• Award-Winning Design

    “From the curb to the galleries, the facility is beautiful and meaningful.” That is how the American Society of Interior Designers, Arizona North Chapter, recently described Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West. The ASID chapter presented the museum with its Enhancement of the Arts Award on August 8, 2015

  • National Day of the Cowboy: Will James Tribute

    Will James: “That Cowboy Who Drew Pictures” As a boy, Will James dreamed of becoming a cowboy. At age 15 he left his home near Montreal, Canada and, a few years later, was working for large and small cattle outfits in the American West. In addition, James attended the California

  • Flocks of Sheep Were Once a Common Sight in Downtown Scottsdale

    There was a time when, instead of throngs of winter visitors, the streets of downtown Scottsdale teemed with herds of sheep on their way to Arizona’s high country for the summer, or back home for the winter. Marjorie Thomas was Scottsdale’s first resident artist and an Arizona homesteader who painted

  • “Spirit of the West” Featured Object: N. Porter Saddle and Harness Company 1898 Saddle

    Western spirit was certainly evident when Newton Porter launched his saddlery shop in downtown Phoenix more than 115 years ago. Hardened by more than two decades of operating saddle shops in several western states and Alaska, he was well-suited to the challenge his last venture offered. Before World War II,

  • Docent-led Tours are Now Offered

      Make the most of your museum visit by participating in a docent-led tour. Three different, one-hour tours are available Tuesday—Friday: Discovery Tour (11:15 a.m.) Learn the story of the Lewis and Clark Expedition (also known as the Corps of Discovery), as well as the personal stories and contributions of

  • Thursday Evening Speakers Series Debuts April 2

    Intriguing stories are at the heart of the American West, and are the lifeblood of Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West. To bring them to life, beginning April 2, museum visitors will be treated to five weekly presentations by masterful storytellers and noted experts on a variety of Western

  • Grand Opening

    Shining like a desert star in the heart of historic Old Town Scottsdale, Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West will be a premier cultural destination in a locale that has been called “The West’s Most Western Town.” Opening to the public on January 15, 2015, the City-owned museum will