To assist social distancing, recorded information from exhibit panels throughout the galleries are available. Download the audio tour guide to your smartphone or access it by phone call. Please bring your own headphones.
*We suggest allowing 2 hours to enjoy the museum prior to its prompt closing at 3pm.
Group Tours are suspended per social distancing guidelines and will resume when safe to do so.
Western Perspectives Tour
Guests on this tour will experience the museum’s exhibition Maynard Dixon’s American West, — the most comprehensive retrospective ever showcasing Maynard Dixon’s life and artistic career. Dixon (1875-1946) was one of the premier artists of the American West, and a true pioneer with an independent view and unique modern aesthetic of the American West. Canvas of Clay: Hopi Pottery Masterworks from the Allan and Judith Cooke Collection, which features more than 65 of the finest examples of Hopi pottery, on exhibit for the first time. Spanning six centuries, the exhibition explores the history and stylistic traditions of the Hopi, who have excelled in the creation of ceramics for generations.
Reimagined West Tour
This tour begins with By Beauty Obsessed: Gilbert Waldman Collects the West, on loan from founding member of the SMoW Board of Trustees, Gilbert Waldman, includes more than 50 artworks featuring stunning content – diverse cultural perspectives, landscapes, wildlife and more – organized across four geographical regions of the American West: New Mexico, Arizona, Northern Plains and the Mountain West. Following, in The Abe Hays Family Spirit of the West Collection, visitors learn about the lives of the Old West’s cowboys, lawmen and outlaws by viewing 1,400 quintessentially western items including cowboy gear, saddles, spurs and guns. After your tour, take a photo inside the museum’s 3-D mural, which literally lets you step back into the Old West.
Old West to New West Tour
This tour illuminates the history of the early American West through artworks by both historic and contemporary artists. In Courage & Crossroads: A Visual Journey through the Early American West, view an exceptional, must-see collection that spans more than a century and includes the work of western masters Frederic Remington and Charles Russell, Pueblo ceramics and other historic Native American objects, photographs by Edward S. Curtis, and the presentation style pipe tomahawk of Captain Meriwether Lewis of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. In Paul Calle’s Life of Exploration: From the Mountains to the Moon, learn about the career of artist Paul Calle (1928-2010), who was best known for painting and drawing the historic American West featuring mountain men, fur traders and Native Americans, as well as NASA artwork and postage stamp designs including the iconic 1969 First Man on the Moon artwork and stamp.
Group Tours are temporarily suspended per social distancing guidelines and will resume when safe to do so.