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.