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A Timeless Tribute to “the Father of Western Art”

George Catlin (American, 1796-1872) is considered by many to be the father of western art. However, the artist was laid to rest in an unmarked grave for almost a century, until 1961 when a very simple grave marker was added to his burial site. When award-winning,...

Understanding the Museum’s Eco-Friendly Design

Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West offers a unique perspective on the importance and application of conservation in Arizona. The LEED® Gold-certified museum building functions as an active teaching tool for all ages, and allows visitors to experience how...

Prisoners as Craftsmen of the West

During the 19th and 20th centuries, prisoners made and sold an unusual variety of items. Their handiwork included carved, hammered, braided, painted and whittled objects. Spurs, reatas, belts, bits and bridles were among the many types of exquisite merchandise created...

Award-Winning Design

"From the curb to the galleries, the facility is beautiful and meaningful." That is how the American Society of Interior Designers, Arizona North Chapter, recently described Western Spirit: Scottsdale's Museum of the West. The ASID chapter presented the museum with...

Flocks of Sheep Were Once a Common Sight in Downtown Scottsdale

There was a time when, instead of throngs of winter visitors, the streets of downtown Scottsdale teemed with herds of sheep on their way to Arizona’s high country for the summer, or back home for the winter. Marjorie Thomas was Scottsdale’s first resident artist and...

Grand Opening

Shining like a desert star in the heart of historic Old Town Scottsdale, Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West will be a premier cultural destination in a locale that has been called “The West’s Most Western Town.” Opening to the public on January 15, 2015,...