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Western Spirit: Scottsdale's Museum of the West

  • 3830 N. Marshall Way Scottsdale, AZ 85251
    • Phone: (480) 686-9539
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Western Spirit: Scottsdale's Museum of the West features regularly changing exhibits of Western art and artifacts, entertaining events, and informative programs that bring the country’s Western heritage to life. The architecturally stunning 43,000-square-foot, two-story building is LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold certified, recognizing its best-in-class building strategies and practices. The Smithsonian Affiliate museum and 2016 “Best Western Museum” in the nation (True West magazine) opened in January 2015. Located in downtown Scottsdale’s arts district, the museum is within easy walking distance of numerous art galleries and restaurants, and Old Town Scottsdale.

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  • Hours of Operation: Tue.-Wed. & Fri.-Sat. 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thu. 9:30 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun. 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Mon. Closed
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  • Exhibits Space 1
  • Theatre Capacity 135
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  • Max Banquet Capacity 150
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  • Max Reception Capacity 500
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  • Banquet Capacity 350

The Taos Society of Artists

Western Spirit: Scottsdale's Museum of the West
January 22, 2017 to April 30, 2017
Recurring weekly on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
See the dramatic, groundbreaking artworks that gave rise to a major school of American painting in “The Taos Society of…

John Coleman: Past/Present/Future

Western Spirit: Scottsdale's Museum of the West
January 22, 2017 to May 31, 2017
Recurring weekly on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Images of American Indians infused with the history and mythology of the American West have made John Coleman one of the…

Bucking the Odds: The Art of the Cowgirl

Western Spirit: Scottsdale's Museum of the West
January 25, 2017
It wasn’t until the advent of Wild West shows that working cowgirls became widely recognized. In this program, Betsy Fahlman,…

Taos Tuesdays, Three Myths of Cultural Heritage: Tourism Perspectives

Western Spirit: Scottsdale's Museum of the West
January 31, 2017
In this presentation, Dallen J. Timothy, Ph.D., professor of community resources/development at Arizona State University,…

Behind the Lens: Photographers of the American West featuring Laura Wilson

Western Spirit: Scottsdale's Museum of the West
February 2, 2017
Join Laura Wilson as she discusses how her photography documents the stark realism of small Western communities and the…

Rhinestones, Rodeo and Retro Style: Vintage Glamour

Western Spirit: Scottsdale's Museum of the West
February 4, 2017
In this program the Cowgirls Historical Foundation showcases its members’ stunning, private collection of vintage clothing from…

Meet the Author: Robert Knott

Western Spirit: Scottsdale's Museum of the West
February 7, 2017
Hear from bestselling author Robert Knott, who will give a talk in the theater and sign copies of his newest release, “Robert…

Myths and Legends: Tombstone’s Social Life (What Folks Did When They Weren’t Gunfighting)

Western Spirit: Scottsdale's Museum of the West
February 8, 2017
In its heyday, Tombstone, Arizona was a busy metropolis that boasted hotels, gambling and dance halls, brothels and more than…

Hashknife Pony Express Arrival

Western Spirit: Scottsdale's Museum of the West
February 10, 2017
Experience living history when the Hashknife Pony Express, the oldest officially sanctioned Pony Express in the world, thunders…

Taos Tuesdays: The Patron/Artist Relationship and the Art of Collecting

Western Spirit: Scottsdale's Museum of the West
February 14, 2017
Collectors played an important role in the promotion and support of members of the Taos Society of Artists. Leading American…

OK Chorale

Western Spirit: Scottsdale's Museum of the West
February 16, 2017
Join Yodeling Al, Jingel’n Jud and Tumbleweed Tony - members of the OK Chorale - for an entertaining program of songs and…

Ed Mell and Kristin Atwell: Making the Western Opera “Riders of the Purple Sage”

Western Spirit: Scottsdale's Museum of the West
February 16, 2017
Hear from world-renowned artist Ed Mell and Emmy award-winning filmmaker/producer Kristin Atwell as they share their process…

The American West in Film and Television, Riders of the Purple Sage: The Backstory

Western Spirit: Scottsdale's Museum of the West
February 18, 2017
Zane Grey’s “Riders of the Purple Sage,” which has been in print continuously since 1912, is perhaps the most popular western…

Between You, Me, and the Fencepost

Western Spirit: Scottsdale's Museum of the West
February 22, 2017
In this humorous and insightful program, Joe Jeffrey shares his knowledge of what he considers to be one of the most important…

Fighting for Uncle Sam: Buffalo Soldiers in the Frontier Army

Western Spirit: Scottsdale's Museum of the West
February 24, 2017
In this program hosted by Shelly Dudley of Guidon Books, author and historian John Langellier, Ph.D. examines the role African…