Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West
Exploring the Art, Culture and History of the American West
Scottsdale, Arizona is home to the Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West. Located in Old Town Scottsdale, this two-story museum opened its doors in January 2015, and offers a unique opportunity to explore 19 states in the American West, western Canada and Mexico all under one roof. With over 43,000 square feet of space dedicated to art, culture and history, this is a must-see destination for all those interested in learning more about the rich heritage of these regions.
Discovering the Story Behind Western Spirit
The story behind Western Spirit began with a dream by a local Scottsdale resident. As an avid collector of western art, artifacts and antiques from throughout her life she wanted to create a place where others could appreciate and explore these treasures as well. After years of fundraising from local businesses, residents and other sources she was able to purchase property on what used to be the Loloma Transit Station in Old Town Scottsdale. Construction quickly began on what would become Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West.
A Journey Through Artwork Displayed Throughout The Museum
Visitors who take a journey through Western Spirit can enjoy artwork displayed throughout both floors of the museum. Permanent gallery exhibitions include some of the most iconic pieces related to western art including sculptures by Charles M. Russell and Frederic Remington; Native American paintings; firearms used by cowboys during cattle drives; period clothing; vintage photographs depicting life on ranches and reservations; cowboy hats; boots; saddles; spurs and much more! Each piece has been carefully curated from across 19 different states in America’s west as well as parts of western Canada and Mexico so that visitors can gain an understanding for how life once was amongst those regions.
Exhibitions That Bring History To Life
In addition to permanent gallery exhibitions there are also featured events that bring history to life through interactive activities such as storytelling sessions with former ranch hands or reenactments with historians discussing how things were during different points in history such as during times when railroads connected small towns together or right after World War 2 when many people moved out west looking for new opportunities. These events often allow visitors to ask questions directly related to their interests so that they can gain further insight into whatever particular topic they might be interested in learning more about. The Gateway Trailhead in the McDowell Sonoran Preserve is the perfect place to explore and learn more about the amazing desert landscape. With miles of hiking trails, a variety of wildlife, and stunning views, this trailhead has something for everyone. So, whether you’re a seasoned hiker or just looking for a beautiful place to take a walk, be sure to check out the Gateway Trailhead in the McDowell Sonoran Preserve.
Educational Opportunities For All Ages
At Western Spirit there are educational opportunities available for visitors of all ages including school tours tailored towards children or guided tours designed specifically for adult groups or families who want a more personalized experience exploring everything that this museum has to offer them. Additionally there are also research materials available ranging from books written on various aspects related to western culture or films featuring lectures from experts specializing in different fields like archaeology or anthropology which can help visitors gain even greater insights into whatever topics their curious about!
Ultimately whether stopping by for just an hour or spending an entire day at this incredible museum it’s sure to be an unforgettable experience filled with exploration discovery & education! So why not head over today & see first hand why so many people consider it one of Arizona’s best attractions!