Three docent-led museum tours are regularly offered at 11:15 a.m., 12:15 p.m. and 1:15 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday.
All docent-led tours are included with museum admission and are free to members. Reservations are not required, unless you are bringing a group of 15 or more. (See details, below.)
Prior to your tour, plan to see the 10-minute inspirational film “Spirit Is” in the theater (shown on the hour throughout the day unless a special event or program is taking place in the theater). All museum tours begin in the museum’s main lobby, near the Maynard Dixon mural Kit Carson with Mountain Men (pictured above).
Western Perspectives Tour (11:15 a.m.)
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 (12:15 p.m.)
This tour begins with By Beauty Obsessed: Gilbert Waldman Collects the West, on loan from Phoenix-Scottsdale resident and 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. From there, visitors will view Photographs by Barry M. Goldwater: The Arizona Highways Collection, which features the largest collection of photographs by Senator Goldwater and include intimate family photos and personal items.
Old West to New West Tour (1:15 p.m.)
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.
PRIVATE GROUP TOURS (SELF-LED AND DOCENT-LED)
The museum welcomes visitation by groups, including:
- Social, professional or special interest groups
- Student groups representing public, private, charter or home schools
- Groups led by professional tour operators
Discounted group admission prices are available to school groups and adult groups of 15 or more people.
Please make your group tour reservation at least two weeks in advance.
Museum group tours are self-guided unless advance arrangements for a guided tour have been made.
For additional details regarding group tours or to schedule your group’s visit by phone, please call Kerry LaMountain, Membership/Visitor Services Coordinator at 480-530-3476 Tuesday through Saturday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. or email firstname.lastname@example.org.