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Western Spirit: Scottsdale's Museum of the West

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“movie posters”(16 reviews)
Western Spirit: Scottsdale's Museum of the West celebrates the art, history and unique stories of the 19 states comprising the American West. The rotating exhibitions feature hundreds of Western artworks and rare historic artifacts on loan from some...more
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3830 N Marshall Way, Scottsdale, AZ 85251-5594
+1 480-686-9539
Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 3 June 2017

We were super lucky, and found a free 3 hour parking spot directly across the street on this very, very hot day (6/2). We had seen photos of this Museum in magazines, but as we got out of the car, we were overwhelmed by the...More

6  Thank NYU62
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 7 March 2015

We visit Scottsdale annually and were looking forward to this new attraction. The problem is, Western Spirit is not a Museum of the West. It's a museum of new paintings with western themes with a significant entrance charge. There is also a bit of new...More

7  Thank friendlyzombies
SMoWest_Kern, Manager at Western Spirit: Scottsdale's Museum of the West, responded to this reviewResponded 14 March 2015

Thank you for taking the time to visit Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West and to share your personal experiences. We value our visitors’ feedback. Our community-based museum, which opened January 15 of this year, is dedicated to bridging the Old American West with...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

An hour wasn’t enough time to enjoy all that is preserved in this small museum. The paintings were spectacular. My husband loved the Bronze statues and wished there were more There was a corny movie showing when you first entered and considering the sensitive subject...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago

This museum featured painted art and sculptures of the West as well as collections focused on lifestyle of the West. The latter includes displays of clothing, games, saddles, holsters and guns. This museum captures one's attention and holds it throughout the many displays. We took...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago

Spend a couple of hours in this interesting museum of the west. It includes a short movie, artwork, photos, displays of old equipment, guns, clothing, etc. The artifacts are nicely presented with fascinating background information. Did you know that some kinds of chaps are made...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A fantastic western art experience from classic movie posters to Remington's paintings and statues of the old West. There is plenty of contemporary art as well. Any serious lover of western art and culture has to go to this fantastic museum.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went with friends and had gotten a groupon. It is quite a large museum. We were there several hours. Lots of Western information. Lots of artwork, cowboy/cowgirl memorabilia, pottery was amazing. Tour guide gives a tour and then leaves you to wander on your own....More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

An extensive collection of western art and also special exhibits in a modern setting in the old town section of Scottsdale.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I loved the collections of saddles and pistols but the displays of Old West paintings and sculptures were truly awesome. I actually liked this museum better than the Heard, but I suggest you visit both while here in Arizona. Free parking adjacent to the building...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

First, this is the kind of museum that gives you visitor passes in the form of cute little sheriff badge stickers. It is perhaps more about projecting a highly romanticized view of the European dominance of the American West than it is in dealing with...More

Thank kwix
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I confess, I wasn’t expecting much when we decided to go to this museum, but we both really enjoyed it. The woman that sold us the tickets said it would probably take 1.5 hours to go through, but it took us 2.5 hours and we...More

Thank LoveDosTravel
Reviewed 10 October 2018

If you like the American West and art, you will enjoy this museum. We went on a weekend and it was fairly quiet. They have some amazing statues and a lot of western memorabilia. TIP: If you have AAA, you can get a discount. Better...More

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3 March 2018|
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Response from MuseumoftheWest | Property representative |
Most museum guests spend one and one-half to two hours exploring the museum’s two floors. Docent-led tours (starting at 11:15 a.m., 12:15 p.m. and 1:15 p.m.) are 45 minutes in length, with each tour focusing on different... More
3 March 2018|
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Response from Vasterbotten | Reviewed this property |
I'd say 2-3 hours, depending on how much of the exhibit descriptions you generally prefer to read. Great museum!
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25 January 2017|
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Response from MuseumoftheWest | Property representative |
Thank you for your question. The museum has two wheelchairs on-site that guests can sign out at the main Visitor Services desk. The wheelchairs are free of charge, and available on a first-come, first-served basis.