Scottsdale, AZ is a vibrant city with a deep-rooted cultural history. From renowned museums to archaeological sites, there is something for everyone to explore. The Heard Museum is a must-see for anyone interested in the Native American cultures of the Southwest. Here, visitors can wander through a replica of a traditional Navajo hogan and investigate a variety of displays and hands-on activities.
The museum also hosts popular annual events such as the world championships in hoop dancing and the Heard Museum Guild Indigenous Fair. The Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) is another great destination for music aficionados. With more than 5,000 cultural instruments and artifacts on display, including instruments played by icons such as Roy Orbison, John Lennon, and Carlos Santana, visitors can see, hear, and play instruments from all over the world. Don't miss the Experience Gallery where you can unleash your inner musician with guitars, drums, gongs and other instruments.
The Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA) is an educational institution devoted to presenting exhibitions of contemporary and modern art, architecture, and design. The contemporary two-story museum building is an award-winning architectural masterpiece that meets the highest standards of sustainability and natural resource conservation. For a full description of Arizona's museums, their exhibitions and & pass discount cards, see our overview page with all the museums in Arizona. Located in the art district of Downtown Scottsdale, Western Spirit is situated between Indian School and Osborn Roads, and one block west of Scottsdale Road.
Scottsdale's renowned museums are renowned for their cutting-edge exhibits, film screenings, special holiday events, and interactive exhibits that will captivate you from the moment you step inside. You'll feel like you're doing an archaeological excavation at the S'edav Va'aki Museum (formerly known as the Pueblo Grande Museum Archaeological Park and located near Papago Park). Located in the heart of downtown Scottsdale, this museum is within walking distance of numerous art galleries and restaurants, as well as Old Town Scottsdale.