Scottsdale has long promoted itself as the “West’s Most Western Town” and with the opening of the new Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West the city finally has a premier location to exhibit and promote America’s western history, art and lifestyle.
The new 43,000 square foot museum located in the downtown area of Old Scottsdale will tell the story of all 19 Western states through a rotating series of exhibits that will include western art, authentic artifacts, interactive cultural history experiences and a wide variety of multi-media presentations. Since opening on January 15, 2015 this new museum is quickly fulfilling its goal to become the destination place where, according to museum director Michael Fox, “Western history can be revealed, today’s region better understood, and tomorrow’s rich opportunities explored.”
Visitors to the new museum will encounter interactive games and activities as well as strategically located multi-media presentations to engage the interest and to enhance the visiting experience of both children and adults. A state-of-the-arts, 135-seat multi-sensory/multimedia theater/auditorium will be home to special programs and professional performances unique to the Museum of the West.
Visitors also will encounter the cozy Story Circle where they can join others to view a demonstration, enjoy a close-up performance, listen to a knowledgeable storyteller or simply interact with museum staff and other visitors.
Current opening exhibits include the story of Lewis and Clark through the artwork of Charles Fritz, the bronze, Western statuary of John Coleman and the Western collection of authentic artifacts of A.P. Hays. The museum’s beautiful, outdoor courtyard features an ever-changing display of Western sculpture.
So for all those whose ‘heroes have always been cowboys” or for anyone who just enjoys discovering the Valley’s newest cultural offering, now is the time to get out, travel to Old Scottsdale and experience for yourself Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West. You will be truly impressed by this most modern, museum experience.
Pic #1 Courtesy of John Coleman
Pics #2, #3 & #4 – Scottsdale’s Museum of the West