Western Spirit: Scottsdale's Museum of the West

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Western Spirit: Scottsdale's Museum of the West

Western Spirit: Scottsdale's Museum of the West
4.5
Speciality Museums • Art Museums
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Western Spirit: Scottsdale's Museum of the West celebrates the art, history and unique stories of the 19 states comprising the American West. The rotating exhibitions feature hundreds of Western artworks and rare historic artifacts on loan from some of the world's foremost collectors and institutions. The contemporary, 43,000-square-foot building is an architectural gem that meets the highest standards for sustainability and conservation of natural resources. Visitors also will enjoy the informative video kiosks, beautiful outdoor sculpture courtyard,museum store, and inspirational film "Spirit Is." Located in downtown Scottsdale's arts district, Western Spirit is within easy walking distance of numerous art galleries and restaurants. Nearby attractions include Old Town Scottsdale,Scottsdale Fashion Square, Scottsdale Stadium (Cactus League Spring Training home of the San Francisco Giants baseball team), the Scottsdale Waterfront, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts and the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art. Scottsdale's Museum of the West is a Smithsonian Affiliate museum, and was selected 2016 Best Western Museum in the nation by True West magazine.
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Parker Sturbridge
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Parker says "Great museum experience"
Sep 2021
Great museum depicting the American West. There was a little bit too much emphasis on the development of Western cinema, and a little to little of everyday life and the Native American population. But their exhibits and presentations were nicely done and very informative. There is a lot to see here, so be sure to allocate a full morning or afternoon. The staff was amazingly friendly from start to finish also.
Written October 1, 2021
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cdna85
Nashville, TN108 contributions
Nice afternoon at the museum
Sep 2021 • Couples
Just looking for a cool way to spend a hot afternoon. They are getying ready for a new exhibit so it was half price. If you like Western art you will love this place. Gail was our docent and she was very informative. The Paul Calle exhibit was great.
Written September 21, 2021
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NewEnglandGal
Leesburg, VA69 contributions
Loved this little museum
Jun 2021 • Family
Thoroughly enjoyed Maynard Dixon’s works as well as Barry Goldwater’s photos. Beautiful bead work. Pottery.
Written June 28, 2021
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Pam H
18 contributions
Beautiful new museum
May 2021
We took a docent led tour of a special exhibit and really enjoyed our visit. If you are interested in Western Art and historical artifacts this is the place to go!
Written May 30, 2021
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Benita Pipes
Tucson, AZ15 contributions
Highlight of Scottsdale trip
May 2021
My husband had the best time at this museum. Along with the sculpture and paintings, the western spurs, saddles and cowboy items were so fun! I enjoyed too, but hubby really did and doesn't always love all the places I drag him to.
Written May 27, 2021
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DKB333
113 contributions
Wonderful Art!
Apr 2021 • Couples
Must see museum if you love Western Art! Staff was very accommodating and nice. Spent 1.5hrs here but I like to read all the labels! Will definitely be back for other rotating exhibits. If they are half as good as the Maynard Dixon show, it will be worth the weekend getaway!
Written April 11, 2021
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NoviceWashTraveler
Seattle, WA13 contributions
Worth it
Apr 2021 • Family
Viewing Maynard Dixon’s paintings was worth the price of admission alone. Those plus the paintings of other artists and the exhibits give a real sense of the history of the West. Very informative and thought-provoking.
Written April 7, 2021
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Lia T
Chattanooga, TN56 contributions
Fantastic museum
Feb 2021
We did both this museum and the Heard Museum. Both are a must-see in Phoenix.This museum is state of the art in a modern building and staffed with knowleagable docents. The displays flow well and there is a nice gift shop. Allow 2-3 hours there.
Written March 4, 2021
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Dan G
Vail, AZ325 contributions
Great Museum
Feb 2020
Fantastic exhibit and most of all the Paintin with the horse created a great illusion of a 3d scene. Lots of other old west material as well
Written January 25, 2021
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Brandy Omrv
United States3 contributions
Great
Jul 2020 • Family
Amazing experience. I love such places like full of art. Its worth your time. Highly recommanded, well done
Written November 10, 2020
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Western Spirit: Scottsdale's Museum of the West is open:
  • Sun - Sun 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Tue - Sat 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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