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.”
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 scottsdalemuseumwest.org
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:
- Scottsdale Civic Center Library has a castle-theme children’s area and The [email protected] Library featuring family-friendly exhibits.
- Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art has a [email protected] gallery that exhibits artworks created by youth.
- Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts presents family-friendly performances, including music, theater and dance.
- Scottsdale Civic Center Park is home to several spring festivals and presents free “Sunday A’Fair” events that include children’s activities.
- Scottsdale Gallery Association presents free Scottsdale ArtWalks on Thursday nights so folks can explore Old Town galleries.
- Scottsdale Historical Museum exhibits historical artifacts, including school gear, toys, farm implements and household items.