Western Spirit: Scottsdale's Museum of the West

3830 N. Marshall Way Scottsdale, AZ 85251

On view from October 19, 2021: Light and Legacy: The Art and Techniques of Edward S. Curtis. From the late 1890's to 1930, Edward Curtis took thousands of photographs of Native Americans from Arizona to Alaska as he assembled what would become the 20 volumes of The North American Indian, perhaps the largest ethnological project in American history. Come see these outstanding images and learn about the complex man who made them.

This highly rated TripAdvisor attraction located in Old Town Scottsdale features regularly changing and ongoing exhibits of Western and Native American art, rare artifacts and cultural treasures on loan from some of the world’s foremost collectors and institutions. A Smithsonian Affiliate since 2015, the museum has been, once again, named “Best Western Museum 2021” in the nation (True West magazine).

Ongoing exhibitions include authentic Old West cowboy gear, paintings and bronzes by acclaimed contemporary and historic western artists, and Hopi pottery masterworks. Captain Meriwether Lewis’ presentation style pipe tomahawk, Native American buffalo robes, and Kit Carson’s pistol and message pouch are among the historic artifacts on exhibit. Docent-led gallery tours take place at 11:15 a.m., 12:15 p.m. and 1:15 p.m.

The contemporary, two-story museum building is an award-winning architectural gem that meets the highest standards for sustainability and conservation of natural resources. The museum store provides an outstanding selection of quality, western themed merchandise.

This must-see attraction is on the free Downtown Scottsdale trolley line, and is within easy walking distance of popular restaurants, art galleries and shops.

Museum Hours                

Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday  9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.                

Thursday (November-April) 9:30 a.m. - 9 p.m.; (May-October) 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.                

Sunday 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.                

Closed Mondays             

Admission Prices                

Adults: $25               

Seniors (65+) and Active Military: $22               

Students (with ID) and Children (6-17): $12                

Members and Children 5 and under: FREE                

For special group rates, please contact Visitor Services: 480-686-9539

Getting There             

Located in the heart of downtown Scottsdale, Western Spirit is between Indian School and Osborn Roads, and one block west of Scottsdale Road.  It is easily accessible from throughout the metro Phoenix area.


3830 N. Marshall Way, Scottsdale AZ 85251

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Monday Closed
Tuesday 9:30am-5pm
Wednesday 9:30am-5pm
Thursday 9:30am-5pm
Friday 9:30am-5pm
Saturday 9:30am-5pm
Sunday 11am-5pm