Opened in January 2015, Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West celebrates the art, history, culture and unique stories of the 19 states that make up the American West. The city-owned museum brings to life the unique stories of the people, places and events that embody our Western heritage and play a role in shaping its future.
Western Spirit presents works by well-known artists, historic artifacts of the Old and New West, interactive exhibits and multi-media productions, and hosts temporary exhibitions of western art and cultural treasures.
Western Spirit stands on the site of the historic Loloma Transit Station and preserves elements of the station’s classic design. This has been extended with a 43,000 square foot, two-story exhibition building. At the architectural center of the museum, the Sculpture Courtyard provides a showcase for western sculpture, featuring contemporary architectural design and beautiful desert plantings. A changing array of artists are featured, including renowned western artists John Coleman, Bruce R. Greene, Bob Haozous, Allan Houser, Doug Hyde, Herb Mignery and Cynthia Rigden.
Please check the museum website for updated exhibition information. Scheduling may have been modified as a result of the temporary museum closure.
Women artists connected to Arizona from the late territorial period through early 20th century.
57 images transport viewers into the hidden world of the Sonoran vaquero/cowboy
Major exhibition spans 5 decades of work
On the autism spectrum disorder, Bunting's photographs reveal his inner world
A 70-painting career retrospective showcases his luminescent colors and authentic portrayal of Native Americans