Western Spirit: Scottsdale's Museum of the West

Western Spirit: Scottsdale's Museum of the West

Western Spirit: Scottsdale's Museum of the West
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Speciality Museums • Art Museums
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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
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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 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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  • sharrongeg
    Henderson, Nevada3,218 contributions
    Wonderful museum for all ages.
    We are in our 60’s and thoroughly enjoyed our tour (docent guide Joe was great) and all his knowledge about Edward Curtis and his photography - this museum has something for everyone. Very interesting artifacts from the Lewis & Clark expedition, to modern paintings with a 3D effect. Really wished we could have stayed for live presentation about Edward Curtis, but time did not allow. Entry price was $15 per senior and there is free underground parking below the building.
    Visited January 2022
    Written January 28, 2022
  • nancyandbrian2016
    Scottsdale, Arizona98 contributions
    The Best Of The West: Cowboys, Fine Art, Photography, Native American Treasures
    This was our first visit to the Museum of the West, but we will defintely return with friends and family. The Museum is easy to visit and view the entire collection in 2 or 3 hours, but you could spend the day if you want to read every detailed description about the vast array of items. Incredible display of Barry Goldwater photographs, wonderful collection of Western Cowboy items including spurs, chaps, and saddle bags. Many oil paintings of the states west of the Great Divide (although Basha's oil paintings are even better). Fabulous Native American artifacts including pottery, clothing from deerskin and porcupine quills, and exquiste woolen blankets. This is a great place to bring your out-of-town guests that love the Old West!
    Visited February 2020
    Written February 8, 2020
  • Cal W
    6 contributions
    Heartrending Native American Photos
    Edward Curtis spent 30+ years photographing native americans in the late 1800's and early 1900's, in the last twilights of their civilizations. The museum is currently showcasing perhaps the best single collection of his work. It is truly gripping and stunning.
    Thank you - Light and Legacy: The Art and Techniques of Edward S. Curtis is currently the largest exhibit of its kind. We are extremely proud to be hosting this world class event until April 30, 2023.
    Written November 7, 2022
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited May 2022
    Written May 30, 2022
  • emorga
    Rome, Georgia592 contributions
    wonderful small museum
    We were drawn to a special exhibit of Maynard Dixon with over 300 selections of his works. The exhibit was well organized and provided a wonderful insight into the life and work of this artist. We enjoyed other exhibits of pottery, paintings of the west by other artists and western saddles and and gear We enjoyed Recommended
    Visited January 2020
    Written January 14, 2020
  • Diane B
    Edmonds, Washington748 contributions
    A must see!
    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,
    Visited October 2021
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 29, 2021
  • Steven L
    Syracuse, New York879 contributions
    Fact And Fiction About The Old West
    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.
    Visited October 2021
    Written October 25, 2021
  • CityCountryMouse
    Ontario, Canada328 contributions
    Interesting museum of the west
    I would recommend this museum especially those not familiar with the American west, specifically Arizona. Lots of interesting artefacts. We saw the Edward Curtis exhibit - fascinating, and controversial. The biases are there for all to see; this is the case with the museum too. Nonetheless, a worthwhile visit.
    Visited January 2023
    Written March 22, 2023
  • Tamra O
    Anthem, Arizona27 contributions
    Beautiful
    We saw this for the first time right after it opened. We were so impressed that we got a pass for just a couple dollars more to go anytime for a year. Well worth it because they constantly change the exhibits & it gives you 10% off in the store. We were very impressed with the art , paintings & sculptures. The location is great too with good parking.
    Visited November 2019
    Written March 6, 2020
  • CRMyers
    Chicago, Illinois580 contributions
    Interesting museum on the west. Knowledgeable free docents on tours
    Very nice museum with a lot of memorabilia on the west. There are knowledgeable docents who will give free group tours every hour for each section consecutively. This is good so you can get one section, then the next and next. Fantastic artwork on the top floor. Great movie posters, saddles and more. We spent 2 hours and could have spent more.
    Visited March 2022
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 11, 2022
  • V6731FAbarbaras
    Bismarck, North Dakota20 contributions
    The Curtis Exhibit
    This photographer's exhibit was amazing as he had taken pictures of members from each tribe in the United States. Other photos were equally worthwhile to view. The rest of the museum is well done and take your time exploring the precious items on first and second floor.
    Thanks - the Edward S Curtis - Light and Legacy exhibit is with us until April 30, 2023. Appreciate you reminding everyone of the second floor!
    Written November 7, 2022
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited February 2022
    Written May 31, 2022
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emorga
Rome, GA592 contributions
Jan 2020
We were drawn to a special exhibit of Maynard Dixon with over 300 selections of his works. The exhibit was well organized and provided a wonderful insight into the life and work of this artist. We enjoyed other exhibits of pottery, paintings of the west by other artists and western saddles and and gear We enjoyed Recommended
Written January 14, 2020
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Diane B
Edmonds, WA748 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, NY879 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
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

CityCountryMouse
Ontario, Canada328 contributions
Jan 2023
I would recommend this museum especially those not familiar with the American west, specifically Arizona. Lots of interesting artefacts. We saw the Edward Curtis exhibit - fascinating, and controversial. The biases are there for all to see; this is the case with the museum too. Nonetheless, a worthwhile visit.
Written March 22, 2023
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Tamra O
Anthem, AZ27 contributions
Nov 2019
We saw this for the first time right after it opened. We were so impressed that we got a pass for just a couple dollars more to go anytime for a year. Well worth it because they constantly change the exhibits & it gives you 10% off in the store. We were very impressed with the art , paintings & sculptures. The location is great too with good parking.
Written March 6, 2020
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CRMyers
Chicago, IL580 contributions
Mar 2022 • Couples
Very nice museum with a lot of memorabilia on the west. There are knowledgeable docents who will give free group tours every hour for each section consecutively. This is good so you can get one section, then the next and next. Fantastic artwork on the top floor. Great movie posters, saddles and more. We spent 2 hours and could have spent more.
Written March 11, 2022
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V6731FAbarbaras
Bismarck, ND20 contributions
Feb 2022
This photographer's exhibit was amazing as he had taken pictures of members from each tribe in the United States. Other photos were equally worthwhile to view. The rest of the museum is well done and take your time exploring the precious items on first and second floor.
Written May 31, 2022
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Thanks - the Edward S Curtis - Light and Legacy exhibit is with us until April 30, 2023. Appreciate you reminding everyone of the second floor!
Written November 7, 2022
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

ksrich
Linwood, KS392 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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Lia T
Chattanooga, TN67 contributions
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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Genesino
Appleton, WI39 contributions
Mar 2022
Museum of "the West" was enjoyed for the impressive display of photographs taken of Native American tribes from the late 1800s to early 1900s. It provides a glimpse into a culture that has been lost. Just the sheer number of different tribe names blew my mind. The photographer recognized what the future was going to hold for these people that were being pushed aside as white europeans made their claim to the land, and had the foresight to study and photograph them for posterity. Nice to see the native people in their native dress and homes, and while they still held some pride. We also enjoyed taking a family picture within their western mural. The volunteer docents were very informative and friendly.
Written April 7, 2022
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Light and Legacy: The Art and Techniques of Edward S Curtis is the largest exhibition of his work currently on display in North American. It is with us until April 30, 2023. Appreciate the feedback on our docents - they really do enjoy what they do.
Written November 7, 2022
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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