it was an extra beautiful day with the wildflowers blooming all around. The $35 is slightly pricey but worth it. Guide Nicole was really the icing on the cake as she was engaging and knowledgeable, there wasn't a question she couldn't answer. I have a short attention span and she really kept things moving with her energetic, dynamic style.
Written February 28, 2020
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BenDillow
Redlands, CA291 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
Looking for an alternative to Spring Training the lovely Tally Ho Concierge suggested F. L. Wright’s Taliesin West. With modest enthusiasm we said, “Sure!” Boy are we glad we did! What a stunningly beautiful afternoon, combining Guide Nicolle with the quirky genius of Wright. They really have this tour down to a science—well informed (our group never asked a question she didn’t answer) well organized journey through the grounds (wish we could have wandered further from the house) and the house itself. Filled with just the right amount of information, delivered in enthusiastic narrative scale, Nicolle lead a well paced group from place to place, offering shade and seating at just the right times, picking and choosing tidbits and broad stokes in alternating manner. A very quick 90 minutes well worth the time and expense.
Written February 25, 2020
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Mike71553
Sharon, MA670 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 • Friends
We were staying not too far away and a friend had told us not to miss the Frank Lloyd Wright museum that this is.
Wonderful experience. You must reserve online first and pay ahead of time and either print out or have bar codes ready at check in at the desk. ($40 per person)
Plenty of “guides” around for questions. they operate self guided tours using your own phone and headphones but do have ipods available if you do not have a smart phone.
Nice gift shop at the end of the tour. Good views of the surrounding landscape from the tour. There are also human guided tours available at select times (See website)
Worth the $40 each as it also pays the bills there.
Written May 14, 2021
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Senesa
New Braunfels, TX107 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Be sure to get reservations on-line. As you drive up to Taliesin West you can look out over the 500+ acres and imagine yourself in the 1940s. The tours are well run, small groups, able to hear and understand the guides, not having to wait from room to room. You are able to sit on the furniture and listen as the guides tell you about the life of Mr. Wright and his wife. It is also very interesting to see the way Mr. Wright used left over wood and other scraps for decor. The grounds are beautifully kept and I loved walking from room to room, not through hallways, but through coves and oddly shaped doors. It is a very interesting tour, I highly recommend it.
Written February 19, 2020
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Edward F
21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
We had a wonderful tour, with lots of history, stories and plenty of details. We delayed making reservations as we still needed to make plans for other days of our trip, so ended up on the standard 90-minute Insights tour. It was just what we were looking for to walk through the buildings and learn how they were built and the amazing people who came to the desert to craft this masterpiece.
Written March 7, 2020
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