Our Featured Exhibit

Light and Legacy:

The Art and Techniques of Edward S. Curtis

October 19, 2021 – April 30, 2023

See the exhibition before it ends!

Edward S. Curtis. The Three Chiefs – Piegan, c. 1900, Silver gelatin print. Volume 6, Portfolio Plate no. 209. Courtesy of Tim Peterson

Arizona Highways recently filmed and broadcast an informative and entertaining tour of Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West with Dr. Tricia Loscher, Assistant Director of Collections, Exhibitions and Research. Dr. Loscher describes the founding of the museum, its unique, environmentally conscious architecture, storytelling mission, and outstanding docent program. Dr. Loscher also walks viewers through some of the fascinating exhibitions, artworks, and artifacts, encouraging visitors to “Find Yourself in the West.”


Valley Favorites Announcement

Western Spirit Scottsdale Museum of the West has been chosen as one of the Valley’s favorites

Exhibitions On View

Upcoming Programs


Jews of the Wild West

“Jews of the Wild West” Documentary

Jews of the Wild West Film Generously Sponsored by Frankie & Howie Alper

Reserve your seat for a community-wide showing of “Jews of the Wild West” in partnership with Center for Jewish Philanthropy:

The feature length documentary is an independent not-for-profit project produced by Electric Yolk Media and directed by award-winning filmmaker Amanda Kinsey. Through on-camera interviews, compelling footage and historical photographs, the film tells a positive immigration story and highlights the dynamic contributions Jewish Americans made to shaping the Western United States.

Event Date

SOLD OUT! Sunday, April 2 | 2:00 – 4:00p.m.

Linda and Mark Winter

Mark Winter: History of Navajo Weaving

Join us for an exciting program about the history of Navajo weaving and the Toadlena Trading Post with speaker Mark Winter.

Instrumental in preserving the Toadlena/Two Grey Hills weaving style, Mark has been involved in collecting, researching and dealing in both historic and contemporary Navajo, as well as other southwestern textiles, since 1970. He operates the Historic Toadlena Trading Post and Weaving Museum on the Navajo Indian reservation with his wife Linda, and is very involved in supporting contemporary Navajo weavers.

Event Date

Thursday, April 6 | 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Timothy Reevis (Fourthunderson) - Blackfeet

The Curtis Legacy Foundation’s Descendants Project with Coleen & John Graybill

The Descendants Project gives voice to Native Americans whose ancestors were photographed by Edward Curtis over a century ago–symbolically reuniting their present and past lives.

The purpose of the Descendants Project is to photograph the living descendants, gather their history, and use those materials to educate and enhance the public’s understanding of Native Americans. Curtis’ great-grandson, John Graybill, takes the photographs of the descendants using camera equipment and techniques much like his “great-gramps” did all those years ago.

Event Date

Wednesday, April 12 | 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Arizona Native Edible Experience

Meet the Authors –

Jana Bommersbach & Bob Boze Bell:
Hellraisers & Trailblazers – The Real Women of The Wild West

A presentation by both authors on their latest collaborative effort. Followed by a short, moderated Question and Answer session. Books will be for sale and both authors have agreed to autograph any purchased the day of the event.

Event Date

Thursday, April 27 at 2 p.m.


9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday
9:30 a.m. – 9 p.m. Thursday (November-April)
9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Thursday (May-October)
11:00 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sunday
Closed Mondays

We suggest arriving early to allow approximately 2 hours to fully enjoy the museum prior to its prompt closing at 5pm.


Members have the ability to reserve free tickets through the member portal! Click below to reserve your time today.


To assist social distancing and guest accessibility, recorded information from gallery exhibit panels are now available in a self-guided audio tour format.

Please bring your own headphones.

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