Arizona, North America

Museum of the West

Scottsdale’s Museum of the West is located in Old Town Scottsdale and is quite a treat for the eyes. With amazing art from around the west, there is much to learn and explore. Plan in time for a visit the next time you’re in Arizona. 


Scottsdale's Museum of the West

Museum of the West

When we visited the museum, I wasn’t certain what it would be like, but I knew my dad and step-mom loved it when they went. I’m very glad that we went and were able to see some really wonderful art. If you like museums, the Museum of the West is a great one to visit.


Scottsdale's Museum of the West

As with most museums, there are temporary exhibits throughout the year. You can see the current exhibit by checking their website.

Scottsdale's Museum of the West

One of their ongoing exhibits, and the reason we actually visited, was to see the bronzes by John Coleman in the museum. There is a collection of over 20 bronzes that are on loan by some friends of my parents.

Scottsdale's Museum of the West

My daughter and I really loved seeing them and couldn’t believe the detail each one showed. They were really amazing and so beautiful. John Coleman is an award winning sculpture and painter and also one of the most important artists of the American West, as per the Museum of the West.

Scottsdale's Museum of the West

See the detail? Can you imagine the time and talent that takes? Just wow!

Scottsdale's Museum of the West

Just for Fun

Have some fun and pose in one of the photo ops throughout the museum. For this particular op, a member of the staff will help you stand just right, so it looks like you are in the painting.

Scottsdale's Museum of the West

My daughter is a lover of all things space and had fun getting her picture taken with this photo.

Scottsdale's Museum of the West


While we were visiting, one of the exhibits was a collection of over 65 Hopi ceramic pieces. I spent some time on reservations in the Albuquerque when I was in high school and absolutely fell in love with the pottery. It was really lovely to be able to see some other examples of this art. Isn’t it beautiful?

Scottsdale's Museum of the West


Being an art museum, the Museum of the West has beautiful paintings, by various artists, as well. We enjoyed examining them. [A PSA (public service announcement) for you now. When visiting an art museum with an artist, plan time in for them to very closely examine the art. I think she looked at that one spot for ten minutes. Seriously.]

Scottsdale's Museum of the West

Sculpture Courtyard

Our final stop in the museum was the Sculpture Courtyard. The sculptures here are changed occasionally, but always display art of the West. It is a great place to hold receptions and get togethers. I really loved this sculpture. He looks like he’s had enough. Don’t you think?

Would I recommend a trip to the Museum of the West in Scottsdale? Absolutely. Plan to spend a full morning or afternoon. Their hours and prices are pretty detailed, but you can find them here. If you are planning a trip to the area, check out my other posts on places to visit. There’s so much to see. A tip, don’t go in July or August.

Scottsdale's Museum of the West



Scottsdale's Museum of the West

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  • Kelly May 7, 2020 at 1:51 pm

    I also love the bronze statues. Since they are on “loan”, does this mean that they are only there for a short period of time? I would love to see them whenever I make it to Scottsdale (which is on my bucketlist). Thanks for the tip on not going in July or August. I’ll keep that in mind.

    • ppadmin May 11, 2020 at 12:33 pm

      They are on long term loan, without an end date. The owners have some in their home too, so they might switch them out sometimes. I’m not sure. Summer is really hot if you’re not used to it. We were not, so it was hard. We visited again in March and the weather was perfect.

  • Freya May 7, 2020 at 6:24 pm

    This looks like such an interesting museum. I loved those amazing bronzes, John Coleman’s an incredible talent. The Hopi ceramics are beautiful too!

    • ppadmin May 11, 2020 at 12:34 pm

      I totally agree. John Coleman is so talented. I always love seeing the ceramics of the Native tribes. It would be so great to know how to do that.

  • arv! May 11, 2020 at 1:33 am

    I love exploring museums when they are not exhaustive like the one in Paris! With too many exhibits one feels overwhelmed. With fewer exhibits one can take a closer look at the exhibits. I like the statue of Red Indian.

    • ppadmin May 11, 2020 at 12:36 pm

      I agree. We went to the Winter Palace in Russia and it was really huge. I think you need a couple of days for the big museums. The Museum of the West is perfect size.

  • Kendra May 11, 2020 at 11:51 am

    Interesting place! Is the museum mostly history of the Scottsdale area or does it over a larger portion of the West? The Hopi ceramics are lovely–I’m always captivated by pottery designs!

    • ppadmin May 11, 2020 at 12:37 pm

      It’s focus on the whole west, not just Scottsdale. Having lived in New Mexico as a teen, I have a love of the west in general, so it was great to explore.