Western Spirit: Scottsdale's Museum of the West
Photo by Bill Timmerman. Courtesy Studio Ma, Architect

The museum is owned by the City of Scottsdale and managed and operated by Scottsdale Museum of the West, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. It relies upon private support including tax-deductible contributions, memberships, exhibition and program sponsorships, and private hosting of events to fund its operation. The museum works in partnership with Experience Scottsdale.







Our Mission

Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West boldly immerses its guests in the unique story of the Greater Western region, illuminating the past to shape our future.

Our Vision

Western Spirit celebrates the West and its importance by informing, educating, inspiring, and engaging museum guests. Western Spirit offers high-quality exhibitions, educational programs, and community outreach addressing regional history, particularly as reflected by the arts and the dynamic cultural exchanges that have marked the transition of the Old West into the New West.

Featured Collections

Alper Bronze John Coleman Collection

Cooke Hopi Pottery Collection

Hays Legendary Cowboy Collection

Peterson Early and Contemporary Western Art Collection

Strickland Golden West Poster Collection