About Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum Of The West
A visit to the nation’s Best Western Museum, a True West Magazine Editors Choice in 2019, allows guests to see the West from a whole new perspective. At Western Spirit: Scottsdales Museum of the West , a Smithsonian Affiliate, the West comes to life through powerful stories told through Western and Native American art, artifacts, and living cultures.
As a museum of ideas, SMoW illuminates the past to enlighten the futurebuilding a bridge between the old West and the new. Inside the 72-degree museum, guests can see permanent and rotating exhibitions including the museums world-class Hopi pottery collection spanning six centuries, a gallery filled with Old West cowboy gear, and a second floor dedicated to themes like mountain men and fur traders. They can also explore historic objects like pristine Navajo Chiefs blankets and artifacts from Captain Meriwether Lewis of the Lewis and Clark Expedition.
Supporters Saddle Up For Western Spirit: Scottsdales Museum Of The West
The Event: Saddle Up II
Event Date: October 16, 2021
Location: Alfresco in the Museum Courtyard
Event Chair: Stephanie Johnson
Entertainment: Clay D. Jenkinson, Edward S. Curtis portrayer and the band Daisy Train
Leading Sponsors: Northern Trust, Prestige Cleaners and Sunflower Bank
Notable Moment: Guests were welcome to enjoy the Edward S. Curtis exhibit in the museum after it was prefaced by the portrayer as part of the event festivities.
Stephanie Johnson with Howie & Frankie Alper
- Scottsdale Mayor David Ortega & Jinger Richardson
Clay D. Jenkinson portraying Edward S. CurtisDinner Under the Stars in the CourtyardThe band Daisy Train
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Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum Of The West
Discover the Wests history and rich cultural heritage at this highly rated TripAdvisor attraction just steps away from Old Town Scottsdale. Set in a stunning, 43,000-square-foot contemporary building, the museum features historic cowboy gear, Hopi pottery masterworks, Western fine art, historic posters starring silver screen cowboys and Indiansand much more.
Since its opening in January 2015, the museum has become a Smithsonian Affiliate and was named the nations Best Western Museum twice by the editors of True West magazine.
During Scottsdales Parada del Sol celebration in February, museum guests can experience living history as the Hashknife Pony Express, the oldest officially sanctioned Pony Express in the world, thunders into town at the end of its 200-mile journey to deliver U.S. Postal Service mail at the front steps of the museum.
The museum is a favorite downtown destination, thanks to its acclaimed exhibitions proximity to popular restaurants, art galleries and retail shops and easy access on foot, by car, or via the free downtown Scottsdale trolley.
In addition to Old Town, other nearby attractions include Scottsdale Fashion Square, Scottsdale Stadium , the Scottsdale Waterfront, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts and the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art.
For information regarding current exhibitions, docent tours and events, visit scottsdalemuseumwest.org or call 686-9539.
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Light And Legacy: The Art And Techniques Of Edward S Curtis
Western Spirit: Scottsdales Museum of the West is proud to announce Light and Legacy: The Art and Techniques of Edward S. Curtis, an unparalleled exhibition celebrating the life and works of photographer, ethnographer, and adventurer Edward Curtis. Spanning three decades, Edward Curtis traveled the land west of the Mississippi from Arizona to the High Arctic, visiting over 80 Indigenous Peoples and creating thousands of images, audio recordings, and the earliest motion pictures of Native Americans, all while making tremendous contributions to the art and science of photography. Curtiss 20 volume publication, The North American Indian, remains unmatched in American ethnographic annals for its scope, depth, empathy, and artistry.
Light and Legacy: The Art and Techniques of Edward S. Curtis is co-curated by Tim Peterson, Museum Trustee and collector and Dr. Tricia Loscher, Assistant Director for Collections, Exhibitions and Research at Scottsdales Museum of the West. Opened October 19, 2021. Book your visit today!
Western Spirit: Scottsdales Museum Of The West
True West Magazine, Readers Choice, has continuously named Western Spirit, the Nations Best Western Museum. The museum brings the Wests history and heritage to life through art and artifacts of Western and Native American heritage as well as informative events and programming. Western Spirit proudly present featuring Light and Legacy: The Art and Techniques of Edward S. Curtis, an exhibition on until April 2023.
Additional exhibits include: Arizona Highways The Art of Our Photographynow until January 16, 2022.
The Smithsonian Affiliate is located in downtown Scottsdales arts district, the museum is within easy walking distance of numerous art galleries and restaurants, and Old Town Scottsdale.
3830 N. Marshall Way, Scottsdale, AZ 85251
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