Taliesin West
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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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.
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Jay W
Beaver Dam, WI219 contributions
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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Lisa S
Indianapolis, IN99 contributions
Feb 2021 • Couples
If you’re a FLW fan, you’ll love visiting his winter home, Taliesin West. They’re doing a nice job during our current situation with social distancing and keeping the numbers to only so many people going through at a time. We did the self-guided audio tor and highly recommend it. You download their app to your phone and you’re off hearing about the property as you go. Bring your own headphones or they have some you can use. I would have given this visit a 5 rating, except that $40 seemed a bit steep for an hour tour that was self-guided.
Written February 23, 2021
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K B
Lafayette, CA363 contributions
May 2022
You have to arrange tour in advance to visit. Seems am visits have human guide while pm are audio guide. They pretend the two are equivalent but, of course, they are not.
Fortunately the Concierge at Four Seasons Resort was able to resolve our difficulty obtaining the human guide. Our guide, Deb, was outstanding: she really knew everything anyone in our group of 25+/- wanted to know and made everything about the place as interesting as possible.
While the actual building at Taliesin West isn't as nice (in my personal opinion) as the original Wisconsin Taliesin, it had it's own charm; by the time FLW moved there, he seemed to have what he wanted to achieve pretty nailed down.
On site there is also a nice shop with souvenirs and books.
Written May 12, 2022
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Canada689
Calgary, Canada95 contributions
Mar 2022
We purchased tickets for Chihuly Nights. At $50 per person for the guided tour during the day I went for the $35 self guided tour at night. What we got was a beautiful night with well-lit dazzling Chihuly sculptures and a beautiful sunset. What we didn’t get was anything to do with Frank Lloyd Wright. I guess the audio tour that is supposed to be provided for the self guided tour has been discontinued. There were several tour guides standing around that you could ask questions of if you were willing to wait and if you knew what to ask. And we did not get to go inside any buildings. So for $35 we could have gone to the Desert Botanical Garden and seen beautiful Chihulys and learned something. Instead we got to walk around a house and pay $35 for the privilege.

Pass on the night tour and pay the extra money for the day guided tour I guess.
Written March 20, 2022
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Rene
Seattle, WA4 contributions
Sep 2022 • Family
Actually, I did not go in to the place so i cannot speak to its contents. I would like to just point out the prohibitive pricing of 39 dollars per person. For my family this would have been around $340. This is an outrageous affront to working families interested in experiencing some culture.

Prices like these at museums put up a barrier between the average person culture. It's as if you don't want us there. Shame on you and your classist, elitist institution.

Written September 4, 2022
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ashie b
Richmond, VA391 contributions
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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Joel A
10 contributions
Jun 2022 • Couples
I was very disappointed at the tour of Taliesin West.

1. The Chihuly exhibit was set up in the middle of the Wright designed property. This completely changed the appearance of the buildings and, knowing Wright, not something he would have approved.

2. Our tour guide never contextualized Wrights place in modern architecture. Yes, he was important, but he was part of a modern architecture movement. No discussion of his mentor Sullivan or other influential movements like Art Deco, Art Nouveau and Bauhaus.

3. The tour guide made a number of inaccurate statements. For example, she stated that Wright knew that there was water because of the presence of river rocks. Nonsense, those rocks could be millions of years old and have nothing to do with available water sources. She also stated, as a matter of fact, that Wright would have liked Chihuly. More nonsense, Wright was conceited and self centered. He would have scoffed at Chihuly’s glass work.

4. The tour guide misrepresented certain features of the building. For example, she noted that the skylights had channels to collect water. Wright did not plan it that way, all of his skylights leaked. There was black mold on the ceiling. He was a great designer and a horrible engineer.

5. Due to time spent on the Chihuly exhibit, we did not get to see the bedrooms or other buildings.

I have taken tours all over the world. This one was not a good tour.
Written June 7, 2022
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Mike71553
Sharon, MA596 contributions
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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geezerhippie
Switzerland, Fla.1,309 contributions
Apr 2022 • Couples
3 couples thoroughly enjoyed a recent tour of Taliesin West. Our guide was interesting & helped us understand what we were seeing, & about Frank Lloyd Wright,- his work, & his family. Landscape “added glass pieces” by Dale Chihuly put a glow of extra color to the desert geography. Make a reservation for early morning if possible, because it is HOT in the PM ! Small gift shop on property.
Written April 28, 2022
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Tom B
Houston, TX21 contributions
Feb 2020
This is the “summer camp” and home / home of Frank Lloyd Wright carved into the foothills of the mountain near Scottsdale. His unique and timeless architecture is on display everywhere and melds wonderfully into the backdrop of rugged terrain and saguaro cacti, mesquite and other desert flora.

Access is by tour only so be prepared to pay a fairly steep fee of $40 per person. In my view though it was well worth it. Our guide Kraig was exceptional and it was obvious he has studied the history of Mr Wright extensively. Ask for him for your tour if possible.
Written February 20, 2020
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