Three 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). All museum tours begin in the museum’s main lobby, near the Maynard Dixon mural Kit Carson with Mountain Men (pictured above).
Western Icons Tour (11:15 a.m.)
Lights, camera, action! This tour begins with The Rennard Strickland Collection of Western Film History, an exhibition of more than 100 western film posters and lobby cards curated from one of the world’s largest collections of western film graphic arts. Exhibited posters celebrate the American West, cowboys, Native Americans, the history of the movie industry, and the power of the West’s cultural legacies. Following, explore Grand Canyon Grandeur, which features 100 historically important portrayals of one of the world’s most striking natural wonders. Artworks dating from the 1850s to the 1950s capture the ecological, sociological and visual diversity of the Grand Canyon, while showcasing a range of artistic styles.
Western Tour (12:15 p.m.)
This tour explores Of Spirit and Flame: John Coleman Bronzes from the Collection of Frankie and Howard Alper, which includes more than 20 sculptures by one of the nation’s most important contemporary artists of the American West. In this exhibition, Coleman’s stories about Native American history and mythology are conveyed, and his artistic process is illuminated. Following, in The Abe Hays Family Spirit of the West Collection, visitors 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 and Confluence of Cultures Tour (1:15 p.m.)
This tour illuminates the history of the early American West through artworks by both historic and contemporary artists. In Courage & Crossroads: A Visual Journey through the Early American West, view a collection that spans over a century and includes the work of western masters Frederic Remington and Charles Russell, Pueblo ceramics and other historic Native American objects, photographs by Edward S. Curtis, and the presentation style pipe tomahawk of Captain Meriwether Lewis of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. In Confluence of Cultures in the American West: A Selection of Contemporary Artists, see how contemporary western artists portray decidedly western themes such as trappers, settlement, exploration and encounters between Native Americans and the first Euro-American explorers.
PRIVATE GROUP TOURS (SELF-LED AND DOCENT-LED)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.