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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 2 days ago

We visited the museum on a Sunday afternoon while we were staying in Phoenix. It was so worth the drive over there. It is a beautiful museum and everyone was very friendly. There were lots of artifacts from the old west as well as new...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Pattypug
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Set in Old Scottsdale, it is a hidden gem! There is a wonderful Hopi pottery exhibit. They offer different Docent led tours, check in advance for times, and which areas of the museum will be included. We explored on our own for an hour or...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed 3 days ago

We went to tour this museum based on recommendations from the locales. We went in with no expectations and were pleasantly surprised at how interesting we found it. Definitely worth a visit.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Gruber123Go
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were unaware of this museum until this trip and it did not disappoint. The museum, which is associated with the Smithsonian, gives a good overview picture of the West, both with history and art. When we visited, they were having a special exhibit on...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Reviewed 1 week ago

My daughter and I went here on a rainy Monday morning at the end of February. We were surprised to see people standing in line to buy tickets! As we wound thru the displays, we knew why. This museum is full of beautiful exhibits of...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank CharCzar366
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Romantised view of the settlement of the west through art. Large collection of work by the "Cowboy Artist" Charles Russell, photography by Arizona's Barry Goldwater, authentic Hopi pottery, leather work, guns and beautiful sculptures. The history of settling the west is not part of the...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank 773lindim
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The museum is excellent and presents a mixture of Western art and history. We visited two years ago and went back again. We gained a great appreciation for the work of John Coleman in 2017 and were happy to see his work as part of...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank OldFinn0914
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is an amazing collection of western art and historic artifacts. All are displayed in an interesting and informative manner. I could have spent the entire day there, but we were limited to a few hours. I was impressed with the display of items from...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank rjsteichen
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I am not a big museum person. They tend to overwhelm me and after a couple of hours I just wanna get out of the building. First of all, this museum is beautiful. It is obviously very well funded and all of the exhibits and...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank intrepidtraveler23
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Interesting exhibits - so many things packed into a small space. We spent about 2-3 hours. The Goldwater Exhibit was amazing, as is the Paul Calle exhibit. The display of saddles and western gear was outstanding.

Date of experience: February 2019
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3 March 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
3 March 2018|
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Response from o2bcre8ive | Reviewed this property |
I think 2.5 hours was good for our group. No one was rushed and it gave a good amount of time for everyone to enjoy what interested them.
25 January 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.