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Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West named ‘Top Western Museum’ by True West Magazine

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A picturesque view of Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West.
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Scottsdale Museum of the West gets accolade eight straight years

Staff Reports | Digital Free Press

Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West is announcing top ranking among True West Magazine’s 2022 Top Western Museums. The museum will be featured in the September 2022 issue, which arrived in print on Aug. 10.

“Western Spirit is a true treasure — not just for the Phoenix area, but also for the West,” said True West Executive Editor Bob Boze Bell in a prepared statement. “It continues to do a great job of preserving Old West items and exhibits and then telling the story to a modern audience. Western Spirit is a Top Western Museum.”

True West has presented this annual award for 17 years.

Editors, led by Candy Moulton, base their selection on criteria evaluating exhibits, facilities, multi-media and online accessibility, events, and promotion of historic/cultural resources, according to a press release.

“We are once again honored to be on this list,” said James Burns, executive director, Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West. “Our mission is to share with audiences the stories of the Greater North American West, illuminating the past to shape our future, by featuring artwork and objects that define the iconic American West. We encourage visitors to immerse themselves in our western art, historical archives and sustainable architecture for the ultimate Western Spirit experience.”

The museum features regularly changing and permanent exhibits of Western and Native American art and artifacts, entertaining events and informative programs that bring the West’s heritage, culture and community to life. Featuring Light and Legacy: The Art and Techniques of Edward S. Curtis, Beaded Gauntlets from William P. Healey Collection, Dr. Rennard Strickland’s Western Poster Collection, and The Railroad Opening Up the West, a brand-new model train exhibition.

Permanent exhibitions continuously on display include Canvas of Clay: Hopi Pottery Masterworks from The Allan and Judith Cooke Collection, which features 65 of the finest examples of Hopi pottery spanning six centuries, the Frankie and Howard Alper Collection of John Coleman Bronzes and The Abe Hays Family Spirit of the West Collection, a showcase of more than 1,400 saddles, spurs, cowboy gear and other Old West objects.

The museum, at 3830 N. Marshall Way, Scottsdale, is open from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays. Hours change in November so check the website.

Admission is $20 per adult, with senior and military discounts available; children 6-17 and college students are $9 each; and children 5 and younger are free.

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