We have compiled a list of places to see while you are visiting Scottsdale.
We hope this travel menu helps to inform as well as save you some time.
Here are a few places to see to get you started…..
The Phoenix Art Museum
The Southwest’s premier 203,000- square foot destination for world-class visual arts. Here you will be immersed in culture while viewing popular exhibitions that feature artists such as Rembrandt, Norman Rockwell, Monetand Annie Leibowitz.
And the list goes on.
The Phoenix Art Museum
McDowell Road & Central Avenue
1625 N. Central Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85004
MIM - The Musical Instrument Museum
MIM offers a shared experience of the history of musical instruments throughout the world. The space is bright and open, providing guests with a warm and comfortable environment. Guests are given wireless headsets to wear throughout the museum. As they approach different displays, they can hear the instruments being played, either solo or as an ensemble.
The collection includes instruments from around two hundred countries and territories in the world. Some larger countries such as India, China, Russia, the United States, Congo, and others have multiple displays with subsections for different types of ethnic, folk, and tribal music.
4725 East Mayo Boulevard | Phoenix, AZ 85050
Corner of Tatum & Mayo Blvds., just off the 101 in Phoenix
Old Town Scottsdale
Downtown Scottsdale offers some of the finest galleries, specialty retail, cultural attractions and dining in the Valley of the Sun. Downtown Scottsdale is at the heart of the city’s art scene, with Contemporary and Western Art, Theatre 4301 and a wide variety of outdoor sculptures set amid the lush green lawns and sparkling fountain of the Civic Center Mall.
Scottsdale’s Arts District is home to a high concentration of galleries showcasing some of the best Western and Southwestern art in the country. Throughout “Old Town”, shopkeepers sell quality Native American crafts, offering everything from hand-woven Navajo rugs to Zuni silver jewelry. “Old Town”, shopkeepers sell quality Native American crafts, offering everything from hand-woven Navajo rugs to Zuni silver
The Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art
A few blocks from Greenbaum
Founded in 1999, the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art [SMoCA] is an educational institution dedicated to presenting exhibitions on contemporary and modern art, architecture, and design. Global in its focus, SMoCA is a gathering place for experiencing contemporary art and culture.
7374 East Second St.
The Arizona Science Center
The Science Center began its revitalization in 2006 with the installation of IMAX technology in its Irene P. Flinn Theater, enabling the Science Center to feature outstanding films such as Deep Sea 3D, Grand Canyon Adventure 3D and The Polar Express. Continuing in 2008 the all new Dorrance Planetarium renovations included a NanoSeam Dome and Digistar3 projection and sound capabilities, making Arizona Science Center the only science center or museum in the world with this technology.
600 East Washington Street,
Phoenix, Arizona 85004
(in Heritage and Science Park in downtown Phoenix)
The Heard Museum
The Heard Museum has one of the most outstanding collections of American Indian artwork in the country. The collections range from historic cultural items to contemporary fine art. Several collections are especially noted, chiefly the museum’s broad collection of about 1,200 Katrina dolls donated by the late Senator Barry M. Goldwater and the Fred Harvey Company. The Heard Museum’s collection of fine art includes more than 3,600 pieces and documents the 20th century development of the American Indian Fine
Art Movement, including work by some of the finest historic and contemporary Native American artists
2301 N. Central Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85004
Taliesin West, the Frank Lloyd Wright house
Frank Lloyd Wright began building this desert masterpiece in 1937 as his personal winter home, studio, and architectural campus. Located on the beautiful Sonoran desert in the foothills of the McDowell Mountains in northeast Scottsdale, the site offers a broad range of guided public tours. Visitors experience firsthand Wright’s brilliant ability to integrate indoor and outdoor spaces.
Taliesin West is located at 12621 North Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd, Scottsdale, AZ 85259.
The entrance to Taliesin West is at the Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd and Cactus Road intersection.
Call (480) 627-5340 for additional information.
For GPS directions, use 12345 Taliesin Dr. Scottsdale, AZ 85258.
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