Light and Legacy:
The Art and Techniques of Edward S. Curtis

Light and Legacy:
The Art and Techniques of Edward S. Curtis

 

Edward S. Curtis, The Wedding Party – Qagyuhl, 1914. Edward S. Curtis, Son of the Desert, 1904.

Please note that Western Spirit will be closing early at 3pm on
Saturday, October 16 in preparation for Saddle Up II, and will resume normal hours thereafter.

Light and Legacy: The Art and Techniques of Edward S. Curtis

Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West is proud to announce Light and Legacy: The Art and Techniques of Edward S. Curtis, an unparalleled exhibition celebrating the life and works of photographer, ethnographer, and adventurer Edward Curtis. Spanning three decades, Edward Curtis traveled the land west of the Mississippi from Arizona to the High Arctic, visiting over 80 Indigenous Peoples and creating thousands of images, audio recordings, and the earliest motion pictures of Native Americans, all while making tremendous contributions to the art and science of photography. Curtis’s 20 volume publication, The North American Indian, remains unmatched in American ethnographic annals for its scope, depth, empathy, and artistry.

Light and Legacy: The Art and Techniques of Edward S. Curtis is co-curated by Tim Peterson, Museum Trustee and collector and Dr. Tricia Loscher, Assistant Director for Collections, Exhibitions and Research at Scottsdale’s Museum of the West. Opening October 19, 2021. Book your visit today!

Join us for Saddle Up II
October 16, 2021
Celebrating an exclusive preview of: Light and Legacy: The Art and Techniques of Edward S. Curtis.

Enjoy a night of dining and live music
supporting the museum and preview this exhibition!

Click here to learn more!

CURRENT HOURS

9:30 AM – 5 PM Tuesdays – Saturdays
11 AM – 5 PM Sundays
Closed Mondays

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

ADVANCED PURCHASE TIMED TICKETING

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

AUDIO TOURS

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.
Click here for more details.

PREVENTATIVE MEASURES TO ADDRESS COVID-19

VISITORS WILL NOT BE ADMITTED IF THEY HAVE
EITHER A TEMPERATURE OR ARE NOT FEELING WELL.

    • FACE COVERINGS: Strongly encouraged for all guests, required for non-vaccinated guests.
    • TEMPERATURE SCREENING: Guests will receive touchless temperature check upon entry.
    • TOUCHLESS ENTRY: Hands-free entry at southeast entry way, museum store doors are exit-only.
    • SOCIAL DISTANCING: Social distancing signage is in place throughout the museum.
    • ADDITIONAL MEASURES:
        • Plexiglas partitions in transactional areas
        • Hand sanitizer stations at visible locations
        • Recommended personal hygiene procedures in the restrooms
        • Restricted elevator capacity guidelines

      CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS ABOUT THESE PREVENTATIVE MEASURES

See the West from a whole new perspective at this Smithsonian Affiliate destination.

Here, you can celebrate cultures and immerse yourself in stories with the power to inspire. Western and Native American art and artifacts connect you the west – past, present and future.

Featured Exhibitions

Light and Legacy: The Art and Techniques of Edward S. Curtis

October 19, 2021 – Spring 2023

Dr. Rennard Strickland’s Profound Legacy: The Golden West on the Silver Screen

May 28, 2021 – Ongoing

Photographs by Barry M. Goldwater: Selections from the Arizona Highways Collection

Ongoing

 

Reviews

Ranked #1 Museum in Scottsdale!

Great museum of Western Art!!

Amazing exhibits and art

Marvelous Collection of Western Art and Treasures

        

PRESS

 

The New York Times feature

The Los Angeles Times covered our exclusive
Goldwater photography exhibition

True West Magazine has continually rated us “The Nation’s Best Western Museum”
(2021 Editors’ Choice)

What’s New

Museum Named Nation’s
“Best Western Museum”

The people have spoken! In the January 2021 issue of True West magazine, Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West was named the nation’s “Best Western Museum” by its readers. This readers’ choice award builds upon the museum’s previous recognition as the editors’ choice “Best Western Museum” in 2016, 2017, and 2018… (Read More)

 

Info

ADMISSION PRICES

Adults: $20

Seniors (65+) and Active Military: $15

Students (Full-time with ID) and Children (6-17): $9

Members and Children 5 and under: FREE

For more information, contact Visitor Services at 480-686-9539