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Western Spirit: Scottsdale's Museum of the West

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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...more
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3830 N Marshall Way, Scottsdale, AZ 85251-5594
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Reviewed yesterday

Exceptionally well organized museum. The exhibits are very informative. The current exhibit of photographs by former AZ Senator and presidential candidate, Barry Goldwater, is stunning. Highly recommended to anyone interested in the history of the southwest.

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 2 days ago

After reading about the museum, we decided to visit. What a surprise. When you first walk in there is a life-size bronze statue of an Indian man and woman on a horse. While walking around we saw so many different artists and enjoyed the experience.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Cappie G
Reviewed 4 days ago

If you love Western art, this is a Don’t Miss world class collection—and building. Charles Russell’s work abounds, there is a stupefying collection of incredible pottery, and the current exhibit, photography by Barry Goldwater, is revelatory and moving. Lots of fun exhibits for children and...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank K3818EBsusank
Reviewed 1 week ago

What a hidden treasure this museum is! There was a Charles Russell's Women exhibit with so many fabulous drawings and paintings by Russell, as well as more of his works upstairs in a section with the works of Frederic Remington. Thomas Moran, Bev Doolittle and...More

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank Pamela C
Reviewed 1 week ago

Berry Goldwater is known as a Senator from Arizona and a one-time presidential candidate but he had a passion for Arizona and it's history especially of native people. The photographs can also be experienced in the December issue of Arizona Highways, a special collectors issue....More

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank Sue T
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Not a huge museum, but it is very well planned out and is packed with paintings, relics and interesting exhibits. The tour guides are passionate and informative... so you only have to read what you choose to. And the building itself is a work of...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank charris724
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We are locals and loved our two visits to this beautiful Museum. Great history and art exhibits. Nice staff. Easy parking. Very new. John Wayne...As a life long fan of John Wayne I wish our country had more men like you today.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Richard S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was our first visit and we enjoyed the exhibits. It includes art depicting the old west as well as saddles, guns, some amazing bronze statues and other items. Definitely worth a visit when you are in Scottsdale.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank mmLV777
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This new (4 years old) museum in Old Scottsdale is breathtaking even before you walk in — the architecture of the building itself is awesome and the materials used to construct it have created a work of art. Inside you will be transported to days...More

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank JoyceK198
Reviewed December 11, 2018

There is a wide variety of displays including a corral of saddles and a collection of Western and Native American clothing, hardware and memorabilia. Even better is the painting collection.

Date of experience: December 2018
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March 2, 2018|
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Response from MuseumoftheWest | Property representative |
Most museum guests spend one and one-half to two hours exploring the museum’s two floors. Docent-led tours (starting at 11:15 a.m., 12:15 p.m. and 1:15 p.m.) are 45 minutes in length, with each tour focusing on different... More
March 2, 2018|
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Response from Vasterbotten | Reviewed this property |
I'd say 2-3 hours, depending on how much of the exhibit descriptions you generally prefer to read. Great museum!
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January 24, 2017|
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Response from MuseumoftheWest | Property representative |
Thank you for your question. The museum has two wheelchairs on-site that guests can sign out at the main Visitor Services desk. The wheelchairs are free of charge, and available on a first-come, first-served basis.