Three different, docent-led museum tours are regularly offered at 11:15 a.m., 12:15 p.m. and 1:15 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday.

All docent-led tours are included with museum admission and are free to members. Reservations are not required, unless you are bringing a group of 15 or more. (See details, below.)

Prior to your tour, plan to see the 10-minute inspirational film “Spirit Is” in the theater (shown on the hour throughout the day unless a special event or program is taking place in the theater).

Western Tour (11:15 a.m.)

This tour examines the career of one of the nation’s most highly regarded contemporary artists through the exhibition John Coleman: Past/Present/Future. View artworks in charcoal, graphite, oil and bronze − many of which portray images of American Indians infused with the history and mythology of the American West. Following, explore The A.P Hays Spirit of the West Collection, and learn about the lives of the Old West’s cowboys, lawmen and outlaws by viewing 1,400 quintessentially western items including cowboy gear, saddles, spurs and guns. After your tour, take a photo inside the museum’s 3-D mural, which literally lets you step back into the Old West.

Courage & Crossroads Tour (12:15 p.m.)

This tour illuminates the history of the early American West through artworks and historic objects that span over a century, beginning in the early 1800s. The striking collection includes artworks by western masters Frederic Remington and Charles Russell, Pueblo ceramics and other rare American Indian objects, photographs by Edward S. Curtis, and the presentation style pipe tomahawk of Captain Meriwether Lewis of the Lewis and Clark Expedition.

Confluence of Cultures Tour (1:15 p.m.)

Through notable artwork by contemporary western artists, this tour spotlights how encounters between American Indians and the first Euro-American explorers led to friendships, as well as conflicts. In addition, it touches on decidedly western themes such as trappers, settlement and exploration.




The museum welcomes visitation by groups, including:

  • Social, professional or special interest groups
  • Student groups representing public, private, charter or home schools
  • Groups led by professional tour operators

Discounted group admission prices are available to school groups and adult groups of 15 or more people.

Please make your group tour reservation at least two weeks in advance.

Museum group tours are self-guided unless advance arrangements for a guided tour have been made.

For additional details regarding group tours or to schedule your group’s visit by phone, please call 480-686-9539 during museum hours or email