A visit to Scottsdale’s Museum of the West turns back the clock and immerses you in the Wild West.
This huge, 43,000-square-foot museum opened its doors in January 2015 and features rotating exhibitions of Western art and cultural treasures on loan from some of the world’s foremost collectors and institutions.
You can view numerous paintings, sculptures, artifacts and interactive exhibits throughout. Exhibitions on display change throughout the year to showcase the artistry from 19 Western states.
Walking through the galleries, visitors are treated to artwork depicting the Lewis and Clark expedition, bronze sculptures, Native American pottery and blankets and of course, the western collection of cowboy artifacts.
Displays of sheriffs’ badges, old west guns, saloon and gambling paraphernalia, playbills from Wild West shows and interactive puzzles keep visitors engaged. Boots worn by Hollywood Western movie legend John Wayne are also on display, as are photos of the Lone Ranger and numerous other Wild West memorabilia in the collected works.
Every hour the facility’s auditorium screens a 10-minute film, “Spirit Is,” highlighting the story of the American West. There is also a gift shop carrying unique western items from artists throughout the 19 Western states.
Docent-led tours are available with admission. There is plenty to see, so wear comfortable walking shoes and be prepared to take your time through the exhibits to learn how the settlers persevered and tamed the West.
Location: 3830 N. Marshall Way, Scottsdale
Tuesday-Saturday: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday: 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Cost: $13 adults, $11 seniors and active military, $8 students and children 6-17, Free for kids 5 and under.
– Tracy House / Edited for Phoenix.Org