Photo by Bill Timmerman. Courtesy Studio Ma, Architect
We are not a museum of objects, but a museum of ideas.- - Mike Fox
– Mike Fox, Director
The museum is owned by the City of Scottsdale and managed and operated by Scottsdale Museum of the West, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. It relies upon private support including tax-deductible contributions, memberships, exhibition and program sponsorships, and private hosting of events to fund its operation. The museum works in partnership with Experience Scottsdale.
Our MissionWestern Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West boldly immerses its guests in the unique story of the Greater Western region, illuminating the past to shape our future.
Western Spirit celebrates the West and its importance by informing, educating, inspiring, and engaging museum guests. Western Spirit offers high-quality exhibitions, educational programs, and community outreach addressing regional history, particularly as reflected by the arts and the dynamic cultural exchanges that have marked the transition of the Old West into the New West.
Find Yourself in the West
Our multi-generational, multicultural visitors are invited to engage in self-discovery and experience positive personal transformation. The Museum’s bold, dramatic, authentic, experiential, and participatory exhibitions and programs present Western art and culture through images, narrative, and multimedia.