• Seeing U.S. National Parks through Artists’ Eyes

    August 25, 2016 marks the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. Museum guests can enjoy images of Yellowstone (the nation’s first national park) and Grand Canyon National Park by artists Thomas Moran and Lone Wolf (aka Hart M. Schultz) in our current exhibitions. “Lone Wolf (Hart M. Schultz): Cowboy,

  • Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West Named Best Western Art Museum in the Nation

    Since opening in January 2015, Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West has garnered numerous awards, achievements and accolades, including the designation of Smithsonian Affiliate. To these, it can now add “Best Western Art Museum in the Nation” for its “extraordinary exhibitions and dedication to Western art and culture.” “We

  • “A Real Indian Painter Paints Indian Life”

    Lone Wolf (aka Hart M. Schultz; 1883-1970) bridged the diverse cultures of the Old and New West through his compelling life and career as an artist. His experiences as the son of a Blackfeet Indian mother and the prolific western book writer James Willard Schultz allowed him to interpret the

  • You’re Invited! Family Fun Days in June 2016

    This June, children between the ages of 4 and 12 and their families are invited to attend exciting summertime activities at Scottsdale’s Museum of the West! Families will enjoy special presentations, gallery explorations and fun craft activities that are designed to enrich children’s understanding of the American West. Each week

  • CAA Artist Profile: Master Sculptor Oreland Joe

    New Mexican artist Oreland Joe Sr. is the creator of the only stone sculptures in the Cowboy Artists of America (CAA) 50th anniversary exhibition, which is on display at Scottsdale’s Museum of the West through Tuesday, May 31, 2016. His artworks connect with viewers of many cultures and backgrounds by

  • Prisoners as Craftsmen of the West

    During the 19th and 20th centuries, prisoners made and sold an unusual variety of items. Their handiwork included carved, hammered, braided, painted and whittled objects. Spurs, reatas, belts, bits and bridles were among the many types of exquisite merchandise created and sold by prisoners. Some of the most striking prisoner-made

  • “Spirit of the West” Featured Object: “Ride with Pancho Villa” Poster

    Pancho Villa, of peasant heritage, was the leader of a successful Mexican Revolutionary Army in the North. He shocked the United States when in 1916 he raided Columbus, N.M., killing 18 Americans. Reasons for the raid are disputed. Following the raid, Gen. John J. Pershing, with a young Lt. George

  • Become a Museum Volunteer

    Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West is recruiting volunteers who wish to help the museum fulfill its role as the storyteller of the American West. Those with previous museum volunteer experience, or a background in education or Western studies, are especially encouraged to volunteer. The museum’s docents lead tours

  • Western Traditions Show Debuts

    The new year brings a new show for museum guests to enjoy. “Western Traditions” features Ermal Williamson, an award-winning John Wayne impersonator, and Paula Williamson, a Patsy Cline tribute artist and national yodeling champion. The show takes place in the Virginia G. Piper Theater on scheduled performance dates. The “Western

  • “Spirit of the West” Featured Object: Maggie Wright’s Phillips & Gutierrez Prize Spurs

    Mrs. Ed (Maggie) Wright was a skilled and talented professional rodeo performer, who had a true west spirit for daring stunts. Maggie won the top rodeo event at Cheyenne, Wyoming’s Championship Lady Bronco Busting contest on July 28, 1917. As the top rider she won the spurs now shown in