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Monday, February 19, 2018

First look: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West

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Part of the Abe Hays Family Collection on exhibit at Scottsdale’s Museum of the West. Photos by Lynn Trimble.

People got their first look at Scottsdale’s Museum of the West when it opened on Thursday, Jan. 15. The exhibit reflects Scottsdale’s image as a place where Old West meets New West. Exhibitions feature mostly paintings and sculptures depicting Western people, settings and themes. Most will rotate every six months or so, giving families good reason to return on a regular basis.

Educational elements include maps and other historic artifacts, along with large interactive screens that let viewers choose video topics. There’s also a wall spotlighting facts and images for key past and present Arizona history-makers. For students studying Arizona and American history, it’s a rich source of material. The museum covers Arizona and an additional 18 states.

Museum of the West is located in historic Old Town Scottsdale, next to Stagebrush Theatre—home to Greasepaint Youtheatre—and across the street from Scottsdale Artists’ School. Scottsdale trolley lines help visitors travel between additional attractions, but you’ll stumble on plenty of fun shops and artwork by exploring the area on foot.

On Saturday, Feb. 14, coinciding with Scottsdale’s 62nd annual “Parada del Sol,” the museum will present special activities as part of a “Community Celebration Day.”

Museum of the West, Scottsdale

One of several exhibits at Scottsdale’s Museum of the West.

What you need to know

  • Hours: 9:30am-5pm Tues-Sat, 11:00am-5pm Sun, 9:30am-9pm Thurs (for Scottsdale ArtWalks)
  • Tickets: $13 adults, $11 seniors 65+ and active military, $8 students (with ID) and children ages 6-17; free for ages 5 and under
  • Location: 3830 N Marshall Way, Scottsdale
  • Contact: 480-686-9539 or

More family activities in Scottsdale

Consider making a full day of it once you’re in Scottsdale so that you can take advantage of other family-friendly destinations:

Museum of the West, Scottsdale

Old West map alongside New West technology at Scottsdale’s Museum of the West.

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Lynn Trimble

Lynn Trimble of Scottsdale is an award-winning arts writer and mother of three grown children whose work has appeared in Raising Arizona Kids and Phoenix New Times.

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