• New Exhibitions — and a New Look!

    If you haven’t visited the museum lately, now is the perfect opportunity to explore the many new artworks and exhibitions that have come to SMoW this season. You will See the West from a whole new perspective through our most recently opened exhibitions: Paul Calle’s Art of Exploration: From the

  • Become a Museum Docent Today!

    Are you interested in sharing the fun and fascinating stories of the west with people who are eager to learn? Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West is recruiting volunteer docents who wish to help the museum by leading informative, engaging and entertaining tours. Those with previous museum volunteer experience,

  • Joe Beeler’s Epic Talent and Legacy Highlighted in Newly Opened Exhibition

    “The Art of Joe Beeler: A Western Original,” on display now through October 28, 2018 at Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West, includes more than 80 paintings and bronze sculptures by the artist, as well as a recreation of Beeler’s Sedona, Arizona studio. The nearly completed painting “Into the

  • Museum Named 2018 Nation’s “Best Western Museum”

    The people have spoken! In the January 2018 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 both 2017

  • Museum Store Sunday is November 26! Enjoy Holiday Shopping Discounts and Demonstrations by “Jewelry Maker to the Stars” Kelly Charveaux

    Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West is celebrating Museum Store Sunday on Nov. 26, 2017 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. with discounts on unique, high quality holiday gifts and Western merchandise, plus an on-site jewelry-making demonstration. Patrons will meet Scottsdale-based, contemporary jewelry designer Kelly Charveaux, who has created

  • 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, contemporary western artist John

  • 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 contemporary architecture can minimize waste. When walking around the museum

  • Western Wednesdays at Scottsdale’s Museum of the West

    Beat the heat this June with family-friendly Western Wednesdays at Scottsdale’s Museum of the West! Each Western Wednesday, the museum will have engaging and educational activities for children ages 6 through 14. Cost per person for adults and children ages 6 and older is $5. Children 5 and under are

  • The Taos Society of Artists Symposium Presentations Now Available Online

    On April 6 and 7, 2017, Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West hosted The Taos Society of Artists Symposium. The two-day event, which was sponsored by Marcia and Hugh Ruddock, received an enthusiastic response from those who attended in-person, as well as individuals who viewed the symposium via live

  • Events Tell the Story of Taos, New Mexico’s Origins as a World-famous Center of Art and Culture

    In conjunction with the museum’s exhibition The Taos Society of Artists sponsored by Scottsdale Art Auction (on view January 10 through April 30, 2017), Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West will host a series of four, monthly “Taos Tuesdays” programs, as well as the April 6 and 7 The