Scottsdale’s Historic Art District

By local contributor
Kelly Triplett

Scottsdale embraces creativity in all its forms, so it’s no wonder you’ll find an entire neighborhood dedicated to the city’s best art galleries and museums. Located in the heart of Old Town, the pedestrian-friendly historic Arts District is the perfect place for arts afficionados – both browsers and buyers alike – to while away a sunny Scottsdale day.

 


ART FOR EVERY TASTE & STYLE

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The Scottsdale Arts District is a vibrant spot year-round and is home to dozens of galleries selling local art and works by internationally renowned artists. It’s also home to two of the city’s most popular museums. To get you started on your artistic explorations, we’ve curated this list of premier galleries and museums by genre.

Contemporary Art Galleries & Museums

Western and Native American Art Galleries & Museums

Landscapes

For the Eclectic Palate

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THURSDAY NIGHT EXCITEMENT

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If you’re in town on a Thursday evening, don’t miss the weekly Scottsdale ArtWalk – the nation’s longest-running event of its kind. During ArtWalk, the galleries in the historic Arts District stay open from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. and roll out the red carpet for their guests. Browse the galleries along Main Street and Marshall Way at your own pace, enjoying artist demonstrations, exhibit openings and live entertainment as you go. You’ll also find some of Old Town’s most popular restaurants and wine-tasting rooms in the Arts District – perfect for a bite to eat or glass of wine before an evening of gallery hopping.

Throughout the year, eight special Gold Palette ArtWalks  focus on themes like Western Week, Native Spirit and Summer Spectacular. These signature Arts District events take place from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. and feature art and entertainment celebrating the evening’s theme.