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).

The Taos Society of Artists Tour (11:15 a.m.)

This tour explores one of the most influential schools of American painting in the nation’s history, the Taos Society of Artists. Guests will experience a major exhibition, The Taos Society of Artists, that showcases paintings by 19 artists and features 80 of the finest and most valued Society artworks ever exhibited together. See paintings by Society founding members Oscar E. Berninghaus, Ernest L. Blumenschein, Eanger Irving Couse, William Herbert “Buck” Dunton, Bert Geer Phillips and Joseph Henry Sharp, as well as six other society members and seven associate members. These masterpieces feature vivid images of dramatic landscapes and Native Americans in traditional clothing, which shaped popular cultures’ perceptions of the American Southwest and influenced generations of artists, including Georgia O’Keeffe, Andrew Dasburg, Marsden Hartley and Maynard Dixon. Exhibition sponsored by Scottsdale Art Auction.

Western Tour (12:15 p.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 Abe Hays Family 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 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 American Indian 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 American Indians and the first Euro-American explorers.




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