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 - 9:00 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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1-2 hours
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Minneapolis_Josh
South Padre Island, TX394 contributions
Dec 2021 • Family
What year while in town visiting Scottsdale right after Christmas for a family vacation. Was worth the money. We went when they were doing the Edward Curtis collection and it was really cool to see all of the photography. What is a good choice, lasted a couple hours and then the kids were ready to go. 19 & 15 year olds
Written December 31, 2021
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ksrich
Linwood, KS319 contributions
Dec 2021
We went to the Museum late on a Saturday morning. It was not very busy when we got there and was busier when we left. There was OUTSTANDING artwork, sculptures, and western and native american displays. We spent more time than we had expected because it was so well done. Paul Calle's art exhibit on the second floor HAD LIFE in it. One of the best exhibits I have seen. The John Coleman Bronze statue collection had tremendous detail for working in bronze. The Hopi Pottery was another excellent collection. The exhibits that were there now will give some better ideas of what life was like for Native Americans and the American Cowboy.
Written December 21, 2021
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Sharon K
1 contribution
Nov 2021
We had a tour with two docents, Ed and Tom, who provided an amazing amount of information. This made our visit so much more interesting. We learned so much.
We are so glad we did the tour. It’s a great stop and worth every penny!
Written November 2, 2021
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Diane B
Edmonds, WA721 contributions
Oct 2021 • Couples
Fabulous, fascinating and fun and worth checking out. We spent over 2.5 hours there and the art exhibition are thoughtful and informative. This museum probably has the largest collection of western historical paintings and sketching. Lots to see snd read snd docent Steve was very good,
Written October 29, 2021
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Steven L
Syracuse, NY821 contributions
Oct 2021
My wife and I recently spent an informative and enjoyable morning at Western Spirit. The museum is beautifully laid out and we wandered through the buildings moving between art and artifacts. The focus is on the variety of people that lived in what we would call the West over a period of time. We tried to see everything.
A special exhibit about movies and movie posters was nostalgic and recalled days in the 1950's when going to the movies with friends was an important part of social interaction when growing up.
Written October 25, 2021
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NC485
Wilmington, NC7 contributions
Oct 2021 • Couples
If you're interested in Western history this museum is the place to go! In addition to pictures, there are old guns, saddles, everything needed to ride/live in the Old West. We could have spent hours in this museum.
Written October 21, 2021
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Parker Sturbridge
813 contributions
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, TN110 contributions
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
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
38 contributions
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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Western Spirit: Scottsdale's Museum of the West is open:
  • Sun - Sun 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Tue - Wed 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Thu - Thu 9:30 AM - 9:00 PM
  • Fri - Sat 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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