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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
  • Audio true
  • Max Banquet Capacity 150
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  • Max Reception Capacity 500
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  • Banquet Capacity 350

John Coleman: Past/Present/Future

Western Spirit: Scottsdale's Museum of the West
March 1, 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…

The Taos Society of Artists

Western Spirit: Scottsdale's Museum of the West
March 1, 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…

Behind the Lens: Photographers of the American West Featuring Kathy McCraine

Western Spirit: Scottsdale's Museum of the West
March 2, 2017
Kathy McCraine’s stunning, authentic images of ranch life evoke the physicality and natural charisma of her subjects, while…

Nicole Carson Bonilla: A Cowgirl’s Legacy

Western Spirit: Scottsdale's Museum of the West
March 8, 2017
In this program, Nicole Carson Bonilla shares unforgettable photos and video and discusses growing up in a…

The American West in Film and Television: Weird West

Western Spirit: Scottsdale's Museum of the West
March 11, 2017
It wasn’t just outlaws that made the West wild. This program explores the cross-genre, supernatural tales that combined horror…

Taos Tuesdays, John Sloan and the Promotion of Native American Art

Western Spirit: Scottsdale's Museum of the West
March 14, 2017
In the summer of 1918, John Sloan became enchanted with the Southwest while spending several months in Santa Fe. For the next…

On the Wrong Side of Allen Street: Businesswomen in Tombstone, 1879-1884

Western Spirit: Scottsdale's Museum of the West
March 15, 2017
This program by Arizona State University history professor Heidi Osselaer, Ph.D. challenges the perception of women in…

The Real Story: “True Grit”

Western Spirit: Scottsdale's Museum of the West
March 19, 2017
Perhaps no Hollywood Western film captured the realities of the dangerous frontier better than the Coen Brothers’ “True Grit,”…

Working Ranch Wear: Tools of the Trade

Western Spirit: Scottsdale's Museum of the West
March 22, 2017
Cowboy style has influenced popular fashion throughout the decades, but in its truest form it was created as a practical way to…

Ranching on the High Desert: Five Generations, One Family

Western Spirit: Scottsdale's Museum of the West
March 31, 2017
Decades before mining and gambling came to define Nevada’s commercial success, its largest industry was ranching. The discovery…

“America’s Yellowstone”

Western Spirit: Scottsdale's Museum of the West
April 2, 2017
Encompassing more than 2 million acres, America’s oldest and largest national park is part wildlife sanctuary, part geological…

The American West in Film and Television, B-Western Beauties

Western Spirit: Scottsdale's Museum of the West
April 8, 2017
While cowboys were the heroes of many westerns, the heroines also played a vital role. In their TV and film portrayals, these…

Taos Tuesdays, “Awakening in Taos” Documentary Screening

Western Spirit: Scottsdale's Museum of the West
April 11, 2017
This stunning film reveals the personal evolution of a woman 100 years ahead of her time. Mabel Dodge Luhan was a writer and…

He Who Laughs Last: One Liners with the Marshall

Western Spirit: Scottsdale's Museum of the West
April 12, 2017
Marshall Trimble, Arizona’s Official State Historian and storyteller extraordinaire, shares the humorous aspects of small town…